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Garmin Nuvifone passes FCC

The long-lost Garmin Nuvifone gets FCC approval, keeping the GPS-enabled smartphone on track for a ship date in the first half of 2009.

Engadget Mobile

Hey, remember the Garmin Nuvifone? Yeah, I barely remember it either, but it's still kicking around and, in fact, the GPS-enabled smartphone just got FCC approval, bringing it one step closer to release.

According to FCC documents, the Nuvifone (strangely tagged as the "Calf" from Asus) will support North American 850/1900MHz 3G bands, which means AT&T customers would be feeling the HSDPA love on the Nuvifone and not T-Mobile, whose 3G network runs on the 1700/2100MHz bands.

The Nuvifone, which was announced almost a year ago, is the first smartphone for GPS manufacturer Garmin, and originally had a release date of sometime in the Q4 of 2008. However, the company later delayed its release to the first half of 2009. Perhaps with the FCC approval, we might see the Nuvifone sooner rather than later, but we won't hold our breath.

(Via: Engadget Mobile, FCC)