1. CSI Guy's Avatar
    I know, I know, I should know this but don't. Does the FM radio use data time or is it just like having a FM radio built into the phone and just uses regular air waves for the radio like your car?
    04-30-2013 09:38 PM
  2. SCjRqrQCnBQ19QoYCtdl's Avatar
    Try it with data turned off
    04-30-2013 09:40 PM
  3. SCjRqrQCnBQ19QoYCtdl's Avatar
    I don't understand why it requires headphones though.
    04-30-2013 09:43 PM
  4. anthonycr's Avatar
    It requires headphones because the headphones act as the radio antenna. Without them the phone cannot pick up the radio signal.

    Posted via Android Central App
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    04-30-2013 09:45 PM
  5. leez's Avatar
    I don't understand why it requires headphones though.
    Cleverly, it uses the headphone cable as an FM antenna--works with any headphones, just needed something with a bit more reach. Some early smartphones had this too (and many portable radios have done it for years)
    04-30-2013 09:47 PM
  6. CSI Guy's Avatar
    Question still remains, does it use data? Is it just like a pocket FM Radio? I just cant believe you could use the radio for free, Come on Providers, you could find a way to make money on this. Just kidding.
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    04-30-2013 09:50 PM
  7. SCjRqrQCnBQ19QoYCtdl's Avatar
    It requires headphones because the headphones act as the radio antenna. Without them the phone cannot pick up the radio signal.

    Posted via Android Central App
    Makes sense.So, any way to output through the speakers with head phone in?
    04-30-2013 09:51 PM
  8. mikereidis's Avatar
    Question still remains, does it use data? Is it just like a pocket FM Radio? I just cant believe you could use the radio for free, Come on Providers, you could find a way to make money on this. Just kidding.
    No data. Assuming you're using a "Real" over the air FM radio app.

    Just turn off your data and WiFi and see.

    Many streaming apps have "FM" in the name and of course they use data.
    05-01-2013 11:39 PM
  9. Matt Bourg's Avatar
    Makes sense.So, any way to output through the speakers with head phone in?
    Yep. Its pretty cool. Sounds very clear either way.
    05-02-2013 12:01 AM
  10. SCjRqrQCnBQ19QoYCtdl's Avatar
    Yep. Its pretty cool. Sounds very clear either way.
    So, how do you get the output to the speakers then?
    05-02-2013 06:23 AM
  11. Indecisive's Avatar
    I think there is a speakerphone type button to the left of the rewind button.
    05-02-2013 07:23 AM
  12. Dsat1908's Avatar
    I had the same question about my HTC One concerning data usage. When I read your simple suggestion, I felt pretty dumb! Thanks...HTC One FM Radio works just fine with data turned off.
    05-25-2013 12:23 PM
  13. ronzkie21's Avatar
    It doesn't use data. The headphones act as an antenna to pick up airwaves. It's a free radio tuner.
    05-25-2013 01:50 PM
  14. AdamsHouseCat's Avatar
    The FM radio functionality (actual FM radio with SoundHound - NO DATA streaming) was a significant selling point to me. My second choice phone ( Galaxy S4) doesn't have it.
    TomsAndroid likes this.
    05-26-2013 12:08 AM
  15. TomsAndroid's Avatar
    I also find the FM radio to be one of the selling points. How are you people finding the reception?
    05-26-2013 05:25 AM
  16. dano_tech's Avatar
    I'll have to try that

    Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    05-27-2013 03:28 PM
  17. Iain Angus's Avatar
    Yes it does, i tried to access my local radio station would work with data on, but not with it off. My previous samsung s3 had a built in radion that you needed to have the headphones in to act as an aerial, however with the s5 doesn't come with this built in radio. All i can see is radios that need data allowance, which sucks.
    DSN2476551 likes this.
    04-06-2015 04:02 AM
  18. DSN2476551's Avatar
    Right !! Great point! Now if someone would just answer the question instead of giving us a bunch of garbage
    08-24-2017 12:03 PM
  19. Jarrodsbabygirl2017's Avatar
    I was wondering the same question I tried turning off days and wifi and it still worked yeah so i hey gotta find out which uses more battery radio or my music on my SD card played thru fristwire while I'm walking
    06-19-2018 09:45 AM

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