Dell’s Venue Pro Receives FCC Approval with AT&T 3G Technology

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AT&T will be getting its own version of Dell's Venue Pro soon to wait for word on the Android version.

Dell’s Venue Pro smart phone runs Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system and is powered by T-Mobile’s network in the United States but that all might change soon with the news that it has passed FCC approval with a different cellular radio—one that is compatible with AT&T’s 3G network. While T-Mobile and Dell are probably not going to be able to provide any Venue Pros in time for the holidays here in the States due to multiple of supply issues and reports of Wi-Fi bugs and batteries labeled as test units in the phones but why would that slow Dell down? The Venue Pro is its best shot at snagging some of that precious smart phone market share away from competitors like Samsung, HTC and Motorola.

Presumably, the only difference between the Dell Venue Pro model that just cleared the FCC and the version that has been delayed for release in the United States on T-Mobile’s network is the inclusion of a radio that supports AT&T’s 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands. These are the bands that the carrier uses for its 3G network. T-Mobile uses different frequencies for its 3G network, which is the reason why Dell needs a different model for AT&T’s network. The different 3G network bands that the two carriers use is also the reason why Apple’s iPhone is incapable of using T-Mobile’s 3G network even when unlocked.

Just in case you’re just looking into getting a WP7 powered Dell Venue Pro on AT&T or T-Mobile’s network, here’s a quick jot over the key specs the smartphone features:

  • 4.1” AMOLED touchscreen at 800×480 (Gorilla Glass protects the screen like in the iPhone 4)
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 8 GB and 16 GB models are offered
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording
  • A vertical, sliding QWERTY keyboard
  • Windows Phone 7 OS (an Android version is expected eventually)

Despite all of Dell’s problems getting the Venue Pro to market, it has so far been well received.  Microsoft’s WP7 platform is also receiving generally positive reviews and the company has plans to roll out major updates in January and February. Interestingly, Dell has plans to eventually produce an Android OS powered version of the Venue Pro so if you like the phone but aren’t keen on WP7, you’ll still eventually be able to snag one.

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