Brazil: Mobile phones made in the country must have FM radio

Looking at the offer that exists in the smartphone market, we realize that most of them do not have native radio. In view of the amount of digital services that exist in the audio area, such functionality may not even make sense!

However, Fábio Faria, Minister of Communications, guarantees that all mobile phones manufactured in Brazil must have FM radio. Manufacturers have already complained.


Does it make sense that mobile phones have integrated FM radio?

Does it make sense or not that mobile phones have integrated FM radio? For Fábio Fari, Brazilian communications minister considers that users do not have to spend money on Wi-Fi, data plans, etc. According to the minister “For every telephone manufactured in Brazil, the radio comes for free”.

It may just seem like a crazy idea considering the technological evolution, but the truth is that there is even a bill on the subject. Mobile phone manufacturers do not applaud the idea, but as early as September the minister said that…

nothing more fair that we can give, both for the sector, but firstly, for the citizen, the radio on the cell phone, so that people do not need to buy data or need to enter 3G or 4G

To promote his idea, Fábio Faria recalls there are many places where there is not even an internet and that 43 million Brazilians do not have access to the network. In addition, “the radio is the local medium of information, in many cities it is the only medium of information”.

The minister has already confirmed that he has President Jair Bolsonaro’s green way to force manufacturers to natively include a chip that allows FM radio.

For Abinee – Brazilian Association of the Electrical and Electronic Industry – “about 80 and 90% of smartphones sold in the country are already compatible with FM radio ”. Usually the input and intermediary equipment have FM radio. Premium models, such as iPhone, Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, can always listen to radio via streaming.


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