Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 22:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV A couple of days ago we talked about how the RIAA and NAB are planning on asking US Congress to mandate FM radio chips inside every cell phone. This plan was met with some ridicule, so the NAB decided to write a blog post addressing the critics. Most of the post is overshadowed by an overdose of America's favourite national pastime: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. 9/11!
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RE: Dennis, you're a jacka@@
by phoenix on Thu 26th Aug 2010 17:49 UTC in reply to "Dennis, you're a jacka@@"
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Cell phones were totally unusable during the event and the ability to send out emergency info via an FM receiver embedded in cell phones would have undoubtedly saved lives and helped diminish the confusion and panic.

"Receivers" cannot send data. That would require a "transmitter" or a "transceiver". IOW, an FM receiver in the phone would not have helped for sending data.

And, since you need a wired headphone to act as the antenna, which I doubt many people carry with them at work, I doubt you would have been able to receive an FM broadcast to your phone.

IOW, totally useless in an emergency.

A separate battery-operated AM/FM radio would be much more useful, especially since multiple people would be able to listen to it simultaneously.

in times of emergency that state, local and federal officials would want to move emergency broadcasts to the systems the technology almost every American has in their pocket.....the cell phone.

Except, how would you get information to it, if the cell systems are jammed, or the towers knocked over?

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