The FCC has received the Samsung SPH-M380, where it does seem to be the first handset that will come with CDMA approval in the ESMR band (817-824MHz and 862-869MHz). Not only that, the very same FCC filing also points toward CDMA support in Sprint’s 1900MHz PCS band, making the M380 as the first CDMA handset that will play nice on both Sprint’s 800MHz and 1900MHz spectrum, perfect when Sprint makes the transition from iDEN to CDMA in the ESMR band. Sprint has also made an announcement to the public that they intend to eventually transition iDEN-based handsets to other technologies, while using the iDEN 800MHz spectrum to enhance its CDMA services. Additional hardware specifications of the M380 include Bluetooth connectivity, a touchscreen display, a microSD memory card slot and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard – no details on pricing though.
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