Ask the OEMs to activate FM radio in their devices

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Why don't Koodo ask manufacturers to stop disabling the FM radio on their devices, so that those of us who need it aren't stuck with only the Motorola phones to choose from?
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Geoffroy Ménard

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Sophia, Mobile Master

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Koodo does not influence what manufacturers choose to do with their hardware/software, Geoffroy. They just sell the phones. You're best off to mention your concerns to Motorola directly :)
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Geoffroy Ménard

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Yes they do, they kind of have an oligopsone for the phones the manufacturers produce, they have plenty of bargening power. Look it up, it is a known fact that the radio chipsets are disabled for a lot of phones in north america. This is done by the OEMs. When you ask the carriers, they say the OEMs do it. When you ask the OEM's, they say the carriers ask them to. The problem isn't with Motorola, it's with Samsung, LG, etc. Motorola is the only one that doesn't disable the receiver. Which is why I got my new LG G4 replaced by a Moto G4 Plus, even though the LG is generally a better device.
See http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/fm-radio-cellphone-telecoms-1.3577447
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Chadwick, Mobile Master

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Its alot bigger than just Koodo asking them to fix it. Koodo is owned by Telus who makes most of the bargaining decisions im assuming. Plenty of people want this feature( a lot of us MM included ) and have stormed forums and Facebook posts but it doesn't seem to make much of a difference. Unfortunately.
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Each cell phone provider can request customization for the phones they sell, they have just simply request that the manufacturer change a setting in the phones firmware to lock the FM radio, similar to the way you are locked to the phone network you are on. The can change this setting if they want but they would prefer you to pay for data to listen to music on the go instead.
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