A response from DJI Support indicates that it is very unlikely that the DJI Mavic 3 4G dongle will come to the United States anytime soon, as the Chinese drone maker is still “studying the applicability of North America’s regulatory requirements to the 4G dongle.”
DJI Mavic 3 4G dongle unlikely to come US any time soon
DJI Smart Controller does not support DJI Cellular Transmission Dongle. Therefore, DJI Smart Controller cannot be used with DJI Mavic 3. Thank you for your understanding and support.
To which the original poster pointed out that DJI said that it did not have any plans to release the 4G dongle in North America.
DJI responded by saying the following:
Because every country has separate laws and regulations for communication and radio frequency equipment, DJI is studying the applicability of North America’s regulatory requirements to the 4G dongle. Thanks for understanding.
So, while the 4G dongle works with and is made for the DJI Mavic 3 drone, it seems highly unlikely that we will see it come to North America or the United States anytime soon as the drone maker is still “studying the applicability of North America’s regulatory requirements to the 4G dongle.”
This is unfortunate as the 4G dongle would help provide a better connection to the DJI Mavic 3 in tough environments with a lot of interference and make the video transmission range irrelevant. Theoretically, this means that the DJI Mavic 3 could be flown well beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS).
Keep in mind that without a waiver, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not allow drones to be flown beyond-visual-line-of-sight, no matter if you have 4G or not.
You can see the DJI Mavic 3 4G dongle mounted on the back of the DJI drone in the photo below.
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