HTC likely to offer first LTE phones in second half 2011; MetroPCS expands LTE footprint

> HTC likely will offer its first LTE smartphones in the second half of 2011, the company's CEO said, which could mean the vendor will not be part of the first wave of LTE smartphones arriving early next year. Article

> MetroPCS expanded its LTE footprint to some key major markets: Boston, New York City and Sacramento. The operator offers the service via the Samsung Craft LTE phone. The service is prepaid, starts at $55 per month, and includes voice, text and LTE data service. Article

> The Swedish telecoms regulator, PTS, has set a date for the auction of wireless broadband spectrum in the 800 GHz band, making the announcement on the eve of the first anniversary of the commercial introduction of LTE. Article

> The FCC announced it will auction off 16 spectrum licenses in the 700 MHz band starting July 19. Article

And Finally... A convicted drug dealer in California claims his adherence to the holiday, Festivus, which was celebrated on an episode of "Seinfeld," gives him the right to kosher meals that are reserved for inmates with religious needs. He didn't like the salami meals served at the jail. Article