Chan takes over 4G operations at Alcatel; Samsung Propel Pro coming?

> Mary Chan has taken over as the leader of Alcatel-Lucent's 4G efforts, and will communicate the company's LTE plans next month at Mobile World Congress. Article

> Mobile broadband growth at AT&T and Verizon is encouraging amid a bad economy. Commentary

> Photos of what is being dubbed as the Samsung Propel Pro have appeared on the Internet. The rumor is that the Windows Mobile 6.1-based phone will be landing at AT&T Mobility. Article

> Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned its B- corporate credit rating to Clearwire, saying that the WiMAX company will be in a weak financial position for the next few years. Article 

> Vodafone has dictated its strategy to handset vendors, telling them that it plans to reduce the number of handsets in its portfolio in 2009 and would look to streamline its approach to services and the overall user experience. Article

> A report due out of the U.K. is expected to recommend that U.K. mobile operators will not have to renew their 3G licences so long as they support the Government's universal broadband plans. Article

And finally... Two prisoners in New Zealand will be back behind bars and facing more jail time after they ran into a lamp post while trying to escape handcuffed together. Article

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