Amazon has won approval from the US Federal Communications Commission to release its forthcoming Kindle Fire HD 4G tablet, a company spokesperson confirmed this week. The 8.9in slate is now set to remain true to its original US shipping date of 20 November, with the device’s UK release timeframe yet to be confirmed.
Although the online retailer first unveiled the tablet last month, it had not been cleared for retail by the FCC at the time of the announcement.
The FCC governs US wireless communication regulations, making it responsible for ensuring that new devices are safe and do not cause signal interference. Though Amazon was expected to easily clear the security approval process for its proposed tablets, it is somewhat unusual that the company jumped the gun without first receiving an all-clear from the regulatory body.
Promotional materials on Amazon’s website and in emails sent by the company carried a disclaimer alerting customers that “[t]he 4G device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.”
At the time of the device’s announcement, Forrester Research analyst Charles Golvin told Reuters that the possible delay in FCC approval may be related to Amazon’s in-house development of its own 4G modem, as the company does not have a history of producing wireless hardware.
There’s no word yet on what this will mean for the tablet passing similar regulatory approval in Europe, though its success with US authorities suggests the device will be unlikely to face clearance problems on this side of the world.
Amazon is now accepting US pre-orders of the Kindle Fire HD 4G, with details on a UK release yet to be announced.