Does anyone know if the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III has a FM Radio on it?
I know for sure the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S III comes with FM Radio on it that does not require streaming.
The information below is from the Samsung Galaxy S III European Manual.88
Learn to listen to music and news on the FM radio. To listen
to the FM radio, you must connect a headset, which serves as
the radio antenna.
››Listen to the FM radio
1 Plug a headset into your device.
2 In the application list, select FM Radio.
The FM radio scans and saves available stations
The first time you turn on the FM radio, it will start
3 Select a radio station.
4 Control the FM radio with the following keys:
1 Record a song from the FM radio.
2 Turn on or off the FM radio.
3 Search for an available radio station.
I checked Samsung User Guide in detail and couldn’t able to find any info on FM Radio. I also did Live Chat with Samsung Rep and they also re-confirmed that SPH-L710 Samsung Galaxy S III doesn't have FM radio.If available, you can download FM radio applications from Android market.
I got this response from Samsung Technical Support this morning.
Thank you for your inquiry. We understand that your asking if the Samsung Galaxy S3 U.S. has an FM radio.
Samsung Galaxy S III that is made for US market doesn't have a radio.
All Samsung products are manufactured to the specifications of the service provider for whom they are produced.
We appreciate hearing from our customers, as your comments are vital for us to continue improving our products, as well as our business.
We appreciate your patronage here at Samsung Telecommunications and we strive for the best in customer satisfaction.
Thank you for your continued interest in Samsung products.
No you can't "download FM radio applications from Android market". That would imply the FM tuner is still enabled and you just need software to use it. You can download internet streaming applications that might carry the same broadcast as a given FM station, but that is a very different thing.
I am tired of Sprint disabling functionality in their chipsets. Why is Sprint afraid of FM radio? You really think we are going to instead pay for Sprint Music? Makes me angry - if this can be fixed by ROM I am all in to flash to something that re-enables the radio.
It is curious that Sprint didn't disable the FM radio in the HTC Evo. I was in the store checking out the SIII and the Evo today and found the Evo FM Tuner worked nice. It is too bad the SIII doesn't have the tuner. I am starting to think NAB and HD Radio push for mobile phones include FM/HDradio tuners is a good idea. It would provide a great addition to the feature set to services for when good cell coverage isn't available. This is similar to the need for downloaded maps that the GPS can navigate through when cell signal drops but the GPS satelite coverage is available. Taking it a step further a builtin SiriusXM tuner option would be interesting too for thought with a subscription and an digital TV tuner. Ok those would be cool features but unlikely since the mobile carriers want you to use their bandwidth. Oh, wait with Sprint that doesn't matter with the unlimited bandwidth which means it should be an incentitve for them to have and FM tuner, download (cache trip maps for GPS navigation), and kick in the digital TV and SiriusXM tuners. One can hope Sprint management reads these forums and reconsiders decissions on future products. </RantRamble>
Why? Because some of us like live content. It is not just about music on FM radio but news, sports, quality programming with professionals introducing you new music and much more. In the case of a weather distaster radio is still number one for easy fast information. There are many reasons for radio where downloaded content still isn't the answer. Additionally as I said for when cell coverage is not available. There are still many areas that cell coverage is spotty to nonexistant and most likely will be for a long time because it does pay to put towers and infrastructure where there is a small population.
I disagree that Sprint didn't disable - they would have specified it not be enabled as part of their carrier customization package. Sprint has done this on lots of phones. The fact that all the other US carriers are just as dumb doesn't really help. Would be excited to see XDA provide a work-around!
Then, would this be pushed out with a firmware or software update.
The sad part is I took my phone to a Sprint rep Office and they downloaded the app and sent me on my way. When I get home to a headset, I find that it hangs up searching for stations on first start. Bottomline Sprint and or Samsung did not even update there US reps that the Radio was not available.
Fm Radio Tuner has its benefits! NO BUFFERING THATS A PLUS! And at the GYM I can set the stations that are on the tv screens! IHeart Radio and TuneinRadio are good for listening to out of state stations and i love that, but when I loose part of a conversation or song because of the buffering its so frustrating!
Why FM tuner? As previous poster noted, in emergency situations when a 3G tower goes down (happens in inclement weather alot) Also, sometimes you are in places where 3G is spotty. For example, the hills around the Ohio River in northern WV. Dip down into a valley and you lose your signal. If you are taking a walk in this area, it's nice to have the FM radio to hear NPR; 3G only works on hilltops.