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Poll results: Do you listen to FM radio on your phone?

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Poll results: Do you listen to FM radio on your phone?
Last week we decided to ask you, guys, if you still listen to the radio on your phones, because of Samsung's recent statement that FM radio is not that important for customers nowadays. And guess what, it turns out that many people are still using this feature!

Samsung decided against equipping its latest flagship, the Galaxy S4, with an FM radio, because its findings showed that customers these days tend to consume more digital services, however, the results from our poll paint a different picture. About 48% of respondents have votes positively, while just 23% admit to not using the FM radio. The remaining group of about 28% represents those users who rarely find the time to listen to FM radio on their phones, but aren't ready to lose this functionality yet.

Was Samsung right to leave the GS4 without a built-in FM radio? Did the company make a mistake? Sound off in the comments below!

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Do you listen to FM radio on your smartphone?
47.93%
1028 votes
(1028 votes) Yes, I do!
23.59%
506 votes
(506 votes) No, I don't!
28.48%
611 votes
(611 votes) No, but I like to have my options.

2145 votes


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posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:20 1

1. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Cool result!

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 10:09 4

20. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14193; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Samsung should have just left it in. Why bother removing it?

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:18

38. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Foolish Samsung, They left Radio because they said it's too Old but they put iRDA, some feature of 10 years Ago...

Galaxy S4 has iRDA. I think the problem is far more complicated than just their simple excuse.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:24 5

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Not me. Theres nothing really good too listen too on the radio. May be thats just me.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:00 1

29. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


No use for me either, unlimited data plan + spotify is the way to go.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:29 6

3. naveenstuns (Posts: 173; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


I listen to FM when I got bored of songs on my phone :P

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:21

39. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


FM Radio + FM Transmitter FTW, I miss my Nokia, bad a high end cellphone like this S4 don't have a simple feature like FM Radio but has iRDA.... ?!?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:37 3

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


Ah! Cool result!

And yes, Samsung made a mistake, they should've equip built-in FM radio on the Galaxy S4, why we listen to FM radio? Because of songs, radio stations play trending songs, all songs are included in the FM radio, American pop, Korean pop etc. and there are breaking news too!

Even the Sony Xperia Z, HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro have built-in FM radio, why Samsung didn't think about that? I don't get it!

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 10:05 1

19. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1046; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


theres no FM radio for the S3

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 10:23

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


Huh? The S3 has no FM radio? Why Samsung????

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 13:13

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


are u blind ? there is fm radio for s3 with RDS !!!

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 13:32

28. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1046; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


im not blind, but i dont see that theres a FM radio on the S3 (AT&T)

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 17:42 3

33. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


US carriers have gotten RID of FM support. However INTERNATIONAL S3 units DO have and support FM Radio.

posted on 06 May 2013, 04:12

43. muvig (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 May 2013)


they did that so that they can milk users by using radios that needs data connection.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:40

5. Rexperia (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


waiting for the samsung fan boy says...

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:31 2

15. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


This have nothing too do with samsung numbskull. It says do u listen to your fm radio on youre phone. Seriously people like u need too get a life or stfu

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:42 2

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


I need a FM Transmitter. Radio = people talking s**t (read: talking s**t, not reporting news) after cutting off a song played halfway - or that;s what that happens here, for my car. Many cars dont even have the bluetooth option yet.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:01

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


People talking s__t? You kidding me? Do you know what is a radio?

Yes, radio is all about trending songs, breaking news, and one more thing is ENTERTAINMENT. Why they talk a lot? Because they're entertaining us, a radio with nobody talking is very boring! Cutting off a song played halfway? Don't tell me that you want them to play the song fully, it waste even more time!

And what do you mean by "Many cars don't even have the bluetooth option yet." ?
Many cars have this option! Honda, Ford, Hyundai, Kia etc.

Geez.....you need to chill dude! :P

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:33 1

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


Nope, even the 2013 high spec model of Honda City doesnt have it; my mum bought one.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 10:21

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


Huh? I thought the 2013 high spec Honda City has a touch screen head unit (radio), or maybe I'm wrong, cuz it says Honda City VA.
http://www.honda.com.my/model/cityva/city/

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:51 2

7. iampun33t (Posts: 73; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


Well i listen to FM in my car, during my daily office commute. I havent even opened the FM Radio app on my S3, even once! I like to listen to something like a custom playlist on my device. Also, half the time, the Radio Jockey's are either talking crap or I have to listen to minutes after minutes of ads..!!!

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:52

8. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Negative!

posted on 06 May 2013, 04:22

44. muvig (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 May 2013)


it depends on the country, Here in Zimbabwe our radio stations are entertaining very very much, there are several discussion done on them with listeners phoning in. very minimal adverts. no local music are playing on these internet radios.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:13 2

10. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Not necessary.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:25 3

11. khmer (Posts: 95; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


FM Radio is very important when an emergency occurs, live news and music. Samsung made a big mistake but I still buying Galaxy S4 instead of HTC One for removable battery, expanding external memory and live thermometer. I will listen to the Radio inside my car. People choice and freedom to choose their favorite phone.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 13:15

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


you are always gettin hot ha ??? thermometer is tooo necessary for us :) we are all sick people :D hahah

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:28

30. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


If an emergencey occurs do you think your going to hear about it first on the internet or your fm radio that you apparently run 24/7.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:41

12. FlushGordon (unregistered)


I mainly listen to Rock and Metal

So NO.....No no no..
.ever

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:44

13. FlushGordon (unregistered)


The days of traditional radio broadcast are numbered....I don't really give a squat

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 08:09

14. roldxx (Posts: 50; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)


sammy took out the fm radio chip and replaced with weather sensors chip. lol. i do not know sht about the new sensors, better listen to weather news over fm instead

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