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RIM Gets FCC Approval for Cellular-Equipped Tablet

Research In Motion this week got regulatory approval for what appears to be a version of its PlayBook tablet with built-in cellular capabilities.

Most of the documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission were kept confidential, but the limited information posted to the agency’s Web site suggests that the tablet contains support for several flavors of wireless connectivity, including Wi-Fi and LTE. The filing also makes reference to Bluetooth and near field communications capabilities.

The move isn’t a shock, given that RIM has promised that an LTE-capable PlayBook would be out later this year.

Whether buyers will be interested in the device is an open question, however.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik