The government has inadvertently confirmed the NexusOne, also known as the Google Phone, by showing its FCC approval.
Before any cell phone is released in the United States it must go through approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As the FCC is an open body, all approvals are posted to its Web site, and thanks to this little trick, the FCC approval for the NexusOne, the official name of the Google Phone, was revealed this morning.
The reason this is even remotely interesting is that all of the technical aspects of the phone must be revealed to get the needed approval. So, what did we learn? Well thanks to the information about its wireless bands, it looks like it will work on T-Mobile’s 3G network, but not on AT&T’s. Thanks to its EDGE band, it should work on all carriers, but if you want true wireless high speed, you may be stuck with only T-Mobile. That is not what a lot of us were hoping for, and it will severely limit how much of a dent this phone will put in the United States cell phone market.
We also learned it will have 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, which has been tricky for some phones to include because of the possibility of network interference. It will also be sporting the ubiquitous Bluetooth connectivity and a microSD slot for memory expansion, both are pretty much a requirement in this day and age.
Without support for the AT&T 3G network this won’t be the threat to the iPhone we all thought it might be at first, but that won’t be fully decided until it is actually in the hands of consumers and we can see what this thing can do.