Do you at all care if a smartphone has support for FM radio? (poll results)

Do you at all care if a smartphone has support for FM radio? (poll results)
With ever newer tech constantly finding its way into the smartphones of the day, it's easy to forget about mobile phone staples such as FM radio. It's a thoroughly unsexy piece of tech, what with its adoption all the way back in the 30s, so it makes sense that, close to a century later, we'd be over it. And yet, quite a few phone manufacturers continue to include this feature with their phones.

But do we actually care if our phone offers FM radio functionality? If you ask Samsung, which announced that it'll be dropping support for the feature back in 2013 due to a "shift of interest to digital broadcasting", the modern user is no longer really interested in the feature. According to the results of our yesterday survey, however, quite a few of our readers are still very much into FM radio and do care if it's included with their smartphones.

Here's the actual split of the nearly 1,900 votes:

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26 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I do care because I don't have unlimited data plan and despite having 50 gigs of music in memory listening to radio is very refreshing and often just more interesting. Just like that guy above said with cycling example

5. Johnnie_Tap

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I agree. Listening to various radio stations is refreshing. You get used to your music in your local library, & by listening to radio stations you discover new styles (rising artists). The thing I miss most of having a FM Radio feature built in, is the capability to use it as a FM Transmitter. For me, it's easier than using the USB Lightning Cable (I have an iPhone 6) & AUX cable. For cars/home theatre systems that don't have Bluetooth, AUX & USB this is a bonus feature to have.

8. markpowervr

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

right! its refreshing. I like listening on FM Radio while driving my motorcycle on my way home from office. I dont store music on my phone primarily it uses a lot of space.

11. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I couldn't agree more and I have a question. Why is boosook's oppinion so important? Because judging from himself, bets that those who voted that they want the radio "they never realy use it" ?! Well, I use it in daily basis. And you should know that if a disaster occurs where you live and the cellular and data nets are down, authorities will transmit important informations through FM radio and air tv

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

I like the infographic type style of result. Nicely done, PA. On the topic, I haven't used it for 5-6 years and didn't see anyone using it in a few years, mainly due to the shitty channels in my country. I would rather keep my music on the phone or just stream it.

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

An FM radio is a convenient extra. Except most stations play terrible mainstream music :/

15. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Not all stations are that terrible, tho... Heck, FM radio is still a nice feature to have.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

FM radio station almost extinct around here, and all they play is old song :-/ but online radio station is popular in my country

6. DOUBLE_BASS

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

Poll theme: boosook has never met - Dingy_cellar_dweller

7. markpowervr

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

oh yeh...fm radio is a big deal for me. Radio FM is like a TV without visual as for Spotify is for Youtube. I dont like repeated songs on phone.

9. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i use it like once a weak.....i want fm radio to be honest...most of the time whne listening to a sports match

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I have listened to the FM radio in my last two cars for approximately 5 hours, and I used to make an 8-hour round trip on weekends to my other house in Texas. Radio is garbage unless I can curate it.

12. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

would be a great extra especially since some of them are there but disabled by at the request of the carriers. Options are great.

13. Nexus4Matic

Posts: 37; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Great visual chart!

14. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I listen to the radio everyday. In my car. If I use my phone to listen to music there are way more interesting things to find. Also, the last time I used my phone for the radio it required headphones to be plugged in because it used the headphone wires as an antenna so that's a little annoying.

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

My phone too requires headphones to use the radio stuff. Indeed pissing.

17. rkoforever90

Posts: 432; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

I use it especially while travelling I don't have an unlimited data plan.i use my dumbphone to listen to fm radio since my main phone don't have it.

18. Univice

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

The bottom of the result "graphic" is cut off using chrome mobile (viewing with Note 4) so that I can't see the result, no matter how I turn it or tap on it.

19. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hey I made it into the article.

21. Krjal

Posts: 424; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Grats mate! I was wondering if you use digital radio (dab+) or FM on your phone? Are digital stations available? In Australia almost every station, AM or FM, has a digital option now so it'd be convenient for a phone to support it. Especially for news, weather alerts and such.

26. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Thanks mate. I use FM on the phone and I'm from OZ as well.

20. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

Is a nice extra, if we have it, is better... is good for those who don't have unlimited GB in their data plans.. plus, you're not obliged to download and store playlists in your phone and listen always the same music... there's more variation with fm radio

22. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

The omission of fm radio has more to do with hardware than demand by users. As the logic boards in phones are becoming more and more compact in size, there just isn't any space left on the board to fit a fm receiver chip and antenna.

23. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Voted "nice extra, but not necessary" because I only use it when I have my earphones with me and when I am able to use it.

24. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I could be old school. I do care about it and I prefer listing to it than searching myself for new good musics.

25. Xperia14

Posts: 1207; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

"If you ask Samsung, which announced that it'll be dropping support for the feature back in 2013 due to a shift of interest to digital broadcasting", Read: "we at Samsung don't care about our customers and want to force them to use more data and/or our streaming services, so we take extra effort to disable features that are nromally working".

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