I cannot speak to the accuracy of the meetearl.com page, but it does state ... Keeping in touch in the backcountry can be imperative. Earl includes a two-way radio to keep you connected, no matter where you are. Featuring a VHF and UHF transceiver (with support for GMRS, PMR446 and UHFCB), Earl connects to analog and digital radio frequencies up to 20 miles away. Send secure text or voice messages via Walkie-Talkie; even transmit weather, location, and route information. Signal for help, report fires or alert your group to changing conditions.
and ... Specifications: Android 4.4 • Flexible 6" E-ink screen (1024x758) • Sunlight viewable with lunar lantern mode • Glove friendly capacitve touchscreen • Waterproof shell • Solar charging • i.MX 6 DualLite 1GHz Cortex A9 • 1GB ram • 16GB memory + microSD • Wifi b/g/n • BT 4.0 • ANT+ • NFC • VHF/UHF transceiver (GMRS, PMR446, UHFCB) • GPS + GLONASS • Accelerometer • Gyroscope • Magnetometer • Temperature • Barometer • Humidity • AM/FM/SW/LW/WB • 20+ hour battery • 3.5mm TRRS headphone/microphone jack • Micro USB • Military grade secure lanyard • 400 grams (14.1 oz) • 178mm x 125mm x 15mm
And from the August 2014 update ... If the touch panel issues are resolved, we can finally go to certification. Pre-testing is underway, however a few details have presented themselves as we start to define the list of required certifications for each region. Previously we had done our research for the FCC, but since testing each region separately can be costly, we decided to certify all at once. We ran into a couple roadblocks, we decided to pull support for these PMR446 in Europe. CE only allows radios with 0.5w power with an integral antenna, voice only and no data. These requirements sort of kill communication the features of Earl. So for Europe we’re still releasing a VHF/UHF (2m/70cm) radio, however take note, users are required to be licensed. For Australia and New Zealand, Earl will be available in two editions, a UHFCB radio, open to anyone without a license as well as the VHF/UHF variant which again would require operators to be licensed. For the USA and Canada we’ll be releasing both a Part 90 certified VHF/UHF radio for licensed amateur radio operators as well as a Part 95a GMRS version for the use by the public. Officially, per FCC rules, GMRS does not allow data transmissions. However there has been some adjustments made for existing radios that meet certain requirements and waivers have been granted. Specifically the Rino line of GPS enabled radios by Garmin. GMRS radios that wish to transmit F2D data are limited to text and GPS messages over the 462 mhz bands. Though there is no guarantee that we can receive the same waiver, I spent the last week going back and forth with our testing facility discussing possible options. We plan to test for the MURS frequencies as a backup, that way we can still release a public version of Earl in the USA and Canada.