FCC clear BlackBerry 9800 ahead of today’s reveal

Aug 3, 2010
FCC clear BlackBerry 9800 ahead of today’s reveal

In just under two hours time we're expecting RIM to announce their new BlackBerry 9800 slider alongside BlackBerry OS 6 in New York - our own Vincent Nguyen will be bringing us all the news from the event - but there's the thorny issue of FCC approval to be navigated before the smartphone can go on sale.  Engadget spotted a "BlackBerry smartphone model RCY71UW" clearing the FCC earlier, and after some mild Photoshoppery discovered that the wireframe matches up with leaked 9800 prototypes.

That gives us a list of wireless specs to go from, including Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900 and UMTS II (1900) and V (850), together with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 MHz bands and UMTS I (2100) bands for international users.

Unsurprisingly that lines up with the talk that the BlackBerry 9800 is headed to AT&T in the US; we're also expecting it to be shared around a fair few European carriers, too.  As for when exactly that will happen, we'll have to wait until RIM make the smartphone official: still, it doesn't sound like it'll be too long before the 9800 hits shelves, as AT&T managers are already rumored to have boxed-up display models in their stores.

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