Dish's Ergen pushes FCC's Genachowski on LTE Advanced plans; U.S. Cellular reveals LTE service pricing

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@FierceWireless: "@gigaom: Qualcomm chips bring 5G Wi-Fi to mobile devices. Article | [email protected]

> The Wi-Fi Alliance will begin certifying devices for its Passport effort in July. The program will allow users to connect to hotspots without signing in. Article

> Dish Network's Charlie Ergen met with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to push the FCC to approve Dish's plan to build out an LTE Advanced network. Importantly, Dish appears open to the possibility of a more accelerated buildout schedule as well as "potential conditions that would facilitate other carriers' access to Dish's planned nationwide wireless network." Filing

> AT&T said it is working on a home automation and monitoring platform called Digital Life. Article

> ZTE said it will show off new Android, Windows Phone, LTE and quad-core devices at next week's Mobile World Congress trade show. Release

> At the Mobile World Congress trade show, Qualcomm said it won't show off commercial quad-core Snapdragon phones, but will offer LTE phones that won't dry out users' batteries. Article

> Samsung said it has sold 20 million Galaxy S II phones. Article

> Ericsson said it developed a unique solution that triples uplink capacity in HSPA networks. Release

> U.S. Cellular said it will charge the same rate for LTE data as it currently does for 3G data. Page

Mobile Content News

> Apple and Google are among the companies that agreed to provide privacy details to mobile application users. Article

> Mobile payment solutions provider Boku is partnering with MasterCard to expand its m-commerce services to the financial services giant's PayPass retailer network. Article

> Mobile marketing startup Scan has secured $1.7 million in seed funding to fuel product and market development of QR codes, Near Field Communications, image recognition and other interactive mobile technologies. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Kineto Wireless is offering a Skype-like VoIP service. Article

> The 4G Americas trade group is promoting Voice over HSPA via a white paper that describes potential VoHSPA benefits, including increased network spectral efficiency. Article

European Wireless News

> Panasonic and Fujitsu plan to re-enter the European handset market with the launch of new smartphones. Article

> The UK's largest operator, Everything Everywhere, saw solid revenue growth last year as it customers switched from low-cost pay-as-you-go tariffs onto smartphone contracts. Article

> France Telecom Orange confirmed losing 201,000 subscribers to Iliad's Free Mobile in the six weeks since the low-cost operator launched. Article

And finally... 25 years ago, the first mobile phones were introduced in Australia. Article

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