Group Pushes For FM Chips In Canada
May 17, 2016 at 11:14 AM (PT)
The NATIONAL CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY RADIO ASSOCIATION has launched an online campaign to put pressure on Canadian telecoms and manufacturers to turn on the FM chip in the country's mobile phones, CBC NEWS reports. The "free radio on my phone" campaign is initially targeting ANDROID smartphones, many of which have adopted the FM chip in AMERICA.
Campaign organizer BARRY ROOKE is trying to persuade the telecoms with advantages such as a FM chip drains considerably less battery power and can prove vital during emergency situations, such as the FORT MCMURRAY wildfire. "It's a safety issue," ROOKE said. "The idea is to put enough pressure on [providers'] customer service and publicly,"
Of the major Canadian telecoms to respond to inquiries about enabling the FM chip, BELL said it already offers activated FM radios in a number of its wireless devices, while ROGERS admitted that it hasn't turned on the chip, but it's on the company's radar.