NAB Says FM Radios No 'Burden' to Cell Makers
The National Association of Broadcasters has responded to criticism from electronics makers of its plan to mandate FM radios in all mobile devices. Speaking to Cnet, NAB executive vice president Dennis Wharton said, "There would be a public benefit to have free and local radio on all of these devices. I don't think it's a huge burden on cell phone manufacturers to add this device. We understand their opposition. They'd rather usage based pricing, to have FM over IP so they can charge for it. That's where their business model is headed." The real impetus behind the FM radio mandate is to help settle a royalty dispute between broadcasters and the recording industry. Earlier this week, a group of six consumer electronics organizations blasted the NAB and RIAA's plan, saying, "Calls for an FM chip mandate are not about public safety but are instead about propping up a business which consumers are abandoning as they avail themselves of new, more consumer-friendly options." The NAB and RIAA's proposal has not been finalized, but it hopes to complete work on it soon and get it in front of Congress.
LG to Enable FM Radio In All Phones Moving Forward
LG today said it will ensure that all its future smartphones ship with active FM radios. Sometimes LG and/or its carrier partners leave FM radios, included in nearly all phones, inert.
FCC Says Applications for Incentive Auction Due Today
Today marks the deadline for companies planning to participate in the upcoming reverse auction to file their applications. The FCC will accept entries until the end of the day.
AT&T to Mandate Working FM Radios In Android Handsets
AT&T has requested that all its handset manufacturer partners include functional FM radios in their Android smartphones by 2016. Further, the company is asking its OEM partners to enable any FM radios that may be dormant inside existing handsets.
NextRadio Deal Will See FM Radios Unlocked On Samsung Phones
Samsung will ensure that at least some of its future U.S. smartphones ship with active FM radios, says NextRadio.
FCC Wants All Cell Phones Hearing Aid Compatible
The FCC today expanded the scale of hearing aid compatibility in cell phones to include IP-based communications, such as WiFi and VoLTE. AT&T and Verizon Wireless recently sought and received waivers to offer WiFi calling along with an alternate to the legacy technology called RTT (real-time text).
Most of the time I'd rather listen to CDs I bought or use my phone to stream Slacker or as an MP3 player.
And, if I ever did listen to radio again it would be satellite radio.
So you are wrong.
I'd also never listen to Satellite radio. It doesn't have the same ambiance.
Since I don't listen to CD's, no one does... so the FCC should base their de...
FM radio is also no burden to consumers
Saying that carriers oppose FM radios because they want to charge for streaming services is a red herring; consumers just aren't scrambling for FM radio on their phones.
One thing I most certainly DON'T miss about FM is the static!!!
There is absolutely no reason to propose this law other tha...
So why would you get a crappy radio stuffed into every phone.. if anything, that is the quickest way to tell people that FM is dead.
If they were smart, they would pair with Apple, HTC, or Motorola and put an HD radio chip (hi...
Why should a private royalty dispute drive US law to force radios in cell phones?
While we are using private settlements to force unrelated products into other products, mandated by congress, how about:
A film developer chemical dispute between Polaroid and Kodak requiring all digital camera manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, etc) to incorporate automatic film cameras?
A dispute between GM and Tesla requiring all electric motor devices to offer dual gas/electric...
Ford and Bridgestone force Grayhound to have all of ...
I like options - FM
I was just reflecting about the poor folk, or those who don't want to pay for data. For example: at&t has the LG Prime it has FM radio in it, its a very cheap phone mostly for GoPhone. This is a good use of FM because it reaches the public (in case of emergency) as a free service, and furthermore this phone does not have intense data or a memory card.
Music for the masses.
I was just reflecting about the poor folk, or those who don't want to pay for data. For example: at&t has the LG Prime it has FM radio in it, its a very cheap phone mostly for GoPhone. This is a good use of FM because