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Adding FM to a smartphone

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by KevinJames, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. KevinJames

    KevinJames WA's 1st retired mod
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    Hi everyone. I've searched for "FM Receiver" but all I keep coming up with is things like this. I don't want to pick up broadcasts through my car radio, I want to add FM to my smartphone. The reason is that I attend lectures that are broadcast on weak (short-range) FM signal within an auditorium. I am losing my hearing but I find I hear better when wearing headphones or earbuds. What I want is something that will receive OTA FM signal on a tuner where I can select a channel like any other FM radio. I'm assuming it would plug into the headphone jack of the phone and then allow the headphones to be plugged into it. I can't find anything. Wondering if any of you know of a device?
     
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    I am sure it's built into your phone, but probably isn't activated because carriers want you to use data. It always seems to be activated on unlocked/unbranded phones.

    If you can't find an app to activate it, head over to XDA. I am sure someone over there will have a script to activate it
     
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    Yeah, I remember reading that ATT had mandated that makers start activating it, but it never happened.
     
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    @mframe: Thanks for the link. Your mention of the Note3 made me realize I needed to update my profile. I currently have the S7-Edge (which I hate).
     
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    our3rotts An Iowa Gurl...
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    My college advisor is losing his hearing - he has a set of hearing aids with Bluetooth in them. When he attends a lecture, he sits up front - and has "receiver" that he places next to the lecturer and it transmits right to his ears.
    I hadn't heard about the FM receiver in our phones... cool!
     
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    If your phone has a built-in FM radio tuner but didn't come with a stock app that lets you access it, then NextRadio is your best bet. The set-up process is simple—just install the app, then if your device is supported, you'll be able to tune in on live FM broadcasts.

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