IPhone Gains FCC Approval

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The FCC has approved Apple’s upcoming iPhone, which is due for launch in June. The FCC confirms what we knew, but adds that the phone will operate in the 1900MHz and 850MHz frequency bands — which means it won’t work in Europe, reports IDG. Apple has plans to launch the iPhone in Europe so the decision to prevent the phone working in Europe probably has something to do Apple’s desire to maintain full control of the distribution process — although it could be something to do with the iTunes store and geographic boundaries on selling songs, but I doubt it. The problem is that iPhone users won’t be able to use the device to roam in Europe. (UPDATE: I’ve been informed that the FCC only tests the bands used in the US, so the handset could have them after all.) The FCC has also agreed to keep some documents private at Apple’s request, including “documents that include photos of the phone or the phone’s user manual for 45 days after certification”, and “diagrams, a schematic of the radio, the radio bill of materials, and operational descriptions” to remain private indefinitely.

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james murphy

hard to imagine the chipset wont have at least 1800MHZ enabled. almost all 1900 phones in the US can be used to roam onto 1800 around the world. if 1800mhz is not enabled, the product manager for the product should be shot or perhaps hung, drawn or quartered!
it will be a bit bizarre since the european version is likely to have 900 and 1800 and will likely have 1900 in it as well since no self respecting mobile operator is going to forego US roaming revenue!

Chris Ziegler

Actually, we can't confirm the presence of GSM 900 or 2100 from the FCC filing because those bands aren't tested in the States. You'll find that many quadband phones are reported in their FCC documentation as 850/1900, while triband ones are often called "single band."

Cheers,
Chris

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