FCC Approves First CDMA Phone in ESMR (iDEN) Band for Sprint
Apr 1, 2011, 6:25 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Documents seen on the Federal Communications Commission web site reveal details about an unannounced handset from Samsung. The Samsung SPH-M380 appears to be the first handset approved with CDMA in the ESMR band (817-824MHz and 862-869MHz). According to the FCC, the M380 also supports CDMA in Sprint's 1900MHz PCS band. This earmarks the M380 as the first CDMA phone that will work on both Sprint's 800MHz and 1900MHz spectrum when Sprint starts transitioning from iDEN to CDMA in the ESMR band. Sprint has publicly stated that it plans to eventually transition iDEN-based handsets to other technologies and use the iDEN 800MHz spectrum to enhance its CDMA services. This will be the first phone able to do that. Other details confirmed by the FCC include Bluetooth, a touch screen with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and support for microSD cards. The lack of Wi-Fi makes it unlikely to be a smartphone. Neither Samsung nor Sprint has released any details about this device.
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