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Amazon's 4G Kindle Fire HD hasn't got FCC approval yet

LTE tablet could face delays
Mon Sep 10 2012, 10:19

ONLINE RETAILER Amazon's 4G Kindle Fire tablet hasn't yet been approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which could see the tablet facing delays.

As spotted by Reuters, Amazon sent out an email to customers who had preordered the 8.9in Kindle Fire 4G tablet, warning them that it hadn't yet gained FCC approval. It said, "We will send you an email asking you to confirm your pre-order of Kindle Fire when it is approved for sale by the Federal Communications Commission."

Legal expert Mitchell Lazarus told Reuters that the tablet's lack of FCC approval highlights Amazon's lack of experience in the wireless hardware arena, as the devices won't be able to ship until they get the green light from the FCC.

"Most companies try to get the FCC work done before they announce new products, so they don't have to make these awkward disclaimers," he said.

This isn't the first hiccup Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablets have faced following their announcement last week. On Friday, Amazon confirmed to The INQUIRER that the tablet's preloaded Silk web browser will track users, and it has also been revealed that owners of the tablet will have to pay to get rid of lock screen adverts.

UK customers needn't get too worried though, as Amazon has yet to announce whether its 4G LTE tablet will be coming to the UK. However, if you can look past its faults, Amazon's new 7in Kindle Fire HD is available to preorder in the UK.

Amazon was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. µ


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