Believe it our not, government bureaucracy can be exciting. If you don't believe me, then look at the Federal Communications Commission over the last few days. Most of the time the cell phones passing through the agency's gates aren't terribly exciting, but you can have periods where some highly-anticipated models get the FCC's approval. And this week was one of those periods.
Samsung's Google Android phone, the Galaxy I7500L, first popped up on the FCC's Web site in May, but it made another appearance on Thursday. Though it now offers U.S. 3G, Engadget speculates that the "L" at the end of the product name means that it;s bound for Latin America. We also spied an HTC Touch Diamond for AT&T, and a North American version of the new LG Chocolate BL40G. And not to be outdone, Nokia actually had more phones in the hopper than Samsung. See, miracles do happen.
Because the FCC has to certify every phone sold in the United States, not to mention test its SAR rating, the agency's online database offers a lot of sneak peeks to those who dig. And to save you the trouble, Crave has combed through the database for you. Here are a selection of filings from the past week on new and upcoming cell phones. Click through to read the full report.
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HTC Touch Diamond2 (AT&T)
LG Chocolate BL40G
Nokia 2730 Classic
Nokia 5800i Xpress Music
Samsung Galaxy I7500