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US regulatory commission approves iPhone

US regulatory commission approves iPhone

The Federal Communications Commission approved Apple's iPhone, clearing the way for the combined phone and music player to hit the shelves.

Apple expects to begin selling the phones in late June.

Some of the FCC documents confirm a few features of the phone, including that it will have Bluetooth and wi-fi and operate in the 1900MHz and 850MHz frequency bands. The phone uses Global System for Mobile Communications technology and the low-speed General Packet Radio Service wireless data standard.

The FCC also released correspondence regarding Apple's requests that the agency keep some documents private. Apple asked the FCC not to release documents that include photos of the phone or the phone's user manual for 45 days after certification. Apple asked that other documents such as diagrams, a schematic of the radio, the radio bill of materials and operational descriptions remain private indefinitely. The FCC agreed to the requests.

The AppleInsider blog reported on the FCC approval and has also posted many of the documents for easy viewing on its site.

Apple requires approval from the FCC to sell devices like the iPhone that operate on the public airwaves.


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