Visual Radio on the N70

OK, so after Googling around a bit I found out that the N70 includes FM radio functionality, but it only works with the Nokia headset plug and earphones inserted into the POP-Port on the bottom of the device. I then found out a bit more about Visual Radio. I launched the application and found some of my favorite stations here in the Seattle/Tacoma area, including my favorite Christian station, Spirit 105.3. However, it seems that none of these stations actually supports Visual Radio since I keep getting a Visual service ID error. I need to find at least one Visual Radio supported channel to see what this service offers so I can comment on it in my review. If you know of a channel, please send it my way so i can check it out please.

I am able to listen to the stations in standard FM radio mode, which I personally am very happy about because I do not have a huge music collection and enjoy the radio. I use my XM Satellite MyFi in my truck at the moment and may find having a FM radio in this N70 quite handy while I am out and about.

While I like having the FM radio capability, I would really prefer to be able to listen to music via Bluetooth stereo headphones with the A2DP profile. I wonder if the N91 with 4GB hard drive supports A2DP or if it too requires the Nokia headset? I don’t mind the Nokia headset, but again I would prefer to be able to use any headset that I already own to listen to music. I think the best option would be to have a 2.5mm or 3.5mm jack so I could use the Bluetake stereo Bluetooth dongle if A2DP is not going to be provided by Nokia.

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  1. #1 by Rafe on February 5, 2006 - 03:08

    I think (I haven’t actually checked with the N70) that the headphones are necessary for the radio because it partly uses it as an aerial. You can get an POP to 3.5 mm jack adaptor which means you can use your own headphones. These are going to be standard in box accessories for the next range of Nseries phones.

    The N91 has a standard 3.5 mm jack instead of a Nokia POP port (IIRC) and has the A2DP Bluetooth profile.

    I don’t think there are any Visual Radio station in your part of the US. See http://www.visualradio.com/ for more.

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