Phoenix Wi-Fi Radio from Com One

by Mark R


We’ve recently reported on Com One’s Bluetooth USB Adapter, and I recently discovered another Com One wireless product worth reporting about.

The Phoenix Wi-Fi radio is definitely designed for a time when streaming Internet radio is listened to more than conventional AM/FM radio. If I’m not mistaken, that time could be now.

The Phoenix works right out of the box, and the set up is very easy. It will automatically scan for access points, and all the user has to do select the best one for them. Once the correct time zone is entered, it is ready to work. The user will have access to over 10,000 stations, as well as 5,000 podcasts that are provided by Podemus.

I was surprised to find that the Phoenix had a dial as an interface. I guess that is to hearken back to the days of old-school radio, and it even has preset features. Unlike old-school radio, the Phoenix has RSS information feeds.

Another feature is the alarm clock, which has both snooze and sleep functions. As for power, the Phoenix Wi-Fi radio comes with 4 rechargeable batteries, and also operates via AC power as well.

The Com One Phoenix Wireless Radio is available at many retail electronic stores now.

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2 reviews or comments

Bridey Says: July 9, 2008 at 10:12 am

“a time when streaming Internet radio is listened to more than conventional AM/FM radio. If I’m not mistaken, that time could be now.”

Well, actually, not now — and not even close.

In U.S., for example, over-the-air radio reaches about 97 percent of Americans every week, and most of those people every day. Only 75-80 percent of Americans have access to the ‘Net, and about two-thirds of those people ever use Internet radio.

The notion that “nobody listens to the radio anymore” is common, but wrong. For better or worse, practically everybody listens to the radio — in terms of audience, there’s no contest yet.

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