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I know the Incredible has a FM reciever but does it have a transmitter?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by MrTissues, May 26, 2010.

  1. MrTissues

    MrTissues Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    It would be really cool if the Incredible included a FM transmitter. Does anyone know if the Incredible has this capability? This would make the Incredible be compatible to stream audio to pretty much any car that is out there!

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  2. NoNoBadDog

    NoNoBadDog Member

    It ain't gonna happen. No matter what U.S. FM frequency you choose to broadcast the phone on, there are stations in the U.S. using that frequency. Besides that, the power drain on the battery would be huge.
  3. MrTissues

    MrTissues Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    No, you can broadcast on a US FM frequency. I do it all the time with my iPod using an iTrip.

    The reason I ask is I saw a really old post saying the Incredible would have one. I'm not sure if the support for it was dropped or what.
  4. milnivlek

    milnivlek Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure the phone doesn't have this capability. Are there any phones that can do this without an add-on?
  5. NoNoBadDog

    NoNoBadDog Member

    The OP was not asking about add-on devices, or devices for the iPhone. He was suggesting that the Incredible come with an FM transmitter as part of the phone itself.
  6. necosino

    necosino Android Expert

    No, it does not have a transmitter. However you can buy them cheap on ebay (like $3-4)
  7. Shutech

    Shutech Newbie

    I am glad you told me that. I will stop using my XM satellite receiver with FM transmitter to my radio today! I will also tell the other million or so that are doing the same thing that NoNoBadDog said that what they have been doing for the last 5 years is impossible so stop doing it.

    If you don't know say you don't know-better yet just don't say anything at all.
  8. necosino

    necosino Android Expert

    Harsh.. Hilarious and true, but harsh..
  9. NoNoBadDog

    NoNoBadDog Member

    Here is what I meant: Suppose you put a chip in the phone to xmit on FM. To make it even have a chance of not killing the battery immediately, it would be very limited to maybe only one or two frequencies (channels). Say you chose 92.3 105.9 as your otions. Here on Oahu, we have broadcast stations on those two freqs so the FM xmitter would be useless. That is what I meant. So, kids, you and sit down now and quit acting silly. We are talking about a smart phone here, not a dedicated XM radio unit.
  10. TokedUp

    TokedUp Android Enthusiast

    request it in the app request forum, you never know what a person can do.
  11. Dokk

    Dokk Newbie

    You wouldn't be putting a chip in the phone for each station. The transmitter would simply be selectable to the station. 105.9 is taken but 105.7 isn't. Simply select 105.7 for the transmitter and tada. 105.7 wouldn't have to be pre-programmed into the phone.

    I'd say stick with the above posters recommendations. I know what you were trying to get at but its misguided.
  12. sail4fun201

    sail4fun201 Guest

    My Chocolate 3 has a FM transmitter and it kills the battery really badly. Also, maybe it's just my car, but I never get a clear signal, it's always a little fuzzy regardless of what station I'm broadcasting on.

    You can buy separate ones that plug into the headphone jack that will work much better than anything built into the phone. I've got one for my iPod that works great; I think it's better than using one built into my phone as well, because it won't kill my phone battery and it actually charges the iPod while it plays.
  13. rcicu

    rcicu Well-Known Member

    The Moto Droid has a FM Transmitter... :rolleyes:
  14. gruss

    gruss Android Expert

    I know its off topic slightly but what model transmitter are you using. The few I've tried I've taken back because they just don't seem work.
  15. paimon.soror

    paimon.soror Android Enthusiast


    I would think that FCC approval would be far more lengthy for a full fledged phone with an FM Transmitter built in since thats just one additional data stream being put out by the phone (3g, 2g, wifi, etc)
  16. Outatime

    Outatime Android Expert

    I've tested a few of them and the sound quality is consistently poor.
  17. Outatime

    Outatime Android Expert

    As long as the transmitter falls within FCC guidelines (the power output has to be insanely low) it shouldn't take that much longer.
  18. qwho

    qwho Newbie

    Same here, I have tried the ones that plug into cigar lighters, and ones powered by batteries, none have worked for me. I don't have an aux in port or a cassette tape player in my corolla so FM transmitter is my only recourse besides installing a 3rd party cd changer adapter to add an aux port.

    My XM receiver uses an FM transmitter, but it is very low power and it actually attaches to the antenna to accomplish what it does.

    I've got to think that even if the Incredible had a built in FM transmitter, it would be entirely too weak to have any kind of fidelity.
  19. paimon.soror

    paimon.soror Android Enthusiast

    Yea i figure that even with a low power rating and the shielding that the phone has, the output signal of the transmitter wouldn't be that wonderful unless you had some sort of external antenna. Just speculation here. Thanks for your input.
  20. colnago

    colnago Android Expert

    The built-in FM transmitter in my Nokia n900 "smart phone" can transmit on "any" FM frequency, from 88.1 - 107.9...it's not limited to just 2 stations. I doubt that there is any US market which has radio stations for all of the 95 possible channels.

    FWIW, I was able to stream a Real Audio feed via 3.5G, and play it via FM broadcast in my car, on a road trip from Northern VA to Philly. Using both radios, I drained maybe half my battery, which is similar to the Incredible's mAh rating (getting ~24hrs "my" normal use).
  21. rcicu

    rcicu Well-Known Member

    I believe it was approved bc there were no drivers included to make it operational...
  22. necosino

    necosino Android Expert

    I use a Belkin transmitter that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Not only does it plug in there, it has a USB slot so I can have both plugged in and still have an open cigarette lighter slot (not that I smoke, but nice for accessories).
  23. dibs ODDJOB

    dibs ODDJOB Android Enthusiast

    I recently ditched my horrible sounding FM transmitter and finally installed my own AUX kit with a dedicated line-in in my Mazda. My Incredible sounds a million times better.

    Of course, I live in a metro area, so the FM transmitter is even worse.
  24. Sorbert

    Sorbert Member

    i got one me and a friend test that works about .15 miles from my car i have the old version gold one not the new digital one.

    fm transmitter
  25. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    Nope, one of the few newer "phones" that does is the N900 and it has very weak output, to the point you need to be right next to the receiving device. The issue is the power needed to make it work well.


    Sound quality is not too good anyways. Better off with 3.5mm output in regards to sound quality.

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