Leap scores $1.45B loan; Samsung, LG and HTC join Power Matters Alliance

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@FierceWireless: RT‏@RogerWCheng Older iPhones again make up a big mix at Verizon. It'll be interesting to see how AT&T's iPhones fare. | [email protected]

> Sprint Nextel's board has reportedly set up a special committee to evaluate Dish Network $25.5 billion bid for Sprint. Article (sub. req.)

> Microsoft is expected to post gains in its sales and earnings. Article

> Huawei is hiring thousands of new workers in Europe. Article

> Apple's stock continues to fall over concerns of a glut of unsold iPhones. Article

> Cricket provider Leap Wireless closed on a $1.45 billion, seven-year loan. Article

> Evernote hinted that at some point in the future the company could build "magical" hardware. Article

> LG promised a sequel to the Optimus G in the third quarter. Article

> Verizon Wireless is facing shareholders who are calling for the company to release a report about the risks it faces due to net neutrality. Article

> Two shareholder-advisory firms are now recommending the merger between MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA. Article

> C Spire Wireless is working with Openwave Mobility to test app-specific data plans. Article

> The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on unwarranted charges on mobile phone bills. Article

> Samsung, LG and HTC joined the Power Matters Alliance, giving the Qi rival a boost. Article

> Verizon Wireless is facing a petition asking the company to get rid of two-year service contracts. Page

> Rural carrier Bluegrass Cellular launched the second phase of its LTE network. Release

Mobile Content News

> Amazon reportedly has acquired voice recognition technology startup Evi. Sources told TechCrunch the deal is valued at $26 million. Article

> AppGratis is building an HTML5-based web application in a move to continue its mobile app discovery and deals service free from restrictions imposed by Apple. Article

> Twitter officially launched its much anticipated #music discovery and sharing app via Apple's iOS platform and the Web. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Tier 3 operators are moving ahead with LTE deployments, despite the fact that they face uncertainties about handset availability, roaming partnerships, device interoperability and backhaul capacity. Article

> Mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) Ready Wireless announced the availability of real-time smartphone data metering for its MVNO partners through Telespree Communications. Article

European Wireless News

> Deep-rooted political opposition looks set to be the first major obstacle to any potential deal between Telecom Italia and Hutchison Whampoa, as politicians and unions voice concerns over the strategic nature of the Italian operator's fixed-line network. Article

> Vodafone Germany confirmed plans to cut 500 jobs as the company battles to "remain a premium company" in an increasingly hard-fought mobile market. Article

And finally… Google is forbidding Google Glass owners from reselling or loaning out the glasses. Article