1. jwt873's Avatar
    I did some digging and it appears that there are many smartphones that have FM radio receiving chips built in. This allows them to pick up FM broadcasts directly from the air with no need for a cellular or WiFi connection. For some reason, many manufacturers (Including Samsung) have the chips installed, but don't advertise the fact. And further to this... In order to use the feature, your carrier has to activate it.

    Here is a site with a list of phones capable of receiving local FM broadcasts. (Note that the Note 4 is included in this list)

    Supported Devices - NextRadio

    Here's a web page where people are urged to contact their carriers and ask that they unlock their phone's FM receiver chip. (It seems that currently, only Sprint, Boost and Virgin will activate the Note 4's FM chip).

    Free Radio on My Phone

    I wonder if anyone with a rooted Note 4 can weigh in on this.. Can you install the nextradio.app (NextRadio) and listen to local FM radio, and then pick up local FM broadcasts?
    03-15-2015 04:15 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    In case you want to start a list:

    AT&T Note 3 4.4.2 (pretty much stock for this purpose) - no go. (Or maybe the 3 didn't have the chip? I don't know.)
    03-15-2015 10:23 PM
  3. Maggie Pantsvanilla's Avatar
    I have a sprint unrooted note 4 and it works

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    03-15-2015 10:43 PM
  4. ChemMan's Avatar
    Att - no go.
    03-15-2015 11:51 PM
  5. ronb's Avatar
    Thanks! I have Sprint and I guess that is one perk. Didn't know it was there and already had the NextRadio app.
    Ron
    03-17-2015 12:34 PM
  6. paradox60660's Avatar
    Verizon unrooted a no go.
    03-17-2015 12:45 PM
  7. gonzoks's Avatar
    T-Mobile, no go.
    03-18-2015 03:02 PM
  8. Cody Jackson4's Avatar
    In case you want to start a list:

    AT&T Note 3 4.4.2 (pretty much stock for this purpose) - no go. (Or maybe the 3 didn't have the chip? I don't know.)
    us cellular no go
    05-04-2015 10:57 AM
  9. Aeeon's Avatar
    I am pretty sure any rooted phone would have full access to the FM chip unless the ROM creator explicitly left the feature out. I am very interested in this as well. Need someone who has rooted a Galaxy Note 4 on Verizon to confirm this please. If it works I will just root my phone, I'm tired of not having full control of my device!
    12-04-2015 12:22 AM
  10. Aeeon's Avatar
    The rom would need to have the feature turned on or someone smart enough to turn it on for it to work. There's another community that actually helped me root a samsung device I just can't remember what it's called.
    12-09-2015 12:10 AM

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