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Do you listen to FM radio on your phone?

Posted: , by Ray S.

Do you listen to FM radio on your phone?
It has probably come to your attention that Samsung decided to release its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, without a built-in FM radio. While the company tried to explain this decision with the fact that its customers tend to use more digital services nowadays, this kind of sounds strange, because Samsung is used to providing its customers with options, even though many may not need them.

Anyway, this whole thing made us wonder if the FM radio is indeed on its way out of mobile. Now, before you guys get nostalgic and covered in tears, please make sure to cast your vote in the poll below. After all, if it turns out that almost no one uses this feature, then Samsung was probably right to leave it out. But if there's even a small part of users who still listen to FM on their phones, then we can treat that as a wrong move by Sammy.

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Do you listen to FM radio on your smartphone?
1028 votes
(1028 votes) Yes, I do!
506 votes
(506 votes) No, I don't!
611 votes
(611 votes) No, but I like to have my options.

2145 votes

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posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:49 23

1. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

No harm in adding fm option, what if there was an alien invasion by aliens who like eating submarine communications cables and the only way to communicate is through radio? Yea, that's a stupid example but you get the general idea.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:24 12

28. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:41 5

35. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

I want a FM transmitter, not receiver though. I need it for my car audio system. And, only my old Symbian phones have it.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 12:57 2

39. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

I want both, but have to agree that the transmitter is the one that I want (and use) more

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:50 6

2. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 672; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)

Last phone I had with FM Radio was my DROID X. Kinda forgot about it after my nexus and note 2. It'd be nice to have though....

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:50 25

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 2035; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I use the fm radio when I already get sick of the songs on my phone

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:52 15

4. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

hahaha same comment i was about to write ! ^_^

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:35 6

25. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

and when you are without tv and want to listen to cricket commentary on the radio

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:53 7

5. windroid (unregistered)

Just didn't bought a WP already because the FM radio is still to be released by MS.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:27

32. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Which is beyond stupid, and proves the trend, because my Samsung WP 7 has the radio, and I have used it from time to time. Would miss the option.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:43

42. windroid (unregistered)

Because the base of WP8 is completely different from WP7, it wasn't just a case to migrate the radio functionality to the new platform.
MS assumed it just hadn't time to develop the radio in WP8.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:10 10

6. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Radio simply gives you the option to listen on the trending music. The most listened, the top 10,20,100. New singles, new release, new albums. Pretty much any news from your favorite celebrities and artist. It has been in our life ever since it was created. And we can listen for free without using data or wifi. I guess it shouldn't hurt anyone to include in the package. :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:10 6

7. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

poor s4 :) it hasnt got any fm radio :( ooo my littleeee sweetieee

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:21 12

9. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)

poor iphone it hadn't got any FM radio since the first iphone ;)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:36 9

11. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

poor i-fan :) it hadn't got any brain :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 22:24

53. ZeroCide (Posts: 772; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

LOL! Preach on preacher!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:18 5

8. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

I do but i use Apps for that

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:25 4

10. wendygarett (unregistered)

Nope, I don't need to

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:19 3

22. recond9 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

Dude,don't say your opinion here anymore...the trolls will make you 'bleed' from these thumbs.. lol

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:48

43. windroid (unregistered)

Now we all know what's the deal with samsung:

I'm interested to know how much samsung is paying you to troll WP topics.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:38 6

12. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I basicall dont listen to the radio. Now and days todays music kinda sucks. So i listen too old tracks from the 90s-2003 & the late 80s. Only download a new song if it have a good beat

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:53 3

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3739; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I agree with the music part... Music these days are spoiled by the remix and all that party beats and stuff! I don't call that music...
And i'm quite surprised these polls came out after the S4 has been released!
Call it co-incidence but i don't like it. First the uni-body versus the removable battery cover and now devices with the FM versus devices without FM.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:12 3

14. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

I have samsung galaxy nexus which has no fm radio but if it did, i'd use it from time to time.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:13 4

15. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Yes, I do, they play many latest trending songs! FM radio rocks! Everything you want to listen is all inside the radio, American pop, K-pop etc.

FM radio rocks! :D

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:16

16. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

I say turn off fm radio all together and sell the bandwidth to better 4G services or in preperation of 5G services

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:42 1

17. karas (Posts: 77; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Why dont these manufactures read phone arena polls?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:43 1

18. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

I don't but my brother in law would. He got a L920 also and was hoping for iHeart Radio. Not sure why they ditched us. I told him the phone has built in FMand MS is going to enable it in an update.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:56 2

19. Edison64 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)

Is a big mistake to think that people only listen to the radio for music...!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:01 3

20. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Nah, I don't listen Radio except when in my car and even then 90% of the time I play music from my phone through my Jeep's audio system, and only listen to FM Radio now and then, still though, I like to have my options!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:18

21. recond9 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

If they remove it just because ''it's old and no one use it'' they've done a mistake.There are lots of people who use Fm everyday,especially on the third world countries (some will buy it there,eventually).Even I use it, because my WIFI isn't strong enough in the kitchen and i hook my s3 to the audio system everyday,for some radio love...
But then again... if they remove it for the space and other hardware things,i am fine. :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:19

23. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Surprised that many have said yes. I guess I just prefer my own music.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:26 1

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 21184; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I prefer AM, for all the good sports, and talk radio. ESPN 1100 out here in Vegas.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:31 1

33. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


That is why even though I have used the FM radio on my phone, the "Tune in Radio" app and ESPN Radio apps get way more use.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:36 1

48. Ivan6479 (Posts: 249; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I hear ya! I prefer the "Tune in Radio" app way more than a regular FM transmitter because I can listen to radio stations all over the place.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:01

26. sswain (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

The US version of the GS3 doesn't have a radio either! Only the international version does.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:14

27. Sdubb3 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)

I sure do. Old school hour every Friday on my old ass Evo 4g. This sucks though because I want a S4.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:24

29. Sdubb3 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)

Just checked iHeart radio and my station is on there. It's all good!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:57

30. peterminaca (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)

Well, AT&T says it has a FM radio! Check it out, but I didn't find it with Rogers and telus etc.
Correct me if I was wrong.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:25

31. boosook (Posts: 1436; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

I don't believe the results of this poll, I've never known anyone who listens to the radio on the phone and now you're telling me that 50% of users do. This is also mathematically incompatible with the operating systems shares, since the iPhone does not have the radio. This means that more or less 100% of non-Apple users would listen to the radio on his/her phone... how many people do you know among your friends that do this?
It's simply that people always want to complain.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:39

34. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Since you are not following people around at all times, the use of the FM options on their Android phones maybe way more common then you think.


Android users dominate this site way more then any other OS. It sure seems that way based on the comment sections of articles. If I am right on that, then the posters of PA would find the FM radio way more important.


Android users who use their FM are also more likely to click on this link and vote on this poll then those who don't care.

It could be that people who use an option do not want to lose it, which is complaining I guess, but it would not belittle this poll.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:52

37. boosook (Posts: 1436; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Youre objections make sense, and you might also be 80% right.
Anyway I feel that, among the people who now are complaining, there are many who never opened the radio app in their life, while now it almost seems that FM radio is THE most important feature in a phone.
Just like with removable/integrated batteries: every time a new Android phone with integrated battery is released, forums are filled with complaints from people that, I'm sure, never bought a spare battery in their life...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:03

45. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Okay... THAT argument makes complete sense. And is probably more then a little true.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:26

49. 14545 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

The FM radio thing I will agree with you on. The integrated/non-removable batteries I won't. I always buy spare batteries and will continue to do so as long as I can. Same with removable memory. I think the FM radio thing is blown out of proportion though. As I have had it on a couple of my phones and never once even bothered to use it. It's just easier to download an app to listen to whatever I want, or just listen to Gmusic.

Also, one more case for, if nothing else, easily replaceable (if not removable, unlike the One) is that batteries are a wear item. A wear item that *might* outlast the phone, but it's still nice to be able to buy a replacement if the need arises. Or, in the case of the One, you would have to replace the phone, because there is more of a chance of breaking something than actually replacing the battery.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:57

36. McFrost69 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

I should say I used to listen to local FM radio on my cell phone, until I switched from my Thunderbolt to a Galaxy Note II. The GN2 DOES have an FM radio, but Verizon turns it off, probably so it won't compeat with their music services. I'm not ready to root my GN2, but I did root my old Thunderbolt and use it now as a music player AND FM radio! Got rid of all the Verizon bloatware on it, too.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 12:03 1

38. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

In fact not only I do listen FM, I rejected phones for not having FM radio. I rarely listen to music on FM. Usually I listen to news and debates (political, financial, etc.).Too bad for some great phones for not including such a basic piece of hardware... their loss.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:18

40. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)

The radio stations I listen to have apps, and so I can listen to them without the static that comes when the signal gets too weak. And then I also have my music and Songza. I really don't have a use for FM Radio.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:35

41. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I don't listen to the FM radio on my phone. However, I do have an older phone that has an FM transmitter that I use to play music over my stereo system at home, or in a car. I still have older, legacy devices that do not have BlueTooth connectivity. Playing my music over these devices is a nice option to have.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 15:34

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i would probably use it if i had it.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:34

46. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Ray, you silly person.. you're missing an option if you're asking about FM radio use... What about those who would like to use it but can't because it's not included in their handset?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:16

47. Loubielou (Posts: 508; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

FM Radio is been one of the Best Functions Available on Phones,an Samsung have made a Big mistake thinking people will have no complaints having to pay to on the internet to use the Radio on the S4,but some will ever buy a cheap budget phone with the radio on it,our turn there backs on the S4,i bet we get the S4 update from Samsung with the radio on it

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:39

50. shahulvm (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

Absolute truth is that the carriers have always pushed the OEM's to disable the FM Radio so that the consumers pay for the internet radio through data usage...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 19:06

51. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

most phones dont even have FM radio on them. I wonder who here is actually listening to fm radio on their phone legitimately and not via an app like iheartradio or similar?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 20:50 1

52. bayusuputra (Posts: 962; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

The ones who chose the 2nd options are either really never use FM Radio, or the S4 fanboys trying to justify Samsung's move.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 02:28

54. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 217; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)

I dont use it much, but would like to have the option. My wife used to use it a lot on her old Nokia N97 and now she is upset she cant because I bought her a Lumia 820. In fact I realised WP8 didn't come with FM receiver only after I bought my wife the Lumia. I really wish WP8 also would bring back the FM radio.

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