Just the Facts
There are more than 242 million Americans who rely on free, local radio each week for news, music and sports talk. But only a small percentage of phones on the market in the U.S. today offer free, local radio as a feature.
As more Americans face skyrocketing data charges on their phone bills, consumers are seeking free entertainment options instead of wireless-dependent streaming.
A movement is taking place, and consumers are asking their wireless carriers to provide built-in radio as a feature.
If the phone model you want doesn't already have built-in radio, call your wireless company and ask for it. Consumer demand drives action and if consumers voice their desire for a free music option, they'll get it!
Here are the facts!
- A recent survey found that 81 percent of Americans want free, local radio as a feature.
- There are no monthly fees and no extra charges with built-in radio. It doesn't rely on a broadband wireless signal, so it doesn't eat up your data plan or experience buffering like streaming.
- It would be of little or no cost to phone manufacturers and wireless carriers to offer built-in radio. In fact, many phones already include tiny chips that are simply not activated.
- A built-in radio in your mobile phone weighs less than a Tic Tac and has no significant impact on battery life.
- If your phone has built-in radio, you can get instant emergency news wherever you are, along with continuing coverage of crisis situations to keep you safe. Even when mobile phone networks are down, radio works.
Faced with ever-increasing wireless data fees, four in five mobile phone users say they would even pay a small one-time fee to have built-in radio on their smartphones.