This prompted the FCC to push smartphone makers to active the FM chips found in most of their devices to allow users to access radio.
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Once enabled, FM radio will be available to Samsung users in the U.S. and Canada. On the heels of widespread natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast, calls have increased for all phone manufacturers to unlock the FM Chip in smartphones as a public safety necessity. Aside from the nostalgia factor, FM radio broadcasts can be life-saving, especially in emergency situations when information is transmitted via radio waves.
In a statement announcing the Samsung partnership this week, NextRadio president Paul Brenner said that Samsung's decision to unlock the FM chip will provide "a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies".
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Most smartphones, including all iPhone models before the 7, are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving FM radio signals, but this hardware is usually deactivated.
Apple has removed the FM Chip from its more recent iPhones. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.
Among sensors, biometric scanners and motion cameras, FM receiver is also present which we have forgot from years now as most phones can't use them.
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The attackers might send spoofed messages in order to prevent the administrator from removing spy from the private conversation. In such a case, it is impossible for them to share details with enforcement agencies that they themselves can not access.