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Smulyan Convinces Sprint The FM Chip Is Cool

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(1/9/2013 3:19:11 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Radio Guy - Windows has 3% of market, and their original WP7 phones had FM radios. Unfortunately the new WP8 phones dropped it, and Sprint is VERY late coming to the table with WP8 commitment. I for one already dumped my Sprint account because they only carried the HTC arrive, a subpar WP7 phone at best. Hopefully this new initiative will roll out without issues. WP8 is a great operating system, adding FM back is a step in the right direction.
- G-Man
(1/9/2013 1:56:27 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Mr. Smulyan's efforts over the past couple of years, to get the phone-makers to include/activate FM chips, have been documented in the radio trades. I think we all owe him a debt of thanks for all of his work to get our collective foot-in-the-door. It's a step in the right direction and an exciting one, at that.

Congratulations - and thanks - to Jeff Smulyan for your persistence. Kudos to Sprint for seeing the value.

- Rod Schwartz - Radio Sales Cafe
(1/9/2013 12:38:51 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Thank you Mr.Smulyan. Your efforts are appreciated.

I am current Sprint customer, and will continue since they support my industry.

I urge my fellow broadcasters to support products and vendors that support our industry.

Damon Collins

- Damon Collins
(1/9/2013 12:16:09 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
John Stone- this is very, very, very few phones. Windows currently has 1% of the smart phone market and that's ALL Windows phones. This deal is for "select" Windows phones. Android has a lot of phones and since it is also "select" phones, and only on Sprint, we can assume that it will have minimal impact. Plus you have to share any ad revenue with Sprint. Fun. Still, it is a good first step.

- Radio Guy
(1/9/2013 12:02:35 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
This is a very important step. 50% of the phones are smartphones. It may not be 'all' the phones but it is real progress for the radio industry!
- John Stone
(1/9/2013 11:23:18 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Many people in radio seem to have no understanding of how the mobile industry works.

Many, many phones have chips in them for all sorts of purposes that aren't activated. This is because the chip mfg will make a chip and combine several features but it is up to the mobile operator or order the phone with the components they way. Adding extra components increases the license fees they pay. Sometimes a phone mfg will add a feature in the hopes that this will increase the value of the phone to the consumer. It is common for example, for a chip to include several codecs and support for multiple formats as well as multiple mobile network protocols. These are turned on based on carrier demand.

The mobile phone industry hasn't been including a radio because they don't care about radio. The average consumer uses streaming services and likes them. Those drive data plans which, and this seems left out to many radio people, are required anyway, on all smart phones.

Jeff got a deal with Sprint for "select" Android and Windows phones. This is a very small deal and will have no practical impact in the market but, to give credit where credit is due, it may influence other carriers to participate.

It should also be noted that the radio industry is paying Sprint i.e. Sprint didn't do this because they wanted radio; they did this deal because radio is paying Sprint. There's nothing wrong with this except that expectations of what if anything this could add to the bottom line need to be tempered.

- Radio Guy
(1/9/2013 10:05:42 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Interesting that he's holding an iPhone which has been rumored to already have an FM receiver onboard (presumably only to enable the Nike + sensor) but the text only mentions Android and Windows based smartphones will get the "chip". Come on Apple, let us use the FM chip please!!
- Mike

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