Totally crazy to mandate it, that sort of thing should be driven by user demand. I had a phone once that had a radio built in and thought that's neat, won't have to carry my portable radio, but in the end my portable would run 2 weeks on an AAA cell and the phone had to be charged every 3 days, so I stuck to the radio. Also in Oz they're going the DAB+ route so all those FM radio's will be dead. Finally If they want us to listen to radio they should put more of what we want to listen to, not less, else I'll just go over to listening to the 4,000+ MP3 files I've made from my CD's and not have to listen to 20 commercials to get one song.
That raised good point, if I have not connected headset will emergency radio work? If not whats the point in mandating it. Moreover my cell phone being controlled by someone else and turn on radio when I am not expecting... I would certainly not like that.
The excuse of placing FM receivers in Cell phones is weak at best as the "Go To" channels for everything from natuarl disasters to amber alerts is the weather alert frequency in your area. It would not be to much to program the limited number of frequencies into a location database or even have have the tower switch the handset to local emergency channel.
Mandating FM radios in cell phones is only for the good of the recording & music industries, and involving a disinterested third market is ludicrous.
The music industry is asking for a quid with no pro quo. FM on cell phones will become marketing driven. Whether used or not, good marketers will make it a selling point and other manufacturers will be forced to adopt.
Meanwhile, the NAB is agreeing to a tax on stations to pay performers. No, wait! It's not performers. The money will go to the labels. Doesn't matter that most of it will leave the country. Doesn't matter that, once the labels "filter" it, little will get to performers. Doesn't matter that the real reason music sales are down isn't piracy (something radio doesn't contribute to) but that the problem is that the labels are releasing garbage. Doesn't matter that stations, with over 90% of them having 12 or fewer employees, will have to cut one job each (that's about 16,000 American voters put out of work).
...and what the labels and performers are too myopic to see is that Clearchannel and others, with their "tagging" may well be able to track EXACTLY who's performing well...and quit playing those that aren't. Then (insert talent name here) how ya gonna get your latest piece of junk sampled.
In jurisdictions where driving while talking on a hand held cell phone is illegal, will it be legal to listen to FM radio on a hand held cell phone while driving? (It really should be, if holding a pocket radio up to the ear is legal.) If so, will the traffic cop buy the excuse that the driver was listening to radio instead of engaging in a phone conversation, especially after the driver demonstrates that the phone is tuned to a radio station?
I can't think of a worse possible thing to do in a security scenario than what you describe as "making it ON remotely". Congratulations, that person who was successfully hiding from the shooter as quietly as they could possibly be, just had their location given away by their cell phone suddenly coming out of silent mode and squawking a warning. At which point the gunman realized there was a live witness nearby. Do you really want that innocent blood on your conscience? FM radio does NOTHING with emergency announcements that a text message wouldn't do better and more safely.
First, based on the lack of programming that I would be willing to listen to on FM radio, why in the world would I want one more function to suck up battery minutes and make my phone more complex? If the broadcast industry want people to listen, the very first step will be to break up the monopoly of station ownership, and let each station sound different, instead of having all stations running the same format, which some accountant has determined reaches the most targeted listeners. The sad fact is that broadcast radio has been killed by the big broadcast giants. And the more that they try to revive it, the deader it becomes.
As an aside..all cell carriers have been working on limiting access to the network by customers during a national or local emergency of substantial size. FM may be the only way to get timely info for a while if all you have is a cell phone. 1st responders will have the net to themselves during this time. 911 realigned a lot of communications priorities.