US body approves iPhone

Go-ahead given

The US Federal Communications Commission has approved Apple’s iPhone, clearing the way for the combined phone and music player to hit the shelves.

Apple expects to begin selling the phones in late June.

Some of the FCC documents confirm a few features of the phone, including that it will have Bluetooth and wi-fi and operate in the 1900MHz and 850MHz frequency bands.

The phone uses GSM technology and the low-speed GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) wireless data standard.

The FCC also released correspondence regarding Apple’s requests that the agency keep some documents private.

Apple asked the FCC not to release documents that include photos of the phone or the phone’s user manual for 45 days after certification.

Apple asked that other documents such as diagrams, a schematic of the radio, the radio bill of materials and operational descriptions remain private indefinitely. The FCC agreed to the requests.

AT&T, which will initially be the exclusive reseller of the phone, last week began giving permission to employees who are testing the phones to take the phones outside their offices for the first time, according to an AT&T employee who asked not to be named.

Features on the phones are being activated individually and so far testers can’t play music, watch videos or use the visual voicemail features, the employee said.

The AppleInsider blog reported on the FCC approval and has also posted many of the documents for easy viewing on its site.

Apple requires approval from the FCC to sell devices like the iPhone that operate on public airwaves.

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