Speak of the devil -- we were just chatting about Nokia's new strategy for getting the best devices to the US (even if it means going unlocked if necessary), and what do you know? That's right, the E72 (or E72-2, if you want to get technical about it) has just won its FCC badge, offering full HSPA on the 850 and 1900MHz bands in addition to quadband EDGE and HSPA 2100 for those times when you find yourself out of the Western Hemisphere. The fact that this phone is unbranded is both a blessing and a curse -- a blessing because... well, it's not carrier branded, but a curse because that means we're probably going to be subject to the usual Nokia preorder rigmarole / flagship store drama to get it. You know we'll still end up doing it, though, and so will you.

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Nokia E72 passes FCC in North American flavor