Nokia has launched a Digital Radio headset that will bring DAB radio to selected smartphones in Nokia’s latest range.
The headset includes earphones and will enable users to listen to DAB radio stations like Radio 5 Live Sports on the move and see station, artist and track information on the screen of their phone.
The first of its kind, the Nokia DAB headset is compatible with Symbian^3 handsets with a USB On-the-Go connector – including the Nokia E7 and Nokia N8 – and could mark a big step forward for the future of DAB radio in the UK.
Digital radio switchover
In July 2010, government announced the Digital Radio Action Plan, which included proposals to switching national radios stations from FM to DAB by 2015.
However, the 2015 switchover date is aspirational. Key criteria must be met before an FM to DAB radio switchover can take place.
One of the key triggers is that 50% of all radio listening must be on a digital platform. With 12.8% of adults now listening to the radio on their mobile phones according to RAJAR listening figures from October 2010, converting mobile listeners will help push the UK towards a switchover.
Where to buy
The Nokia DAB headset is available now from Nokia’s online store priced at £45. However, Nokia has said that for a limited time the headset will be bundled for free with Nokia N8 phones purchased from the Nokia Online shop.
Which? digital radio expert Katie Waller, says: ‘It’s worth noting that the 50% digital listening target includes listening on TV and via the internet as well as on a DAB radio. This brings a switchover date within easier reach than if the digital listening figure was based on DAB alone. Therefore it’s essential that digital radio be affordable and available not just in the home, but anywhere that FM currently serves including in cars and on mobile phones.’
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