The FCC has approved a phone that evidence suggests could be AT&T’s version of the Palm Pre. This wireless carrier has committed to offering two webOS models this year, and the first of these could be coming this spring.
FCC approval is required for any wireless device to be used in the U.S., and getting this sometime reveals many details on upcoming models. In this case, drawing any conclusions takes a bit of connecting the dots, though.
The second part — CASG — is very similar to the ID of the Palm Pre version that was released by Sprint and Verizon: CASC. The internal code-name for this smartphone is the Castle, so its ID likely includes a shortening of the code-name.
In addition, the current version of the Pre is for CDMA networks, so its ID has a C appended to it. The upcoming model has a G, so it is apparently for GSM networks, like AT&T.
Palm has asked the FCC to keep all the details on this model confidential until May 10. In the past, when this company has done this, the launch of the product in question has often come very near the date.
Palm Pre Plus?
Exactly what the features of AT&T’s version of the Pre will be is not yet known.
This device was first released last year by Sprint with 8 GB of internal storage, but Verizon’s version that debut last month has 16 GB. AT&T’s could have the same or more.
Support for this carrier’s 3G mobile broadband service HSPA is a safe assumption, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
An Overview of the Palm Pre and the webOS
The Palm Pre uses Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a new, multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The Pre itself features a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable touchscreen. This device is also equipped with Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
As mentioned earlier, it’s currently available from Sprint and Verizon, and there are also versions being sold in Canada and Europe.