It looks like Dell has just submitted a variant of the Windows Phone 7-powered Venue Pro to the FCC, and this time the smartphone comes equipped with compatibility for AT&T’s 3G networks. The version of the Venue Pro, currently available in the U.S., is only compatible with T-Mobile USA’s 3G AWS network.
The Venue Pro was announced to a hopeful audience as Dell’s comeback to Microsoft’s mobile platform. Dell had released the Axim series of handhelds before, which ran on the Windows Mobile operating system, but later cancelled the Axim PDA line. Since then, Dell had flirted with Android, having launched the Dell Streak. The company’s launch of the Venue Pro isn’t without problems. The device had initial issues, which includes not recognizing WiFi networks and delays in shipment.
The Venue Pro represents one of the few devices with a portrait QWERTY keyboard and is the only Windows Phone 7 device to date with that form factor. Rather than a candybar QWERTY form factor, the device has a sliding AMOLED screen in portrait orientation.
Hopefully, if and when a Venue Pro launches for AT&T’s network, Dell will have resolved its production issues as part of the first-run T-Mobile shipments.