iPhone gets green light from FCC

Yep folks, it’s official: the iPhone just got approbation from the FCC to be put out on the market in June. This approbation, which is a process that all cell phone manufacturers must receive prior to releasing a new product in the United States, came just a day after Engadget falsely disclosed the iPhone release would be delayed by a couple of months.

If we look at the FCC document (PDF) released with the announcement, we can see that the iPhone will support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and will operate in the 1900MHz and 850MHz frequency ranges. What does this mean for North American customers? It means that Apple’s phone, despite its high price, will not be usable in Europe, where different frequency bands are used.

At the price people will be paying for the device, I think it is completely ridiculous for Apple not to offer support on these bands. It seems silly considering that many cell phones, even those on the low end of the market, are currently capable of functioning almost all over the world.

Initially, the iPhone will be released in two versions. The 4Gb model will cost $499 with a two-year contract with AT&T and the 8Gb model will go for $599. Pricey, isn’t it? I think I’d prefer to get myself a PS3 at that price, or maybe should I start a new site called smashmyiphone.com and ask you guys to contribute to see me smash apple’s newest toy with a sledge hammer.

Nah, I think I’ll go with the PS3, first. :)

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16 Responses to iPhone gets green light from FCC

  1. Maybe since Apple isn't gearing the iPhone for the corporate user, they decided that it wasn't worth trying to fit the hardware for it in there?

    I for one do not like the idea of a touchscreen, it goofs up my whole "touch-typing" (if I can call it that) methodology!

  2. Maybe since Apple isn’t gearing the iPhone for the corporate user, they decided that it wasn’t worth trying to fit the hardware for it in there?

    I for one do not like the idea of a touchscreen, it goofs up my whole “touch-typing” (if I can call it that) methodology!

  3. If they don't include quad band, it's not going to work in Europe and also in many countries in south America. Like Argentina. I don't think they are THAT dumb. It's a Huge market share they are missing!

    Anyways, i said this already, I'd rather buy a new blackberry than the iphone. And the price is crazy.

    To give you an idea, here in Argentina a dollar is worth three pesos. A 80gb video ipod costs 2499 pesos. That is around 833 US dollars.

    In USA the same ipod costs 349 dollars. So that is more than twice that price.

    Let's say i want to buy the best iphone. 600 dollars in the US would be at least 1200 here. 3600 pesos.

    And that is being optimistic. New releases are even more expensive. Like a Playstation 3 console. Costs 8440 pesos. Yeap…around 2800 US dollars.

    Crazy huh? I keep telling my dad that Los Angeles was a much better place than Buenos Aires!

  4. If they don’t include quad band, it’s not going to work in Europe and also in many countries in south America. Like Argentina. I don’t think they are THAT dumb. It’s a Huge market share they are missing!

    Anyways, i said this already, I’d rather buy a new blackberry than the iphone. And the price is crazy.
    To give you an idea, here in Argentina a dollar is worth three pesos. A 80gb video ipod costs 2499 pesos. That is around 833 US dollars.
    In USA the same ipod costs 349 dollars. So that is more than twice that price.
    Let’s say i want to buy the best iphone. 600 dollars in the US would be at least 1200 here. 3600 pesos.
    And that is being optimistic. New releases are even more expensive. Like a Playstation 3 console. Costs 8440 pesos. Yeap…around 2800 US dollars.
    Crazy huh? I keep telling my dad that Los Angeles was a much better place than Buenos Aires!

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  6. Ya, I could only imagine how it would be for a person that lives in the middle east (that's me). The product getting here is the biggest worry for me. It usually takes a very long time for new technology's to get in here and the prices are usually crazy but we all come to get used to it (what can we do…hehe).

  7. Ya, I could only imagine how it would be for a person that lives in the middle east (that’s me). The product getting here is the biggest worry for me. It usually takes a very long time for new technology’s to get in here and the prices are usually crazy but we all come to get used to it (what can we do…hehe).

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  9. Sweet, it's about time! It seems like they've been talking about getting the iPhone out forever. I wonder how many thousands it will cost when it comes out!

    • Hmmm, well, it looks like you haven't read the article, because the price is listed at the end :)

  10. Sweet, it’s about time! It seems like they’ve been talking about getting the iPhone out forever. I wonder how many thousands it will cost when it comes out!

    • Hmmm, well, it looks like you haven’t read the article, because the price is listed at the end :)