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#207924 19-Jan-2017 19:04
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Is there such a thing as a fm app that wont use data...my phone Huawei p9 lite has in built fm but for some reason picks up all stations but daytime I like to listen to radio live..it doesn't pick this up clearly...no idea why.. Do apps that use data for fm radio use much data..? And is there an app that fm radio wont use data... cheers...




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  #1705975 19-Jan-2017 19:10
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An phone with built in FM radio doesn't use data.

 

Obviously if you use an app to stream a radio station then yes it will use data. How much is going to depend on how long you're listening for.

 

 


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  #1705977 19-Jan-2017 19:12
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Is there such a thing as a fm app that wont use data? <snip>

 

 

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  #1705979 19-Jan-2017 19:19
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Yes it's called a FM receiver built into the phone,

 

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  #1705981 19-Jan-2017 19:23
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yes I have that,,,but as I said it wont pick up radio live...doesn't matter where I am wont get it hence my question... seems no app for fm radio that doesn't use data...




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  #1705983 19-Jan-2017 19:23
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Is Radio live on AM?

 

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  #1705985 19-Jan-2017 19:28
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foxy38: yes I have that,,,but as I said it wont pick up radio live...doesn't matter where I am wont get it hence my question... seems no app for fm radio that doesn't use data...

 

That's because it's physically impossible.

 

If your phone can't pick up an FM signal it's because you're in a poor coverage area. If you want to listen to a station in this case you're going to have to stream it (ignore the FM part because it's nothing to do with FM). Streaming uses data.

 

 


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  #1705986 19-Jan-2017 19:29
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RadioLive has FM in most places, I don't know about where you live but it's 93.8FM in the manawatu where I live.


 
 
 
 


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  #1706009 19-Jan-2017 19:30
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Back in the day (few years) you could purchase mobiles that had FM receivers in them so you could listen to radio, sadly this is no longer the case for some strange reason or other.


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  #1706011 19-Jan-2017 19:34
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Odd query, but are you listening via headphones/a plugged in speaker? And old phone of mine had an FM receiver, but used the headphone cable as an aerial.

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  #1706012 19-Jan-2017 19:34
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lNomNoml:

 

Back in the day (few years) you could purchase mobiles that had FM receivers in them so you could listen to radio, sadly this is no longer the case for some strange reason or other.

 

 

 

 

I believe the the apps that run the FM tuner also has to be provided by the manufacturer, and you can't just download an app. This is why if you install a custom rom on a phone that has an FM receiver, you can lose the ability to use the FM radio. You can still buy android phone with fm in them, but they tend to be the cheap one using old hardware.




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  #1706038 19-Jan-2017 19:43
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radio live Linux is fm.. and I can pick up all other radio stations... no worries not in bad reception area..last phone had radio live coverage..only station I would like but it wont get it..lol guess im heading to a small fm player




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  #1706040 19-Jan-2017 19:47
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using heads phones...as antenna.. radio live is 96fm in my area




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  #1707025 21-Jan-2017 16:18
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From memory spirit FM worked on an old Moto g I had.

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  #1707027 21-Jan-2017 16:24
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Try different headphones with a longer cable and see if that gets you more signal so it will recieve it clearly. The radio in mobile phones is a cheap nasty single chip reciever that is part of the wifi and bluetooth chip normally, not really made for performance.





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  #1707038 21-Jan-2017 16:50
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foxy38: yes I have that,,,but as I said it wont pick up radio live...doesn't matter where I am wont get it hence my question... seems no app for fm radio that doesn't use data...

 

 

 

Some LG and Motorola phones have FM built in.  You need to have the headphones plugged in to work as an antenna before it will pick up stations, even if you stream the FM radio over bluetooth (I could do this on a moto G4 but not on LG G5)

 

 

 

No an FM radio built into a phone wont use data, just like your clock radio wont.


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