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Topic # 70391 22-Oct-2010 23:07 Send private message

I asked this in a Vodafone thread, but I think the question got lost in it...

I'm thinking of getting a Blackberry 9700, but it doesn't have an FM radio built in like my Nokia 6120 does. The FM radio is something I use a lot on my phone. Is there any sort of dongle or headset or something I can get that allows me to listen to terrestrial FM radio? I know I can stream, but not every station has a stream, and data costs comes into it then.

If so - would such a device support RDS? Not a biggie, but it would be nice to have.

If not - is RIM planning to release a Blackberry in the near future with an FM radio built in?

Thanks :)

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  Reply # 395522 25-Oct-2010 17:53 Send private message

Further to this, I came across these two Blackberrys for sale online and was wondering if this is for real or not:

http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/349504047/9700_Mobile_Phone_with_tv_and.html

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/25918561/Blackberry_9700_Free_Shipping.html

More to the point, would either of these work on Vodafone?

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  Reply # 395543 25-Oct-2010 19:24 Send private message

The phones you listed are "Fakes" - don't go near them or you will have no-end of trouble. The Blackberries don't have FM Radio in them at all.

If you are wanting a good smartphone that can do everything the BB Bold can do (Plus possibly more) I would recommend going towards one of the Android Devices. These offer quite a hefty featurelist for the price. The Samsung GalaxyS has a built in radio, 1GHz Processor, 512mb of Ram and is running Android 2.1 (with 2.2 out now) - It is a really nice phone and also you get quite a heap of phone for the price.

If you are wanting the Blackberry for the same reason I would want one (Ease of use, able to type out messages and emails fast etc) then I don't think you could get a radio on them. Possibly the easiest thing to do is to carry around a small radio with you.




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  Reply # 847433 30-Jun-2013 17:08 Send private message

How time changes things...seems the Blackberry OS version 7.1 now includes an FM radio :)

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  Reply # 849990 6-Jul-2013 08:43 Send private message

only the curves 9360, 9320 and possibly the 9860 has FM radio chip




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  Reply # 849991 6-Jul-2013 08:52 Send private message

bah, I would try and test the FM radio function first before you buy.
Many moons ago I had a few non smartphone nokias which had inbuilt FM tuners and of course only worked with a headset. Signal reception was ok - marginal. With my Xperia S, signal quality is very marginal and when it is good the quality is hampered by interference from I think the phone itself. Once again it uses the headset as the antenna.

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  Reply # 849993 6-Jul-2013 08:59 Send private message

Tunein works perfectly if you dont have a built in radio.

Downside though is it uses your data. 

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