Inside virtually every smartphone is a chip that allows the device to receive free over-the-air FM broadcasts. Telcos are apparently loathe to activate the chip because that might mean diverting us from using our data plans. Can’t have that, can we?
There is, however, a (slowly) growing movement to make it mandatory for those chips to be enabled, if for nothing more than emergency situations. There’s also a big push for an overlay program called NextRadio which completely changes the FM radio listening experience. US wireless providers–Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile–are already on board with FM chip activation.
The latest call comes from the City of Toronto. Mayor John Tory’s executive committee is looking at a motion that would ask telcos like Rogers, Bell, Telus and Freedom to turn on the FM radio chip in Android phones. Why just Android and not iOS? Got me.)
Why just Android and not iOS? Got me. Anyone know why iPhones are excluded from this action?
(Via the CBC)