Amazon 4G LTE Kindle Fire HD Tablet Announced Without FCC Approval

Posted on Sep 9 2012 - 10:00am by Harold Hisona

Amazon has taken the world by surprise when it recently announced 4G LTE Kindle Fire HD Tablet. However, reports suggest that the device hasn’t received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to go on sale yet. Analysts who are acquainted with the FCC procedures believe Amazon’s announcement may cause some undesirable repercussions that may or may not directly affect the sales of its high end tablet.

The basic role of the FCC is to test all devices—small or large, low-end or high-end—to see if they create any sort of interference with other signals. In other words, it is the FCC’s role to make sure the devices that were submitted to them for testing do what manufacturers designed them to do. Once they passed all tests, the company may receive a certification allowing them to market their products. The testing may take weeks to complete and compliance is a must for all manufacturers.

Reuters reported on Friday that Amazon has yet to acquire approval from the FCC for its 8.9-inch 4G LTE Kindle Fire HD. The e-commerce giant was reportedly the one to confirm the report through the email they send to their customers who pre-ordered their new device.

“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,” reads the confirmation email from Amazon.

After the announcement, Amazon reportedly started accepting pre-orders and is looking forward to start shipping its high-end tablet on November 20th.

Analyst John Jackson, said that he couldn’t think of an instance wherein a communications device was offered or marketed by any U.S. carrier or independent retailer prior to the FCC’s approval.

Other analysts also believe that the bureau may not approve the device or may prolong the process and Amazon is aware of that. In its website, it posted a statement that goes, “The 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.”

Apparently, for now, Amazon 4G LTE Kindle Fire HD tablet is on a limbo and no one actually knows what will happen next. But let’s wait and see how the FCC will handle things like this and how Amazon would react to whatever decision the bureau will make. The device may pose as a good competitor for Apple’s New iPad but it seems like things are not going as planned.

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  • geek

    Sort of like buying an airline ticket but you need TSA to board the plane. Amazon is just going through the routine FCC process and “this” may be a story for some but in reality nothing but a routine process.