Bluegrass to finish LTE buildout late next year; Xiaomi unveils $13 fitness band

Quick news from around the Web.

> Bluegrass Cellular, one of the first rural carriers to sign on to Verizon Wireless' rural LTE roaming program, announced it will finish its LTE buildout late next year. Release

> T-Mobile plans to turn off MetroPCS' CDMA network in Philadelphia by Sept. 30. Article

> T-Mobile US launched its premium SMS refund website. Site

> Ceragon Networks said it inked a $4 million deal with a Tier 1 U.S. wireless carrier to include over 2,000 high-capacity microwave links. Release

> Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced an LTE phone and a $13 fitness bracelet. Article

> China now counts more smartphone users than the United States counts actual people. Article

> Aereo counted 77,596 subscribers across 10 cities at the end of last year. Article

> Tango is working to convince mobile game developers to build games for its platform with a new $25 million fund devoted to the effort. Article

> Microsoft appears to be developing a new Start menu for its Windows 9 platform. Article

> Amazon introduced the Amazon Wallet, the company's answer to Google Wallet, PayPal and other, similar offerings. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Mobile developers are mixed in their response to the announcement that Yahoo is buying Flurry. Article

> Samsung needs to offer galaxy-sized difference with its new Galaxy Apps store. Editor's Corner

> One in five iOS apps are effectively dead and nearly 80 percent are "zombies" that don't get enough activity to rank on the charts, according to Adjust. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T Government Solutions added another win to its public sector column when the U.S. Department of State awarded it a Foreign Post Telephone Replacement Program task order that could be worth up to $275 million over the next five years. Article

> XO Communications has made another step forward with its 100G initiative by deploying Infinera's DTN-X packet optical transport network platform across its nationwide network. Article

Cable News

> Comcast reported strong second quarter earnings, driven by its cable network performance, as well as some of its best cable communications numbers in six years. Article

> Among the fringe speculation sometimes indulged in by media investment analysts has been the notion that Netflix might not be content to merely not pay interconnection fees to Internet service providers. Article

And finally… Samsung is already mocking the iPhone 6. Article

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