FCC Approves Audiovox Pocket PC Phone

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has put its stamp of approval on the Audiovox PPC4100, a new cellular-wireless Pocket PC.

Audiovox PPC4100 This device will be able to connect to GSM wireless networks and will support GPRS for wireless data. It will support 850, 1800, and 1900 MHz, so U.S. users can expect to get good coverage.

It is apparently intended to be primarily used as a wireless handheld, rather than for voice. The user manual included with the FCC filing urges users to always use the speaker phone feature or a headset, and never hold the device up to their ear to make a phone call. Any headset will have to be connected by wire, as the PPC4100 doesn’t offer Bluetooth.

This handheld will use a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, with 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM. It will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003, but this isn’t the Second Edition.

The PPC4100 will offer a 3.5-inch TFT LCD with QVGA resolution and an SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO peripherals.

Overall, this device will be 4.3 inches tall, 2.7 inches wide, and .85 inches thick (10.9 cm by 6.9 cm by 2.2 cm). It will weigh 5.6 oz (159 g).

This handheld will include both a jog dial and a D-pad. There is a very similar model called the AnexTEK SP230 that has a built-in flip-down numberpad. The PPC4100’s user manual makes no mention of this. Instead, the user must dial by touching an on-screen numberpad.

It swappable and rechargeable 1480 mAh Lithium Ion battery will be able to keep it wirelessly connected to the Internet for up to four hours.

According to Mobile Gadget News, AT&T Wireless will begin carrying this device during the second quarter of this year for between $350 and $400.

The FCC must approve all devices with wireless capabilities before they can be released in the United States. Information about these devices is then posted for public review on this government agency’s web site.

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