Nokia gets FCC approval for 6086 Wi-Fi cellphone

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Chicago (IL) - Nokia today received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its upcoming 6086 quad-band camera phone. The rather unspectacular casing of the flip phone hides Nokia's next UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) phone, which can use Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls.

UMA is currently field tested by T-Mobile under the name "T-Mobile@Home". The company currently offers customers in the Seattle area unlimited Wi-Fi calling for a flat fee of $20. The only phones supporting this feature at this time is Nokia's 6136 that is sold for $50 with a 2-year contract.

The Nokia 6086, scheduled for an early Q1 2007 introduction, will only be available for GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900), integrate a digital camera with 640x480 pixel resolution, a 128x160 pixel color display (as well as a second 96x68 pixel b/w display on the outside), a FM radio, a digital music player, Bluetooth capability and a micro SD memory card slot.

The phone has been announced across Europe and is expected to retail for about $250. However, with T-Mobile's UMA tests continuing, there is a chance that we will be seeing this phone soon in the U.S.