This is not the first time I have seen this - I had a phone that the bluetooth was disabled in the early days of blue tooth - go figure - and the Sony Xperia Z had an FM chip in it and the manufacturer software sitting on the home screen - disabled.
Carriers have long played fancy free with the feature sets that the device manufacturers include in their product and market as key value items.
Many times, I have heard, oh that is a manufacturer issue, or we don't support that feature - when it comes to FM radio chips, there is no support required on the carrier's part - if it fails over time, you will get it fixed through warrenty or privately if you so choose.
Definitely something I have found very frustrating - first you determine whether a product has the feature set you want, then you have to figure out if the carrier will support it and try getting that information in advance of buying it. That is where I am looking forward to the longer buyer's remorse period.
I still keep my Q10 around because it had FM radio. I have had FM radio in my pocket for 50 years now in some manner or other, even when MP3 players came out, I got the ones with FM radio.
Thanks everyone and i just confirmed with my sister who works for Samsung Canada Mobile Department for tech support, she says the big three due disable the fm radio, and well ill just flash my radio with usa radio
and that will enable my fm radio and better battery life.
Rogers can you explain why you have disabled our FM after we pay 1200$ for this device.
Did you know that your Samsung smartphone has FM chip built in? That chip has not been activated by your carriers (BIG 3). Disabling chip makes you buy bigger data package sometimes also pay additional dollars for overuse. Samsung has done its part by adding FM receiver chip to their phones; now its Service providers obligation to Re-enable that chip in their devices.
The benefit of having Working FM chip on your phone.
• Save 3x the battery life of your phone – compared to streaming service
• Save 20x the data use on your phone – compared to streaming service
• Allow for emergency broadcasting and public safety alerts as mandated in the NPAS system (wildfire, floods and other natural disasters) when there is no network to
• Like me, if you travel a lot outside the country, free music FM never hurts. FM radio of that city can tell you lot more about that city than what you see. Roaming cost me $7 a day in addition to phone plan from TELUS when I was in Chicago last time just for streaming music on Spotify.
I love my local z98.9 and my92.1 FM radio and not a single day goes by when I am not tuned in to this to channels and I would love if I could hear them on my phone just by plugging in my headphones. Check my attached video.
Very soon Canada will have more mobile competition to open up the strangle hold that the 3 have which our own government is so scared to even deal with, when that happen big the start to fall down.
disabling features on a phone is just like the big 3 factory locking our phones which now next month will change
people need to not be afraid to ditch there provider, i ditch telus after 23 years and ok service
and moved to rogers. no difference to tell you the truth.
Can someone please explain to me why FM radio is not enabled on the G955W. This model with a Snapdragon 835 has all the necessary hardware to make it work and yet its intentionally been disabled in the software. I've made inquiries with Samsung and they referred me to contact Rogers to get this feature working. I bought this device directly from the manufacturer unlocked and yet Rogers seems to be responsible for disabling something I'd like to be able to use. There are times were I'd rather not use wifi or data to get something that my phone can ostensibly support natively so can someone from Rogers please explain this to me?