FCC Clears HTC Desire HD for North American 3G Operation
Last week we saw evidence that the HTC Desire HD is getting ready to make its North America debut, as a photo surfaced of the handset booting onto Canada’s Telus network. Now it looks like the US could also soon get its shot at the Desire HD, as the FCC has approved what appears to be the smartphone.
Though the FCC documents don’t identify the device by name, there are a couple of details that point to this being the Desire HD. First we have the model number PD98120 used in the FCC filing, just slightly off the PD98100 that the current HD uses.
Just as telling, the outline of the label the FCC is issuing for the phone appears to coincide perfectly with the layout of the European edition of the Desire HD. Put two and two together, and it looks like we have us a Desire HD that runs on American 3G frequencies. Specifically, it’s compatible with the Canadian carriers as well as AT&T in the States.
None of this is any assurance that the phone will actually be offered by AT&T, but you could always pick one up north of the border. The European Desire HD just got an OTA update to Android 2.2.1, but there has yet to be official Gingerbread support for the smartphone. Depending on how long it is until the NA launch, there may still be time for HTC to update the software.