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Sprint Nextel to Offer FM Radio Receiver Plug-in for Smartphones

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USA based Sprint Nextel has announced a preliminary arrangement with representatives of the American radio industry that will enable Sprint customers to listen to local FM radio stations on select Android and Windows smartphones during the next three years.

Consumers today can listen to radio on smartphones by streaming over the Internet. As part of this plan, Sprint customers could use their smartphones and the NextRadio tuner to listen to local FM radio stations.

The radio industry has been pushing the regulators to require the provision of FM receivers in mobile phones for the past few years, as part of a totally unrelated dispute between the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Recording Industry Association of America over performance royalty payments.

The mobile industry had been unimpressed with being dragged into a contractual dispute between two bodies that have nothing to do with the telecom industry, and had long opposed mandatory regulation forcing phones to come with FM receivers.

Sprint Nextel said that its NextRadio tuner is expected to be available later in 2013.

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