Your smartphone may include an FM radio chip but, chances are, it doesn’t work.
Now, an online campaign – freeradioonmyphone.ca – has launched in Canada, putting pressure on the cell providers and manufacturers to turn on the radio hidden in many cellphones.
Most Android and Apple smartphones have a built-in FM receiver which doesn’t require data or Wi-Fi to operate and it can easily be activated — if telecom providers would just ask the manufacturers to do it.
You can listen to The Wolf on your smartphone using our Wolf mobile app which uses minimal data, but…in an emergency situation…maybe not.
Built in FM radio on your smartphone can prove vital during emergency situations, such as the Fort McMurray wildfire. Gone are the days where we are carrying around our AM/FM/Cassette walkmans. Chances are you always have your smartphone with you…In times of crisis, cellular and internet service may be compromised and people often rely on local radio for emergency updates.
The campaign also plans to target Apple and pressure the company to get the FM radio working in the iPhone.
Though some wireless carriers and phone manufacturers have agreed to activate the FM chip in smartphones, we need your help to send a message to those that remain that free FM radio matters to you!
Help us make this happen.