FM receiver to be activated on the Nokia Lumia 520

FM receiver to be activated on the Nokia Lumia 520
Back in March, we told you all about the GDR2 update for Windows Phone that will enable FM Radio on certain Nokia Lumia models. A Nokia insider previously mentioned that the feature would appear following the update, on the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820. But an online chat with a representative on Nokia Care Chat confirmed that the low-end Nokia Lumia 520 will have support for the FM Radio after the new software version is installed.

While the online rep didn't mention any other model but the Nokia Lumia 520, it would seem strange to have such a feature not be made available in higher priced handsets, especially in light of the March report. Qualcomm chips used on the phones all have FM Radio functionality, but must be hooked up to an antenna. Considering that Nokia has apparently done this with at least one of its cheaper models, there is no reason to believe that they would not have done this with its more expensive units.

Over 2100 of our loyal readers recently responded to a poll on whether or not they use their smartphone to listen to FM Radio. Over 51% responded that they do not use their handset as an FM receiver. While 47.93% do listen to FM on their phone, 23.59% responded that they do not use their smartphone to listen to FM. Another 28.48% don't listen to FM over the phone, but would like to keep the feature on the phone just in case they want to use it in the future.

source: MyNewMachine via WMPoweruser

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Lumia 520
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(9.6h 3G talk time)



1. zivan

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Good to hear that ..but my desire is to have FM transmitter in every lumia like my old n8 ....thanks Nokia still connecting people......

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

still using FM trnsmitter on my N8...... thankx nokia

2. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

They kinda pioneered the fm radio onto phones with the Nokia 8310 so it's ironic to see it being neglected, good to see they haven't forgotten such a useful feature imo.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Nokia didn't neglect it. Its just that the WP8 platform, for now, doesn't recognize the FM hardware in the device. Thats why this update is being rolled out to all WP8 devices, including HTC, Samsung and Huawei. So guess they will all support it.

5. mr1kalbo

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

i have now my lumia 520 with serial no. 355910057675890..pls. activate now the dormant radio receiver. i can't use the local fm radio when i am not connected to internet.. thks

6. ohauta

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

any information, when and where the FM receiver can be activated or updated into my Lumia 520? Any link to Microsoft of Nokia marketplace? Otherwise a good phone but as internet connection seems to be unstable for us, the "traditional" FM radio is a must for us.

7. ohauta

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

~ Any link to Microsoft OR Nokia marketplace?

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