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T-Mobile’s Nokia 710 Windows Phone Can’t Wait for Next Week’s Announcement

Nokia and T-Mobile have scheduled an event for next week in New York to announce something special. But a new FCC filing appears to have spoiled the surprise.

As noted by WPCentral, the Nokia 710, a Windows Phone with T-Mobile branding, has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which reviews all wireless devices before they go on sale.

The filing includes a variety of unflattering test photos, a user manual and other information. (The Finnish company did at least remember to keep its block diagram and schematics confidential.)

Nokia introduced the Lumia 710 and a higher-end model — the Lumia 800 — earlier this year. The devices are going on sale this year in Europe and other markets, but Nokia said not to expect them in the U.S. until early next year.

Such filings can be made largely confidential until the device is announced, but companies have to check a box. On occasion, companies choose not to make their documents secret or forget to complete the needed paperwork. Either way, it’s happy times for those that don’t want to wait to get the scoop.

We’ll still tune in next week to find out about the remaining details, such as when the device will go on sale. Depending on what T-Mobile has to say, it could well be the first carrier to put a Nokia Windows Phone on sale in the U.S.

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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus