13 June 2008
Some Nokia N78 variants
shipped without FM transmitter
Beside the Feature Pack 2, FM transmitter is probably one of the main sales point and the most exciting feature of the Nokia N78 but unfortunately it seems that this handy feature will not be available world-wide!!!
Of course, it really hasn’t anything with Nokia and it is more related to fact that is illegal in most countries to operate radio transmitters without a license and therefore this feature is excluded in some markets!?
I don't want to open a can of worms on the subject of the legality of the building transmitter but I really think that it is ridiculous and governments need to revise this law to exclude devices like this one. It is short distance transmitter and I guess that nobody is going to set up own pirate radio station and transmit program all over the world?
Hopefully this is just a software issue, actually I am pretty sure that hardware is there and transmitter functionality is removed in software which should be simply fixable by changing the product code via NSS and flashing phone to some of the generic codes with enable FM transmitter!? However, you should keep in mind that it may be illegal in your country so if you enable this feature via NNS and see a cop car, better be ready to throw up your phone through the window ROLF!
Nokia N78 FM transmitter demo
So if you are going to buy Nokia N78 and you are interesting in transmitter functionality better check twice the law in you country and be sure that FM transmitter is included, otherwise you’ll have to look for some imported phones on black markets or hack it with NSS to get it to work! So far it is confirmed that FM transmitter is excluded in France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland and Italy!