News of Note—Qualcomm vs. Apple; Black Friday deals; Voxox data leaks and more

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T-Mobile's CFO said the company's merger with Sprint could close as early as the first quarter of next year. (Pixabay)

Here are the other stories we're chasing today:

> A handful of senators introduced new legislation aimed at setting a monetary value on the government's spectrum holdings. Release

> T-Mobile's CFO said the company's merger with Sprint could close as early as the first quarter of next year. Reuters article

Mobile World Congress 2019

Attend the 2-Day Executive 5G Panel Series

FierceWireless is returning to Barcelona, Spain, during Mobile World Congress 2019 with a two-day Executive 5G Panel Series at the Fira Congress Hotel, conveniently located across the street from the MWC Convention Center. The panel events will take place on Feb. 25-26 and will cover 5G and The Fixed Wireless Access Opportunity, Taking 5G Indoors, and Making 5G Ubiquitous. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and hear from 5G leaders including Verizon, Vodafone, Orange, Sprint, NTT Docomo, Boingo Wireless, Qualcomm, and more over the course of two days.

Secure your spot at the event today! Now is your chance to join fellow industry professionals for networking and education. Registration information and the schedule can be found on the website here.

> According to a new report, Apple is working to hire engineers in Qualcomm's hometown of San Diego. Bloomberg article

> AT&T replaced its old Smart Limits service with its new AT&T Secure Family app. PhoneScoop article 

> The research firm Facebook hired appears to be conducting an anti-Apple campaign, an effort that may be backed by Qualcomm. Business Insider article 

> A service by Voxox appears to have made customers' text messages available to anyone on the internet. TechCrunch article

> According to Dell'Oro Group, the North American mobile infrastructure Radio Access Network (RAN) market grew "at the fastest pace in over five years since 2013." Release

> Data from OpenSignal shows that New Jersey offers the nation's fastest overall mobile download speeds. OpenSignal post

> Black Friday discounts from the likes of Cricket, Google, Metro by T-Mobile and others are popping up.

> Verizon introduced a new service called Verizon My Numbers that allows customers to add up to four lines to their account for $15 per month each. Droid Life article