The cellular company will allow FM Radio hidden inside smartphones to run on its network
Almost all smartphones have the feature of an FM Radio built in them. So the FM Radio is not activated by the networks. But AT&T will allow its users to turn on the F, Radio. Some might consider the conventional radio technology to be obsolete. But AT&T does not believe so and will provide its customers with radio services.
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If a person is using the AT&T network then they can enjoy the FM Radio in the US. According to Engadget, AT&T is asking the smartphone manufacturers to turn on the FM Radio built into the cell phones. The network AT&T is not making the radio function a need for all its users. The service may be provided on a selective basis.
Usually carriers turn off the radio is to promote more data usage. Data usage results in more money for the carriers. So it’s quite surprising to realize AT&T will be turning the FM Radio on. AT&T is currently supporting the radio app NextRadio.
So it may be possible AT&T might have cut a deal with the Radio app. The deal could be based on a cut for AT&T from the ads and music sales. Even though the reason for AT&T’s radion activation is not clear, the move will prove to be beneficial for smartphone owners.
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Radio activation in smartphones has long been the topic of debate in the US. The move is also being supported by the NPR and the National Association of Broadcasters. FM Radio is a free medium and does not need an internet connection.