Do you at all care if a smartphone has support for FM radio?

Do you at all care if a smartphone has support for FM radio?
Display size and resolution, processor make and core count, camera megapixels and lens size, software version and custom skin, appearances and ergonomics — these form but a tiny subset of properties we all look for when on the market for a new smartphone. The combination varies with every person, of course, so just because your friend Joey simply must have the latest and greatest in camera tech doesn't mean that you attach the same priority to the shooter. You might be looking for something entirely different. Say... FM radio?

Sure, given the advent of fairly affordable mobile internet and inclusive enough coverage, an FM radio sounds like a rather outdated technology (which it kind of is). Still, it's a useful thing to have — all you need are your headphones and you're ready to roll. And even today, quite a few makers still offer the feature with their smartphones, including the likes of the Sony Xperia Z5 family, the LG V10, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and a number of others. This made us wonder, do you actually care if there's FM radio on board at all?

Let's get this settled:

Do you at all care if a smartphone has support for FM radio?

Don't care at all
21.15%
It's a nice extra, but not a necessary one
35.12%
I do care
43.74%

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49 Comments

1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I have not listened to FM radio in months if not longer. SiriusXM or Pandora or a cd.

18. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

Same here Either XM in the car, spotify everywhere else with google music mixed in occasionally

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, I have about 10Gigs+ worth of music in my SDcard inside my phone so, not really. It's definitely not an important one. Moreover, where I'm at, the channel option sucks, so yeah...

3. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I only listen to radio on my car, but that will come to an end the day Satellite radio finally hits my country.

4. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

To be honest I do care but one get use to not have it.

5. Cela911

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

In Countries like South Africa where you struggle with signal having FM radio to listen to can be nice, as the songs on your phone gets old quickly.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I've never known anyone who listens to the radio from the smartphone, and I bet that those 36% who voted "I do care" never really use it.

9. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

And why did they vote so?

11. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I used it a lot when phones had it.

28. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

some phones still have it

17. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I care since I use it every day for current events and the news while I ride my bike, making it more interesting than recored music.

27. churchofyoda

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I use my FM radio a lot for sports talk, as it's easier to listen to live broadcasts from local stations on FM radio than it is on TuneIn, iHeartRadio, etc. And the fact that it's data-free is a bonus.

53. srk_s_rao unregistered

May be for western, but most of the developing countries, FM is the major news and entertainment source

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I wish my phone(s) did, but it's not a deal breaker. I can always stream with TuneIn or whatever. Besides, the radio stations here in Tucson suck apart from Alice Cooper and Dee Snider.

8. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Since all plans have limited monthly data...phone should have working FM radio...if we are offered unlimited monthly data or upto 20+GB at affordable price then we can consider FM radio redundant.

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I think FM radio was more relevant at the time when there weren't smartphones or even longer - back, back when there weren't colour TV nor the web. I might still listen to it, but it's not a prioritic feature of mine in a smartphone.

30. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm on 30GB shared with the wife and with rollover, we've been hovering at 50GB ish data available at beginning of billing cycle (No i don't want to lower the data size because it was doubled during promotional period and at the office and around the house is all wifi)

10. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'd love to have it again. I use TuneIn Pro, but unfortunately NFL games are usually blocked from radio station streams. If I have to be out during a game, it'd be nice to be able to listen. Used it a lot with my older phones that had it.

12. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

If I had an unlimited data plan, I'd say to hell with it. The reality, however, is that I get 500GB for a 35USD plan, and 4GB with the 50USD plan. It may come off cheap to those who already pay 100-150USD a month for their "iphone plan", but in my Country the minimum wage is 240USD a month, so yes, omission of the FM radio is a greedy move by Apple, Samsung, Meizu and the like, so that the rich sheeps listen to Apple Radio instead of the FM one. And this strategy works, just look at some of the comments here.

29. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I'm sure you meant 500mb, not 500GB.

31. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

Get TMO. They will let you stream for free from the bigger services

13. KS104

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

well, you will start caring when you try to listen to your favorite game/team. FM radio, no problem, streaming radio, well-you have to pay(subscribe).

14. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I care

19. michaelny2001

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

no need for radio in the phone. Just get i heart radio and get all the locals live. I listen to Z100 every morning on my way to work. If you want live radio from a different country , just get Tune In radio. I listed to live romanian radio quite often.

40. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

None of those are going to get you an NFL our MLB game that's on the station.

20. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I used the FM radio app on my Z3 and Z5 when I had them, always to listen to sports talk radio at work or commuting. It is definitely a nice extra, but thankfully wherever the FM station could reach, I could get very good data signal, so I can use TuneIn to listen if I don't have that option.

21. Boslo82

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

Why not? I believe it's not an expensive feature so give it to me and i'll decide to use it or not.

22. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Less listen to it when there have music streaming app i.e Spotify

23. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Just wish Dab radio would be made available for Smartphones

24. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I just got a Sony Z3V and I just found it has an FM radio, it also has Noise canceling built into the phone itself just like my Walkman X1000, you have to use the special earbuds that come with microphones built in, very cool!

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