does the lg g5 have a fm radio tuner enabled chip?

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I would like to get this phone as long as the lg g5 has a fm radio tuner enabled chip.
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No, no phones sold in Canada have radio tuners anymore.
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Allan, Mobile Master

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The LG G5 does have a radio tuner, it is just disabled by Koodo so that it cannot be used
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I should have specified working radio tuners sorry I apologize for not being more specific. Not sure why it's done exactly but been told it's not the carriers decision but the manufacturers themselves.
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The last phone I owned that had an FM radio on it was the HTC M9. Even the 10 doesn't have it, and it's an unlocked model purchased directly through them.

Sadly the carriers want you to spend more on data plans using streaming services.
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LG G5 does have a FM radio chip (Its built into every Snapdragon 820 SoC) but its our carriers that disable it, possibly for the sake of forcing customers to use data (and thus pay more for plans).
Recently, T-mobile is US enabled the FM radio chip in the Galaxy S7 but you had to install a 3rd party app (Nextradio) to use it. 
Its such a shame that carriers disable it because thats one less feature that should have been there and people do listen to FM radio.
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Here's one list of FM radio supported devices in Canada. They all require a separate app installation:

http://nextradioapp.ca/supported-devices/