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Activate Your Cell Phone's FM Chip

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Your Cell Phone Has An FM Receiver

Did you know that your smartphone is also an FM radio? That’s right; today’s smartphones have a built-in FM chip that gives them the ability to receive radio signals in your area. This means you should have easy access to the entertainment you love and information you need – from music to local news to sports and more. This also means that in an emergency, you can still receive critical information from local radio stations.

The concept is similar to your car radio – if you can tune to a station in your car, you can tune to it on your smartphone.

Why Can't I Use It?

The reason you can’t currently access this smartphone feature is because some wireless carriers are opting not to turn on the FM chip for U.S. customers. This isn't something you can activate on your individual phone. It’s a decision that needs to be made by your wireless carrier.  

Public broadcasting stations are asking wireless carriers to activate the already-installed FM chip. This is where we need your help.

See How The FM Receiver Works

Is Your Smartphone Ready for Radio?

Hiawatha Bray, The Boston Globe

Why You Should Contact Your Wireless Carrier

There are a number of benefits to having your phone’s FM receiver activated, including:

  • The FM receiver gives you free and unlimited access to local radio stations.
  • The FM receiver turns your phone into an emergency radio, which is especially important when cell networks are down.
  • Using the FM receiver doesn’t require an Internet connection, which reduces the amount of data used each month and helps conserve battery power.

Contact Your Wireless Carrier Today - It's Easy!

Thanks to more than 500,000 consumers nationwide, there are now ten carriers/handset makers on board to activate the FM receiver in cell phones. You can help bring FM reception to all carriers and manufacturers by contacting Verizon and Apple.

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