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FCC Grants GSM Hearing Aid Extension

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Sep 9, 2005, 2:32 PM   by (staff)

The FCC today granted a one year extension to GSM carriers for hearing aid compatibility. There are currently technical issues that prevent hearing aids from working with phones while they are using GSM 850, however devices are compatible with GSM 1900. Cingular must still meet requirements previously set by the FCC and offer four handset that are hearing aid compatible (HAC) on GSM 1900 by September 16. Although they do not use GSM 850, T-Mobile did ask for a short two month extension in order to meet the FCC handset requirements.

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Justin Cingular

Sep 10, 2005, 12:54 PM

Why 850?

Why did Cingular choose 850 as their band? All the nice phones such as the ones based out of Europe use the 900/1800/1900 bands. I think Cingular really messed up on this one.
Oh lord here we go again. Cingular didn't have a choice. There was no spectrum available. Plus their TDMA network was already 850 anyway so they just implented GSM on there. Same goes for AT&T. They were using both 850/1900. In some areas both only ha...
They didn't choose 850. It's what the government made available.

The government also made 1900 available, but there are a limited number of licenses available in each band, for each area of the country. Nearly every license is owned by somebody, so...
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