Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) yet to get FCC Nod for its 4G Kindle Fires

It seems rather strange but it is true. Amazon.com, Inc.(NASDAQ:AMZN) has actually gone and unveiled its new high-end Kindle Fires with 4G capability without getting the mandatory approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

All wireless communication devices have to get the approval of the FCC to certify that the devices are safe and not likely to interfere with the signals of other devices.

Reuters was the first to spot and report about it. The Kindle Fires can be pre-ordered from Amazon. The Internet retailer sent emails to customers, who had pre-ordered the 8.9 inch Kindle Fire tablet with 4G, telling that it had not yet obtained 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."

Analysts and lawyers said that they had never come across a case like this before and pointed out that it showed Amazon's lack of experience in the wireless hardware area. The simple matter is that the devices cannot be shipped without the FCC's approval.

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"Most companies try to get the FCC work done before they announce new products, so they don't have to make these awkward disclaimers," legal expert Mitchell Lazarus told Reuters.

According to the Inquirer this is not the first hiccup b Amazon with regard to its new Kindle Fires. 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.

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