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FCC Approval Adds Fire To HTC Dream Android Phone Hoopla

Over the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission approved a new phone from HTC called the Dream. HTC has indicated that Dream will be the name of its Android-powered smartphone. The most interesting part of the FCC documents show that the phone supports T-Mobile's 1,700-MHz AWS 3G network.

Over the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission approved a new phone from HTC called the Dream. HTC has indicated that Dream will be the name of its Android-powered smartphone. The most interesting part of the FCC documents show that the phone supports T-Mobile's 1,700-MHz AWS 3G network.Some FCC documents reveal more information than others. Unfortunately, the documents that were recently made public by the FCC don't include pictures of the device, nor many details. What we know for certain is this: The HTC Dream will have quad-band GSM/EDGE radios, 1,700 WCDMA 3G, Bluetooth, and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. Those were the radio technologies approved by the FCC for use in the United States.

If you dig around in the documents enough, they also mention that the phone will have a slider form factor, will include a camera, and has a "jog ball," which will presumably by used to move the cursor around on the Dreams's display.

Just last week, HTC and T-Mobile confirmed that they will be launching an Android phone by the end of 2008, and possibly as early as October. FCC approval is a must before a phone can be sold or used in the United States, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the phone will be available immediately. Phones typically are approved two weeks to two months before they are released to the public.

With the wireless industry's fall confab less than a month away, HTC and T-Mobile have the perfect stage on which to unleash their Android-powered phone.

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