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It started with Google, Apple and AT&T. Rejection of the official Google Voice app from the App Store drew attention from the Federal Communications Commission, and now the feds are going to take a look at the entire wireless industry.

An open meeting has been announced for 10 a.m. EDT next Thursday in Washington, D.C. Here's what's on tap:

  • The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry to seek and understand better the factors that encourage innovation and investment in wireless and to identify concrete steps the Commission can take to support and enourage further innovation and investment in this area.
  • The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry soliciting information for the next annual report to Congress on the status of competition in the mobile wireless market, including commercial mobile services.
  • The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry that seeks comment on whether there are opportunities to protect and empower American consumers by ensuring sufficient access to relevant information about communications services.

In other words, they want to know what the frak is going on out there. Better late than never. We'll keep you posted.

FCC (pdf) via ZDNet

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HTC Whitestone passes the FCC

OK, it's time to quit teasing you with that render of the Verizon-branded HTC Whitestone and get down to brass tacks. What we're expected to become Verizon's version of the Touch Diamond 2 has made it through the FCC, bringing it that much closer to a store near you. It's still a little up in the air whether it'll be a world phone with CDMA and GSM radios, but it's probably more likely than not.

We'll pause, now, as your excitement builds.

FCC via Engadget Mobile

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That's right, folks, there's a an HTC TOPA210 (aka the Topaz, aka Warhawk, aka Touch Diamond 2) lurking round the Federal Communications Commission. And lo and behold, it's sporting the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands used in the U.S. by AT&T.

Now, that doesn't mean that AT&T will ever release the Touch Diamond 2. They didn't (and still don't) carry the original Touch Diamond. But it does mean that if you manage to find one of these phones either through importing or some deal with the devil, you'll be rocking 3G speeds here.

Now, AT&T, about the Touch Pro 2 ...

FCC [via Engadget Mobile]

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Omnia II not AT&T-bound after all

Yeahhhhhh. So that Samsung Omnia II we saw make its way through the FCC probably isn't destined for AT&T after all. See, while the one tested by the feds indeed has AT&T's flavor of GSM, the general consensus now (among ourselves, Engadget and wmpoweruser) is that it's headed to Latin America. Perhaps the I8000L model number and, well, the Spanish on the FCC label should have given it away.

But judging from the reaction in the comments to the Omnia II's UI, not everybody's going to be heartbroken.

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There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over the Toshiba TG1. Sure, it's got that crazy user interface that we're not totally sold on, but it also has that giant (albeit resistive) touchscreen and is the first device to launch with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Oh, and it wasn't planning on coming anywhere near North America.

That may well change. Engadget spied the TG01 gaining FCC approval — in a CDMA flavor. Of course, the only CDMA carriers in the United States are Sprint and Verizon, so that narrows the choices down a little bit. The FCC listing also notes that it was testing a "production" device, and not a prototype, so things may be farther along than anyone knew. It's also entirely possible that neither carrier could pick up the TG01, leaving us right where we are today: importing a pretty cool phone at a hefty price.

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LG GW600 appears at the FCC

We're expecting to see a slew of Windows Mobile phones from LG in the coming months, and here comes one now. The LG GW600 has made its way through the Federal Communications Commission and appears bound for AT&T. The known specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
  • EDGE/3G with the 850MHZ and 1900MHz bands.
  • 3.1MP camera.
  • Proximity sensor/light sensor.
  • 20key SureType-style keypad.
  • Micro-SD card.
  • WiFi.
  • Bluetooth.

And we'll assume all of the usual accoutrements that come with. Also noted in the product manual is Video Share, which is what points the way toward AT&T. Flick-gesture controls are also mentioned. More photos after the break.

FCC via Phonescoop

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AT&T-bound HTC Snap at the FCC

Look like some version of the HTC Snap is making its way to all four of the major U.S. carriers. We've already seen early looks of the the T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint versions. Now one with the 850MHz and 1900MHZ bands — and that means AT&T — has made its way through the FCC.

This variant of the Snap, the S522, in all likelihood also won't carry the Snap name. The Verizon version is rumored to to be the Ozone and T-Mo's is the Dash 3G. So any guesses as to what AT&T will call it?

FCC via Engadget

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Touch Pro 2 for AT&T passes FCC

We've seen renders of the HTC Touch Pro 2 (aka Rhodium aka Fortress) destined for AT&T, and now comes word that it's passed FCC testing.

It's got all the goodies we've come to know of the Touch pro 2, including the 3.6-inch touchscreen at 480x800, Windows Mobile 6.1, aGPS, WiFi b/g, a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. The standard AT&T 3G bands (850MHz and 1900MHz) are, of course, present.

Now all we need are some leaked shots, release date and pricing. A slew of FCC information won't be unsealed until the end of September, so we might not see the Touch Pro 2 on AT&T until October at the earliest. But that's rampant speculation on our part, and stranger things have happened.

FCC via CellPhone Signal

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Pharos Traveler 137 at the FCC

The Pharos Traveler 137 was announced a few months ago, and now the GPS-centric Windows Mobile phone has made its way through the FCC. The 137 has a custom "Smart Navigator" app that's pay-as-you-go, but you shouldn't be locked in to that. Windows 6.1 is on board, and it's not yet known if it will be upgraded to 6.5 in the fall.

The 137 is a quad-band GSM phone, but of particular note is that the 137 sports T-Mobile's 3G frequency. Does that mean we'll actually see it on T-Mo anytime soon? Tough to say. But if you manage to import one (and FCC acceptance means you can), then you should be able to rock some 1700Mhz 3G action. Or you could go the AT&T route and forget about 3G.

FCC listing [via wmpoweruser]

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HTC Cedar makes return trip to FCC

We don't pretend to make heads or tails of most FCC filings, with all the electronic testing hullabaloo and acronym mumbo jumbo, and this is no exception. We've already seen the HTC "Cedar" make its way through the feds under the CEDA200 codename. But Engadget has spied a CEDA100 at our favorite federal agency and notes that it's not at all uncommon for HTC to do this and that it could signal versions coming to Sprint and Verizon.

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File it under a extremely vague, but we picked up on an FCC filing via Engadget on what might very well be the HTC Cedar. The filing is from HTC for the CEDA200 smartphone tuned to the CDMA network. In the filing, HTC requests that all internal and external photos, test setup photos, and user manual be held confidential by the FCC until July 30, 2009.

This confidentiality request falls in line with the speculated second quarter release for the Cedar. Still no telling if this is the Cedar, but one thing is for certain: With the leaked Sprint roadmap and leaked spec sheet, it's going to be an interesting year for HTC.

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Toshiba Working on a Clamshell Phone?

An FCC filing for the Toshiba TG01 is leaving a lot of people confused. The filing itself isn't what has everyone confused. It's the specs that were listed with the filing. The specs didn't match anything vaguely similar to the TG01 that Toshiba had at the Mobile World Congress.  From screen size to physical diminsions, the information in the filing didn't match anything we were shown in Barcelona.

The mystery device is listed as a Windows Mobile 6.1 device with a 3" 800x480 WVGA Screen and a .8" 96x39 B&W LCD. So, could this be a successor to the clam shell Protege'?  Could we see the return of a Windows Mobile flip phone?

The mystery device is also reported as having a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. According to Unwiredview.com the manual that accompanied the filing was for a TM5-E01 (FCC Identifier) but the pictures submitted with the filing were of the TG01. Either somebody at Toshiba goofed up really bad or Toshiba's is intentionally teasing the Windows Mobile community. Regardless, we'll keep our eyes open for more news on this mystery device.

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The HTC Touch Cruise has passed FCC review and done so sporting AT&T's 3G bands. The Touch Cruise also sports the "Footprint" feature we saw previously. "Footprint" essentially is tagging a photo with GPS coordinates which allows you to track back to where the photo was taken. A few more specifications from the Touch Cruise include a 528Mhz processor, 512mb ROM, 256mb RAM, and a microSD expansion slot. The device measures 4.02x2.11x.57 inches and weighs in at 3.63 ounces. The Touch Cruise will run Windows Mobile 6.1 and have Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS functionality.

The weakest point in the specifications may be the 1100mAh battery. For a device that is marketable for the "Footprint" feature which relies heavily on GPS, I can't help but think this is an awfully small power source. No confirmation on pricing, availability or if AT&T is a lock on picking this phone up. But we're not going to bet the farm on it, given that it still has that other keyboardless phone.

Thanks, Marco, for the tip.

[Read:Cellphonesignal]

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Pharos Traveler 117 clears FCC

We've had our eye on the Pharos line of phones for a little while now, and it looks like the Traveler 117 has cleared the FCC. [via unwiredview]

This is a navigation-centric phone (thus the name), with aGPS on board. Other goodies:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro.
  • 256 ROM/128 RAM. (Yeah, that's not that much these days.)
  • 480x640 VGA touchscreen.
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); tri-band 3G (850/1900/2100)
  • agps
  • 2MP camera.
  • WiFi.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR.
  • MicroSD.
  • 2.5mm headphone jack.
  • 1410mAh battery.

All in all, a decent little device. Hopefully we'll see more out of the Pharos line (and its cousin, Velocity Mobile) in the near future. You can get the Traveler 117 online now for $529.

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  Just a few days after the unannounced CES sighting and a single, unexciting “spy shot” the Palm Treo Pro gets its FCC approval for CDMA. Of course we have a good idea that this is supposed to be hitting Sprint within the next 2 weeks, but with little fanfare as it lies within the wake of the Palm Pre.  The only thing we now know is this: it does have a 1500mah battery, which will be a welcomed improvment over the 1130mah of the Treo 800w.

  What else is interesting about these FCC docs is the date:  Sept 12th. This is revealing for two reasons:
  1. Just weeks after the Treo 800w was released, the CDMA Treo Pro was finished and headed for the FCC
  2. Our earlier report (Sept 18th) where Palm said they had secured a deal with a carrier for the Pro
Putting on our "speculation hat", we’d say that the Treo Pro for Sprint was always in the works, whether or not the 800w was a success or not—that is this was a long term plan of Palm and Sprint. Of course had the 800w not been delayed from late 2007, this hardware-refresh would not look so premature.  The other interesting bit is that perhaps this was never planned for AT&T, who since has gone with the Samsung Epix, but rather it was Sprint all along. So anyone actually excited about this? [via EngadgetMobile; link to FCC files]

 

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Velocity 83 hits the FCC

We've always had a soft spot in our hearts for Velocity Mobile. As far as black-slab phones go, they're certainly not as popular (or as well known) as anything from HTC, Samsung and the like. But there are some interesting details that have piqued our interest. And as Dieter pointed out, Dell has used them for its Pharos line.

Enter the Velocity 83, which Engadget Mobile just spotted getting the what-for from the FCC.

Dieter got a good look at the Velocity 83 back at CTIA (video and photo gallery). And what it lacks in screen resolution (240x320) and data speed (EDGE only), it makes up for with a pair of microSD slots, an accelerometer, and a cool little interface called Odyssey.

So if you're looking for a WinMo alternative, this could well become an option for you in the United States. Now if only a major carrier would give Velocity a shot. ...

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Xperia X1a makes an appearance at the FCC

We've already mentioned that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a (or the SEX1a as Malatesta's taken to calling it) is available for pre-order at Best Buy for the low, low price of $1 million $800 (albeit unlocked).

Now we bring mention of the X1a's romp through the Federal Communications Commission [via Engadget Mobile], including some obligatory FCC-style candid external and internal shots. (Warning: pdf links.)

So head on over to the FCC site if you're wanting to take a look at just what makes this guy tick. And then try to figure out how you can justify that much money for the thing.

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Verizon-Alltel? Done -- the FCC joined the DOJ and said “OMG U can has buyout.” As BGR reports, they added a few more markets that Verizon will need to pull out of for anti-competitive reasons. So $28 billion dollars gets Verizon bragging rights as the US's largest carrier, bypassing AT&T.

The FCC didn't stop there, though. They also approved that whole Sprint-Clearwire deal we told you about in May. It's a little complicated, but the gist is that Clearwire is now an independent company, 51% owned by Sprint, the rest by Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Brighthouse. Clearwire will provide WiMAX service to all of the above, who will the presumably bend that sweet sweet data to their own services. Although AT&T didn't like this deal either (they really lost out today), the FCC was pretty effusive about the potential for WiMAX.

The thing we're most excited about, though is that the FCC has approved the contentious bands known as “White Space” for broadband use. “White Space” in this context refers to bands within the broadcast television spectrum that aren't used by regular TV channels. Both Microsoft and Google were pushing hard for the FCC to allow these unused 'in-between' parts of the spectrum for data and for awhile it wasn't looking very likely. This should get broadband to rural areas right quick, at the very least, and it could potentially really shake up the wireless industry. It's complicated, here's a quick blog roundup to get you started.

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