HTC sells 5M One smartphones; Samsung reaches 10M in sales of Galaxy S4

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@FierceWireless: Via @WSJ: Phone firms sell data on customers. Article | [email protected]

> HTC has sold 5 million of its One smartphones since launch. Article

> Clearwire doesn't expect Dish Network to be able to top Sprint Nextel's revised bid for Clearwire. Article. However, some Clearwire shareholders aren't happy with Sprint's new bid. Article. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the company won't raise its bid for Clearwire. Article

> Nokia is still struggling to gain traction with its Lumia-branded smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. However, now that it has flagship products with three of the four Tier 1 carriers, the company is starting to align its marketing messages with Microsoft and its carrier partners to a greater degree than before, according to a Nokia executive. Article

> Samsung said it sold 10 million Galaxy S4 smartphones in the gadget's first month of sales. Release

> ZTE's Grand S won't hit the United States until next year. Article

> Facebook said it will not release the HTC First in the United Kingdom. Article

> According to RootMetrics, T-Mobile US' LTE network in Las Vegas supports average speeds of 12.5 Mbps. Article

> Amazon is expanding the Kindle Fire internationally. Article

> ConteXtream said a wireless carrier has rolled out its software-defined networking technology to 40 million customers. Article

> Nokia Siemens Networks and Intel agreed to team for the development of NSN's Liquid Applications. Release

Mobile Content News

> Why does Walmart pose a major threat to the mobile payments hierarchy? Editor's Corner

> Weeks after Apple ousted AppGratis from its App Store for iOS, the mobile application discovery and deals service has resurfaced on Android, launching a free application available for download from the Google Play digital storefront. Article

> Square is launching its mobile payment processing network in Japan, its first expansion outside of the North American market. Square took its first international steps in fall 2012, rolling out services in Canada. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Backhaul is front and center for small operators. Editor's Corner

> Separate announcements from major infrastructure vendors Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks highlight the growing importance of carrier-grade Wi-Fi and intelligent traffic steering connectivity between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Article

> Ericsson and Globecomm are crowing about their rural U.S. LTE contracts. Article

European Wireless News

> Nokia needs to stay the course with Windows Phone. Industry Voices

> The telecoms regulator for the United Arab Emirates has allocated spectrum in both the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands for mobile broadband services, making the UAE the first country in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to harmonize the allocation of frequencies in the two bands. Article

> Vodafone reported what is being described as its biggest ever fall in full-year sales, as the operator also said it was happy with its Verizon Wireless stake and would reinvest the latest Verizon dividend payment to counter weaknesses in Southern Europe. Article

And finally… Apple has hired tech analyst Michael Gartenberg. Article