HTC Dream sails through FCC tests
Wi-Fi certificate granted too
Production of the first mobile to use Google’s Android platform has taken a step forward, following the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of HTC’s Dream handset. The Wi-Fi Alliance has given it the thumbs-up too.
HTC's Dream: in the making
The results of a series of tests on the Dream, such as SAR emissions, have been approved by the FCC, clearing it for sale in North America at least. A Wi-Fi Alliance certificate’s also emerged that shows that body’s willingness to confirm that the handset meets its 802.11 b/g interoperability requirements.
The FCC documents also make reference to the phone supporting Bluetooth 2.0 and providing connections over dual-band GSM/GPRS/Edge and WCDMA 1700.
Very little’s given away about the phone’s styling from the FCC documents, aside from the mention of a “jogball” that’s presumably used to navigate around Android.
However, it’s worth noting that HTC doesn’t appear to want customers opening up the phone or falsely claiming that the handset’s broken. The drawing shows that a “Tamper evident label” and “Water Sensitive label” could be installed on the talker to expose anyone who’s opened the handset, thus invalidating the warranty, or tried to wet the phone in order to get a shiny new one.
Register Hardware recently reported how Apple appeared to have crafted a similar water sensitive seal to trump someone’s plans to get a new phone simply by dunking their existing model into the bath.
It’s thought HTC’s Dream will hit the shops somewhere in October, so let’s hope that the FCC’s and Wi-Fi Alliance’s thumbs-up keep the long-awaited Android handset launch on track.
A smrat fone that does stuff and has stickerz in it. Iz gettin 1!
Strange, I've been using mobile since the mid 90's and never had a problem with any of these stickers.
Maybe I just don't sweat enough and avoid using my phone in the rain.
I've worked in the mobile industry for a few years now and every time i have seen a mobile with one of these stickers showing it has got wet, there's usually some rust or corrosion somewhere else as well, or at lest some crud that shows that there was excess liquid in the device at some point. I can only think of one that didn't have any corrosion, and that had the dye from the sticker all over the inside so it had obviously got wet.
The manufacturers I've worked with (Nokia, Ericsson (pre Sony) and yes, HTC) use this as a guide, but if there is no other evidence then it is ignored, as it is well known that they are not the most reliable of tests.
Any manufacturer that does base their decision solely on the colour of the sticker is not to be trusted, but considering I've worked for three of the biggest in the last few years, I doubt anyone would be that silly!
My knowledge of cellular in the US aint great but didn't think they were using the 1700 band
@Webster, think you are getting your cards mixed up mate, the priceless thing was mastercard.
I personally use American Express whenever possible although I have Visa and Mastercard cards as these are for poor people ;-)