First Tri-Band CDMA Phone Approved By FCC
The UTStarcom CDM-7126 recently cleared the FCC's approval process. This is the first phone to support CDMA 850/1900 and 1700 AWS bands, making it the first tri-band CDMA phone. This phone can be used by carriers such as Cricket, MetroPCS and US Cellular, which all have AWS spectrum purchased in the 2006 auction. Otherwise, the 7126 is a basic clamshell similar to the 7125. It has Bluetooth, but only indicator lights on the outside rather than an external display. It is limited to 1xRTT data. No release date or pricing information is available yet, and no carriers have stated that they will carry this phone.
Huawei's P8 Variant for U.S. Teased in FCC Approval
The FCC this week approved a new Huawei phone for North America that bears a striking resemblance to the just-announced P8 global flagship. The phone approved by the FCC has small but distinct differences, such as a flash on the other side of the camera, matching Huawei's description of a more affordable P8 variant coming the U.S.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Approved by FCC
The FCC today approved a new high-end Samsung phone that is almost certainly the company's forthcoming Note 8 flagship phone. If Samsung chooses a new branding for its Note series, this phone will be the spiritual successor to the ill-fated Note7.
LG V20: First Phone To Support Band 66
FCC documents indicate that the LG V20 variants for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile will be the first phones to support LTE in the new band 66. Band 66 includes the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 frequencies.
3GPP Approves Band 66 for AWS Support
Dish Networks today said the 3GPP has approved the designation of Band 66, which encompasses a significant swath of AWS spectrum owned by Dish. Specifically, Band 66 pairs 70 MHz of uplink spectrum with 90 MHz of downlink spectrum in the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 bands.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.