Sprint subscribers who have wanted to have an FM feature on their smartphones will be pleased to know that they to support FM later this year. The company plans to bring NextRadio FM tuners to select Windows Phone and Android devices. If this plan pushes through then they will be the first U.S. carrier to offer the ability to access FM radio stations.
Smartphones equipped with the NextRadio FM tuner will be able to tune in to local FM radio stations and use various radio apps that require a tuner to work. The company will also bundle the NextRadio tuner app to work seamlessly with the hardware.
While you can tune into your favorite radio station by using a radio streaming app such as TuneIn Radio this would require you to be connected to the Internet. If you are on a limited data plan then listening to your favorite songs will definitely make you reach your cap in no time at all. Using a tuner won’t require an Internet connection since it just picks up the signal from any nearby FM station just like a regular radio.
Fared Adib, senior vice president, product development and operations at Sprint, said in a press release “We look forward to bringing Sprint customers another entertainment choice through NextRadio. This new, easy-to-use service adds another dimension to the versatility of our wide array of smartphones and will deliver a new avenue for thousands of local radio stations across the country to reach our customers.”
The company has not announced yet what devices will be featuring the tuner with specifics on this still to be revealed at a later date.
In other related news Sprint also announced their latest application bundle called Entertain Me. This will be available for their Android models and will be found under the Sprint Zone section. Subscribers will be able to easily access various services from here such as Sprint TV and Movies, Sprint Music Plus, Spotify, Slacker, iHeartRadio, Shazam and Rumpus. Details are sketchy as of now if these apps will come pre-installed in the device or if users would have to download them individually.