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    I have read conflicting stories as to if the Note 3 will have an FM radio. I read the Note 2 did but some carriers blocked it. Verizon???
    I have looked at all the specs and there was no mention of one. I use it to watch TV at the fitness center but I can always buy a cheap gizmo that will pick up FM broadcasts if the Note 3 doesn't have one.
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    I don't see any of the major US carriers as stating that it is a feature, but i'd be very surprised if it wasn't on the phones.
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    I hope you are correct and if true, I hope Verizon does not disable it.
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    The Bionic has an FM radio. I loved FM radio, it is certainly better than streaming in several instances. JB broke the radio without root. As I understand that was at VZW's direction. I wouldn't count FM in a future device.

    As a side note, I am in a gulf coast state. A group here was trying to force legislation to require FM radios in phones. Their push was for safety. We are hurricane prone. (every region has its own natural disaster issues though) Very few people have a portable battery powered radio anymore. When power is out we are largely in the dark. But nearly everyone has a smart phone and most can charge them in their car. Problem solved. The group has not gained much ground, but more support could't hurt.
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    I plan on getting the Note 3. If it is a feature and they block it, I will root in a heartbeat!
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    If the radio is blocked, how can you unblock it by rooting your phone?
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    I just don't understand that reason that any of them would want to block access to FM radio. It's a very strange move in my book. I have the thunderbolt and it has FM radio on it.
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    The reason is easy. I still have unlimited data, but that won't last forever. For the rest with tiered plans they want to charge those giant data overage charges
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    There was a move in congress once to make it mandatory but I imagine some key Senators were bought off and that is the end of that. Reelection takes money and that counts for more than doing what is right for the people.
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