By Anu Passary | Oct 11, 2012 10:05 AM EDT
E-retailer Amazon had announced its its new range of Kindle Fire tablets in September; however, its high-end 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 4G tablet offerings were yet to get sales approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A Reuters report now reveals that the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD 4G tablet had received FCC clearance.
An FCC approval is necessary for any wireless communications product, in order to ensure that the device safety and safeguard against spectrum interference issues. Even though Amazon had launched the tablets, it was still awaiting FCC's approval without which it would be unable to sell the device
"Amazon.com Inc received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to sell its high-end Kindle Fire 4G tablets, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Amazon unveiled the new tablets last month, but the devices had not secured FCC clearance. The company had to put disclaimers on Web pages and emails promoting the products," stated Reuters..
Unless a device is FCC approved, a company cannot accept payments and orders from consumers, as well as ship the product. The FCC rules also stipulate that a company may accept wholesale orders but cannot make shipments to retailers unless an FCC approval is on board. However, the FCC rules build in a clause that does not bar the advertising of the product if the company in question includes a disclaimer, which is exactly what Amazon did.
"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," the Internet retail giant informed Kindle shoppers," disclaimed Amazon's pre-order confirmation e-mail for the Kindle Fire HD 4G tablet.
Companies usually secure FCC approval prior to the announcement of a new product; however, Amazon had failed to do the same. A spokeswoman for Amazon had averred in September that the company would likely receive an FCC approval prior to the shipment deadline.
Amazon is currently accepting pre-orders for the tablet and intends to ship the 4G devices on Nov. 20.
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