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Sprint Pitches Local FM Radio as the Next Phone Feature

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Jan 8, 2013, 5:26 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 8, 2013, 6:55 PM

Sprint today announced that it has negotiated local FM radio access for its customers with American radio stations. Using an application called NextRadio, Android and Windows Phone smartphones will be able to access local FM radio over the air rather than stream it from Sprint's network. The NextRadio application, which acts as a tuner and will be available later this year, "combines the FM radio audio signal with synchronized metadata and images over the internet." In addition to being able to listen to their local stations, Sprint says the NextRadio app will allow for greater levels of interaction between listeners and their favorite radio stations. Sprint has not said which devices will first be able to access this feature, nor exactly when it will be available.


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Jan 8, 2013, 6:00 PM

Only one problem...

No one listens to the radio anymore. It's called Pandora
I actually listen to the radio quite regularly. It would be nice to be able to listen to the radio without using data.
Pandora kills your data. If you are like most people, you'd keep pandora on for hours at a time. Nothings wrong with FM radio, unless you have one of the sprint or t-mobile fully unlimited plans.
There's more to radio than just music. Sports, News, Politics, etc.
Lots of people listen to radio....radio ratings have not really significantly declined in the last 10 years....indeed in many cases ratings have actually gone up.

The only problem I have with an FM radio is that I usually don't listen to FM...I lis...
You mean the damned FM radio's most of my phones CAME WITH that sprint REMOVED or DISABLED ??

NOW they are going to bring it back? Grrrrr
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