THE WRAP: Verizon's LTE, and the promise of a universal charger

This week the mobile world made its way once more to Barcelona, where Verizon dumped Nortel and the usual slew of deals were announced.


Verizon tapped Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as its prime LTE suppliers, overlooking Nortel in the first major 4G equipment deal.


Mobile industry leaders made the case for less regulation, in particular in EU countries.


A Telstra exec lost Sol Trujillo's mobile phone installed with a yet-to-be-released version of the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 OS.


The GSMA promised the world a universal phone charger by 2012, winning support from all major handset makers except Apple. It expanded its mobile finance services for emerging markets.


Nokia and Qualcomm put their history behind them as they combined to make smartphones. LG and Intel will make MIDs together. Vodafone and Opera teamed up to offer a low-end mobile browser.


LG debuted a 3G phone interface. Samsung put its faith in touchscreens. Yahoo revamped its new mobile platform.


Truphone said it would deliver roaming calls at local prices from a single SIM card.


Samsung delayed its expected Android launch, but several other firms showcased Android phones and devices.


Telstra launched the world's first 21Mbps mobile service. Its Hong Kong subsidiary CSL is building an all-IP HSPA+ network.


Nokia previewed its Ovi apps store and linked up with Adobe to offer $10 million to promote Flash apps.



Nokia took out a EUR500 million loan to develop Symbian. Nokia Siemens Networks sold its music download platform.


IBM decided to enter the broadband powerline business. Ryanair enabled in-flight mobile service across its European fleet.


HP announced a 13% fall in quarterly profit and restructured its communications unit.

Comcast's profit fell thanks to its Clearwire writedown, but underlying profit grew.


Swedish prosecutors began a copyright violation case against filesharing site PirateBay, but dropped several of the more serious charges.


Facebook backed away from an announcement that it owned all the content from its 150 million users, even after users quit the site. An expert argued that social networking online could be harmful.


Microsoft put a $250,000 bounty on the heads of those responsible for the Downadup/Conflicker virus.


Tracks from the new U2 album leaked. Dell decided no trademark was needed for the netbook.


Apple threatened iPhone "jailbreakers" with jail-time. Makers of rival iPhone flatulence apps aired their differences in court.


And a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl was arrested for refusing to stop texting in class.