Future Samsung smartphones will have working FM chips in Canada


  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    about time

  • LarryD

    The only caveat is that you won’t be able to use Bluetooth headphones, I think. On my KEYone, I have to use wired headphones as they act as the antenna for the FM radio.

    • CaseyC

      So Samsung is catching up to Blackberry. 😉
      BB phones have had a working FM radio for years.

    • Ipse

      Not catching up, bringing back what the carriers (especially Verizon and AT&T) have asked them to remove.
      My first Samsung (S1) HAD FM radio.

    • TAC

      galaxy s3 last of their line to carry it. must be north american cause NA S3 first to remove

  • Victoria Grant

    I’m here for this!

    • Rethcork

      All LG phones on all carriers in Canada last year have the chip fully enabled. Works great!

  • southerndinner

    I’d be surprised if the scumbag Canadian carriers didn’t try to block this

  • basesloadedwalk

    This was working with the Galaxy Note 8. I’ve been using the FM radio with NextRadio for that since September.

  • Do Do

    I’m sure the carriers will kill it as it will hurt their sub services.

    • CaseyC

      How could a carrier block it since the FM signal is received over the air and has nothing to do with the carrier?

    • Do Do

      The same way the do everything else to screw up your phone. They have the ability to add or block software. Where do you think most of the bloatware comes from. Remember a few years ago when Rogers (they claim by mistake) blocked tethering which was fixed after the next update. So when the phone makers release updates it goes to carriers first, they do what they want to it and then it comes to us.

    • Brad Fortin

      The same way the do everything else to screw up your phone. They have the ability to add or block software.

      That depends on the manufacturer. Some are more willing to bend to carriers’ whims than others. See: iPhones and Nexus/Pixel phones.

    • Do Do

      True about Apple as far as I know, I’m not sure about the Pixel’s but my old Nexus S had a lot of Rogers bloatware that got installed as soon as I put my sim in.

    • Brad Fortin

      Newer Nexus phones don’t have that anymore (or at least my Nexus 4, 5, and 5X don’t), and my co-worker says his Pixel 2 doesn’t.

    • GoodBytes

      Just buy the phone full. No carrier locks, no limitations. Yes its super expensive, but comes out to the same as your plan price per month will plumet. Also, you have more power on your hand as you can switch provider ever week if you want, giving you more negotiation power.

    • Do Do

      Thats not True, I typically buy “full” and it doesn’t matter, in fact I once asked a Samsung store why? and he said he didn’t know, it’s not right but as soon as you put your sim in it downloads their bloatware. Which I already knew.

    • GoodBytes

      So then that is Samsung that on purpose implemented the back end to screw over its consumers. Probably getting a nice pay check, or preferential treatment in selling their phone over others. Buy another phone from a different manufacture.

    • TAC

      you’d have to make sure its an international model and not a north america one.

  • gremlin0007

    Nextradio FM radio has been working on my Samsung Note8 since I’ve gotten it from Rogers in September. Confirmed to work by FM chip since I had my data and wifi disabled. It uses my wired headphone as the antenna. I remember over 10 years ago, one of my frist cellphones was able to do this also.

    • Canadiana Jones

      Thank you for your post. I will definitely check this feature, not that I’ll stop using TuneIn over my 10Gb of data 🙂

  • Brad Fortin


    In its press release, NextRadio rightfully notes the FM chip in a smartphone can provide life-saving information from radio stations when data channels are congested or non-[existent].