A GSM variant of the Motorola Droid 3 for Verizon Wireless was seen going through the FCC for regulatory approval with an identifying number of IHDT56MF2. The device is said to be sporting AT&T’s 3G and GSM bands.
Additionally, although the FCC filing does not specifically say that this is a GSM variant of the Droid 3, various similarities between the specs on this GSM variant and the Verizon Wireless CDMA model suggests that the two may be closely related. Both devices sport a qHD display, 16 GB stroage, and also the same battery as that on the Droid 3. Most significant of the similarities is the use of the same Droid 3 battery as that battery is not yet used on any other Motorola product.
It’s still unclear whether this device will launch on AT&T or if it’s just getting the necessary certification. A launch on AT&T at this point would not be impossible as Verizon Wireless has seemingly loosen its grips on Motorola since the carrier had obtained the iPhone 4. The Droid Pro, which is an Android BlackBerry-inspired smartphone, was most recently re-badged and slightly altered cosmetically to launch on rival CDMA carrier as the Sprint XPRT. A similar situation could occur with the Droid 3 where it would get re-badged–Verizon Wireless owns rights to the Droid name and franchise–and launched on AT&T.
As Motorola launches the international version of its keyboarded-Android devices under the Milestone brand–the Droid Pro is the exception as it launched as the Motorola Pro–internationally, the device could be launched as the Milestone 3.
Via: Wireless Goodness