FCC revealed that the plan has been for the Dell Venue Pro to appear on the premier carrier for WP7 handsets all along. It has been spotted there with AT&T’s 3G bands, so it is just a matter of time to see it in their portfolio. With these bands it can also work on Telus, Rogers or Bell.
If you’re an AT&T customer looking forward to try out a Windows Phone 7 device, Dell Venue Pro is not on your list. The problem is/was obvious – it was designed to sing along T-Mobile’s 3G network and there are no ways to use it on AT&T bands (at least to get 3G speeds). No more! The version of the device with WCDMA Band II and V support (i.e. 850 and 1900 MHz) has just crossed the FCC hurdle, meaning it could hit AT&T’s portfolio at some point in the future.
The phone was at first destined for T-Mobile in the US, as well as some European carriers.
Dell tried to outdo its production capabilities with the first WP7 device sporting a 4.1″ screen, and a sliding portrait QWERTY keyboard. As a result, various issues with Wi-Fi and baseband connectivity surfaced, and only people who preordered the handset before December 14th will be getting it for Christmas. After that, you have to wait until January.