Some years ago, there was no mobile phone that did not have FM radio. It was one of those virtually essential functions. However, over time and because of radio applications and new services, the radio has been in the background. Therefore there are more and more smartphones without the radio. Many of the smartphones we have met during this year have arrived without this application that one day was basic, but there are still a few left in the resistance. If you are an FM radio lover, we bring you a list of all the phones that have a radio. But first, let's talk a little about this function that seems doomed to disappear.
Although for many users (probably most), it is irrelevant that a mobile phone has FM radio or not, the truth is that there is a good part of them that makes it into account when buying a new one. It is clear that, with the Internet connection and the dozens of radio applications that exist, traditional radio is no longer essential, but that does not mean that the more "purists" still prefer to continue listening to their favorite stations as before. In addition to each one's personal preferences, it is also necessary to highlight that the radio of a lifetime does not need an Internet connection, and therefore, does not need mobile coverage or WiFi connection. Internet radio apps cannot work because there is no coverage. There may be an FM radio signal.
Although we already talked long and hard in another article about why there are more and more smartphones without a radio, it is worth recalling how we got to this situation. Pilot experts prepared a study a few years ago, which said that the vast majority (97%) of smartphones sold in the United States did incorporate FM radio chips. So why in the vast majority the FM chips are not in use? According to the same study, in 34% of these smartphones, FM radio can work, but 66% had it covered. The phones did have the necessary chip to capture the FM, but the manufacturers had decided not to make it functional. Although there is no official data in this regard or enough information to confirm a conspiracy, few believe that manufacturers are at the mercy of operators, whose part of their business is that their customers connect as much as possible to the Internet. Thus, it is no secret that FM radio goes against the economic purposes of telephone companies.
Data saving and battery saving. These two are the main advantages of a mobile phone with FM radio. Although the data rates are getting wider - and more expensive -,, it never hurts to reduce consumption as much as possible so as not to spend them too early. More important is, if possible, the battery consumption, which is much higher with a streaming application that requires a constant Internet connection, than using the FM radio chip built into the phone. Although FM radio is free, listening to it through streaming apps is costing you money in some way - consumption of your data rate. Therefore, a few years ago, movements such as Free Radio on very phones emerged, which advocated that all users could enjoy free radio with their mobile. As a disadvantage of FM radio concerning applications, we must have headphones, since they act as an antenna to receive the radio signal. There are indeed mobiles with a built-in antenna, but this is not usual when we talk about smartphones. And now, let's go with the promised list.
Signatures such as HTC, OnePlus, or Google do not appear on this list, and they stopped providing their FM radio terminals some time ago. However, and as you have seen, there is still a considerable list of smartphones with which you can enjoy the radio.
As you can see on the list, there is a great lack of high-end mobiles with FM radio, and that is that only LG, Huawei, and Motorola seem to be willing to activate the chip in their best phones. We do not know which line the manufacturers will follow, but the situation is unlikely to change in the short term. Thus, to enjoy a free FM radio smartphone that we talked about initially, there is no other than either choose the mid and low range phone or choose between the few high-end phones on which you can still use it.