The National Association of Broadcasters and NextRadio mentioned that unlocked units failed to include the proper API three months ago.
Industry and regulators in the US consider free-to-air, non-streaming radio on smartphones to be a vital fallback when data networks fail.
FM radio should become a standard feature for Samsung smartphones in the US and Canada again before long, at least according to NextRadio.
But Apple says that the iPhones don't have that chip and there's no FM radio to be had. Still, Ajit Pai will ask for his cake.
A host of unnamed LG smartphones in North and Latin America will soon come pre-loaded with the NextRadio app for free, unrestricted FM radio access.
Joining AT&T, T-Mobile has also voiced its support for the effort to activate smartphone FM radio reception.
Want free, streaming music on your phone? FM's the easiest way to get just that, and AT&T could soon require smartphone FM reception for the phones it sells