Get Free Radio On Your Smartphone Via FM Chip

| July 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
Free Radio On My Phone graphic

FM chips in cell phones can be used to listen to radio. Graphic:

Free over-the-air radio, as well as up-to-the-minute public safety and weather information, could be accessible through your smartphone’s FM chip.

Two of WOSU Public Media’s partners, NPR and American Public Media, are working with other broadcasters to have FM chips activated in current cell phones.

One advantage of the feature is FM radio doesn’t require an internet connection and won’t drain your phone’s battery, according to, the organization spearheading the initiative.

The technology already exists in most mobile phones that are currently in use. To date, only Sprint has enabled FM chips, while the other major carriers – AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile – have refused to activate the chip.

For more information and to encourage your cell phone carrier to activate FM chips, visit

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  • tigersgrowl

    I never knew about that. Had I known, I would have listened to local radio because my data is capped within the first week due to all the 3G radio I listen to. This will be a great help however, I use the Kyrocera Event (don’t laugh, it was only $20 and I got a mortgage) with the Virgin Mobile service using the Sprint network. I contacted Virgin just now, we’ll have to see if they give me the run around as expected with most phone companies or not. If they do, I won’t give up there, I will consult the blogs and forums. If there is a way, I will find it.