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Defasher wrote

Any hacks to enable the radios?


________deleted wrote

Looks like a jailbreak would cure it.

Not that most people here can afford iphones.


Wibbly_Wobbly wrote

I've looked into this a lot, and it seems to be that though the chip is there, there are other hardware changes needed to access it.


23i wrote

solution for android?


periol wrote

Download the NextRadio app - if the chip isn't disabled it should work, and it will tell you right away if it's compatible with your phone. Uses your headphones as antenna. In the US works well w/ Sprint, YMMV on other carriers.


23i wrote (edited )

sadly, my phone apparently isn't. :( which is kind of unbelieveable, since I have an old dumbphone that could theoretically do that.


bobpaul wrote

A few things.

  • Not all Bluetooth chipsets have FM receivers.

  • If it exists, the FM receiver only works if the antenna pin is connected (generally to the headphone ground, but a dedicated antenna can also be used).

  • Phones that both have a receiver AND have it connected to an antenna generally list FM radio in the specs and come with FM radio software.

With regards to the iPhone specifically, the latest iPhones don't even have a headphone jack and they certainly don't have a dedicated FM antenna. Apple claims they use a chipset that lacks FM.