Nokia N78 will lack FM transmitter in some markets

It seems not all Nokia N78 units are created equal. Or at least, not as far as the FM Radio Transmitter feature is concerned. Word has it that the new Nokia N78 won’t have its prized FM Transmitter feature in some markets. Which of course could be a bad thing, since it limits the phone’s overall functionality.

The FM Transmitter feature in the Nokia N78 is arguably one of its biggest selling points, as its other specs are pretty much standard to high-end Nokia phones nowadays. So to take away this feature is like leaving it crippled in today’s highly competitive mobile phone market.

Nokia N78 will lack FM transmitter in some markets

The Nokia N78 made its first appearance in Finland some time ago, and there it has been confirmed to have the FM transmitter feature. However, users from France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, and Italy are reportedly not going to have this feature built-in with their Nokia N78 units. The reason being that having an unregistered transmitter is against the law in certain countries.

More daring users should be able to remedy this by doing a software workaround, but this will no doubt void the unit’s warranty, and in case the phone goes bonkers will ultimately cause more problems in the long run.

In the end, it will be up to the user if he/she will live without the FM transmitter feature which others are enjoying elsewhere around the world. The Nokia N78 is a great phone without it anyway, so maybe this little glitch would be forgiveable.

Via Symbian Freak

Author: David Gonzales

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  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Well dat sucks.

    But what can you do about it?

    I talked to Nokia or SE rep at MWC 2008 (really don't remember who) about this issue, wondering why FM transmitters started appearing in the phones only now.? After all, it's pretty simple tech, compared to all the IP and tech that goes into RF chips these days. iPod accessories in U.S. were able to do FM to car stereo years ago.

    The answer was, that it only just become legal to do this in most countries. So as more countries get around on tweaking their RF regulations, things will start to get better. And, I'm sure, it will get remedied via software updates.

    In the meantime, there's a fertile ground for workarounds. And if something goes wrong, just to a software update to restore everything to default settings, and the warranty should still work.

  • arun

    http://www.europe.nokia.com/fmtransmitter
    site says that it is legal to use fm transmitter in india but still its not avilable neither in inew phone or via firmware update

  • arun

    http://www.europe.nokia.com/fmtransmitter
    site says that it is legal to use fm transmitter in india but still its not avilable neither in inew phone or via firmware update