Cricket Wireless cuts BlackBerry pricing to $55; Sagem Wireless to sell patents

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> Cricket provider Leap Wireless reduced its pricing for BlackBerry services from $60 per month to $55, in line with its Android service pricing. Website

> Investors appear keen on Nvidia's mobile prospects. Article

> The open access provisions relating to Verizon Wireless' 700 MHz spectrum won't affect Apple's plans to sell the iPhone on Verizon's network, according to industry watchers. Article

> Sagem Wireless' patents are up for sale. Release

> Sprint Nextel cut the price of its GalaxyTab tablet to $299. Article

> Investor Carl Icahn scored an 11.4 percent stake in Motorola Mobility. Article

> Nokia scaled back layoff plans to 500 positions. Article

> Samsung and IBM will partner on chips for mobile. Article

> India approved Qualcomm's plans to invest in four local joint ventures. Article (sub. req.)

Mobile Content News

> Apple released the first beta version of its iOS 4.3 update to registered developer partners, introducing a series of new bells and whistles. Article

> Mobile music discovery solutions provider Shazam will integrate digital streaming music service Spotify. Article

> Mobile ad impressions generated via smartphones running Google's Android mobile operating system surpassed Apple's rival iOS for the first time in December. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Apple's iPhone is finally coming to Verizon Wireless' network, and the device could have some interesting implications on both the operator's 3G EV-DO and LTE network. Commentary

> The video calling function on Verizon's iPhone will only work on WiFi. Article

> The next generation of WiMAX, known as 802.16m, is expected to receive final approval in March. Article

> The personal hotspot feature on the Verizon iPhone is reportedly coming to all iPhones via an update to iOS 4.3. Article

European Wireless News

> T-Mobile UK said it will cut its mobile data limit. Article

> Ireland ditched its plans for issuing mobile TV licenses.  Article

> According to a survey commissioned by OSS vendor Amdocs, 73 percent of mobile operators are planning to expand the services they deliver to their prepaid customers. Article

> Finnish operator DNA has announced its intention of launching a commercial LTE network covering major Finnish cities during 2011. Article

And finally... T-Mobile USA's latest ad takes aim at the Verizon iPhone. Video