AT&T to launch Mobile Share Aug. 23; Samsung offers $300 for Galaxy S III switchers

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> Microsoft signed an Android patent-licensing deal with Honywell International. Article (sub. req.)

> According to a new calculation, Apple commands 43 percent of the mobile computing industry's revenues and 77 percent of its profits. Article

> AT&T Mobility said its shared data plans will be available Aug. 23. Post

> Comverse sold its Starhome unit to Fortissimo Capital for $80.3 million. Article

> Sen. Al Franken said AT&T should not charge extra for Apple's FaceTime service running over its cellular network. Article

> Samsung is offering up to $300 for people who switch to its Galaxy S III phone. Article

Mobile Content News

> Forty-seven percent of all U.S. smartphone owners used mobile shopping applications in June 2012, according to new Nielsen research. Article

> Nuance Communications introduced Nina, a virtual assistant tool enabling companies to add speech-based customer service capabilities to their existing iOS and Android applications. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Time Warner Cable is kicking in $2 million to launch TWC WiFi in Charlotte, N.C., in preparation for the Democratic National Convention that will be held there later this month. Article

> SpectrumCo and Cox Communications say Sprint Nextel's allegations that their $3.9 billion deal to sell AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless will negatively impact the backhaul and Wi-Fi offload markets is not only wrong but also irrelevant to the proposed license transfer. Article

European Wireless News

> Sweden's Tele2 is reportedly in discussions with state-controlled Rostelecom over merging their Russian mobile operations. Article

> Mexican operator América Móvil has emerged as the leading contender to acquire the Spanish service provider Yoigo, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Expansion. Article

And finally… Apple and Samsung take 108 percent of handset industry profits. Wait, what? Article


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