Motorola Sholes/Droid Comes to Europe Too

Spotted at FCC with GSM bands on board

By on October 17th, 2009 10:58 GMT
Mobile phone maker Motorola is already known to plan on coming to the US market with a second Android-powered mobile phone, following the Motorola Cliq, which will soon come to T-Mobile and is already available for purchase in Europe as Motorola Dext, and now we learn that the handset might also come to the old continent in the near future. The device, dubbed Motorola Sholes (or Droid), has just made a short pit stop at FCC, bearing GSM connectivity.

“This equipment is a GSM portable transceiver, which operates in the 850, 900,1800 and 1900 MHz PCS band. It also operates in WCDMA 900 and 2100 MHz and contains GPRS Class 12 and a 2.4 GHz Bluetooth function (Part 15.247). The unit may also be connected to a computer via a USB connection (Part 15 Class B Computing Device Peripheral),” is how the handset is described.

Interestingly enough, it seems that Motorola has been trying to get the phone through FCC without people noticing it, and the filing shows the Sholes name only once. The Android handset, as many of you might already know, was already spotted at FCC a while ago, only that it sported support for CDMA frequencies at that time, unlike now, when it comes with GSM support.

Moreover, it seems that this is indeed a European version of the Motorola Sholes, as a recent post on MobileCrunch notes, since there are no signs that the phone includes support for AT&T or T-Mobile's networks. The phone has been already expected for a few weeks now to be officially announced as coming to Verizon Wireless' offering, and, while that announcement seems to be late to the party, it should be interesting to see whether the Motorola Sholes will come to the European market first, just as the Android-based Moto Cliq / Dext did.

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