Palm has withdrawn its proposals for its forthcoming next-generation handheld device, just days after receiving approval for the device from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Both Palm and its licensee, Handspring, retracted their applications for new handheld devices after noticing an error in their filings with the FCC, said Richard Fabina, chief of the equipment-authorization branch at the FCC's laboratories. This means Palm will have to get the device approved once again.
Fabina said: "This happens a lot if the applicant or the commission notices an error. Both of the applications are pending right now."
Mobile Web The device at issue is the Palm i705, which will allow users to tap into their corporate email accounts and browse the Internet via the MyPalm portal. Other plans for the device included a blinking red/green indicator light, alerting users to new email, and a Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot for hardware and software add-ons.
Handspring provided details on two Palm OS-based products as well. The company has previously said it plans to release a device that melds handheld and mobile-phone functions later this year.
The FCC removed the papers showing the new product's features from its Web site, after Palm and Handspring asked to re-submit their applications. FCC officials could not say what the exact nature of the problems were, but pointed to errors such as putting in the wrong frequency range, or posting incorrect power output figures.
Palm did not return calls seeking comment, and a Handspring spokesman refused to comment on either the changes to the company's handheld applications, or the nature of the upcoming devices.