Following LG’s recent deal with NextRadio, Samsung is partnering with NextRadio to unlock the FM chips in its smartphones. In its announcement today, NextRadio rightly pointed out that access to FM radio is essential in some areas. If a natural disaster wipes out power or cell towers, radio could be the only way to receive the information you need to stay alive. Unlocking a phone’s FM capabilities could help alleviate that issue. Users with unlocked FM chips can download NextRadio’s app and tune into FM stations in their area.
NextRadio stated that upcoming Samsung smartphones in the U.S. and Canada will have the chip unlocked, but we are able to find several phones already on the market with unlocked chips.