According to statements by Natalie Kerris, Director of Music PR for Apple, “The iPhone has obtained the required certification from the FCC, and is meeting the dates scheduled for availability towards the end of June, as planned.”
Some of the FCC documents confirm some of the features of the phone, such as that it will have Bluteooth and Wi-Fi, and that it will operate in the 1900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 850 MHz frequency bands.
Potential users of the product expecting a faster data connection will be disappointed to learn that the approval is for EDGE only. Many carriers, including AT&T, have upgraded their current networks to provide download speeds of up to 500 Kbps or more, more than double that of EDGE.
The FCC has also made public requests made by Apple for the agency to keep some of the documentation provided private. Apple has asked the FCC not to release the documents that include photos of the phone or the phone’s user manual for 45 days after certification. Apple has also requested that other documents, such as diagrams, a radio system schematic, content descriptions, and other features remain private indefinitely. The FCC will honor such requests.
AT&T, which will initially sell the phone exclusively, authorized employees tasked with testing the phones to use them outside of offices last week. According to statements by an employee who prefers to remain anonymous, the features of the phones are being activated individually and evaluators cannot play music, watch videos or use the answering machine features at the moment.