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iPhone gets green light from FCC

Posted: 21 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iPhone? cellular phone market? U.S. FCC?

The path is clear for iPhone's debut next month.

Documents posted on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Website showed that Apple's highly-anticipated mobile phone has passed all the applicable tests for compliance with government regulations. In its description of the iPhone, the FCC calls it a "GSM cellular telephone with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi."

As reported at its announcement at the January Macworld keynote, iPhone will initially be sold in the United States by AT&T, formerly Cingular Wireless. But since the phone is based on the GSM communications standard, it is expected to work in countries outside the United States.

Apple said it expects to begin selling the iPhone in June. The widespread expectation by analysts is that the launch will coincide with Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco, where CEO Steve Jobs is scheduled to deliver his keynote on June 11.

Last week, iPhone watchers were alarmed by a report posted on tech blog Engadget suggesting that Apple would delay both the iPhone and its next-generation OS codenamed Leopard until October. Both reports turned up to be hoaxes.

Apple's entry into the cellular phone market will place it in direct competition with smartphone makers Research In Motion and Palm. The iPhone, which is expected to include a touch screen and includes a music and video player, will also compete with phones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS.

The iPhone is expected to come in two versions with a starting cost of $500 without the accompanying phone contract from AT&T.

- Antone Gonsalves

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