MetroPCS deploys Amdocs; Senate panel approves CTO, NTIA nominees

> MetroPCS announced it finished swapping out its legacy systems with Amdocs' software for customer billing, relation management and other functions. Release

> The Senate Commerce Committee approved President Obama's choices for national chief technology officer and head of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration. Article

> Ultimately, LTE femtocells may be more about coverage than speed. Commentary

> Business in emerging markets is what could help Vodafone out of its rut, buy also may be a hindrance. Commentary

> LG Electronics said it would close a mobile phone manufacturing facility in Mexico--and instead rely on its Brazilian production plant--because of the Mexican government's decision to drop a 15 percent import tariff on phones. Article

> Apollo Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix and other academic institutions, named AT&T Mobility as its primary wireless services provider. Release

> T-Mobile and Orange remain skeptical of adopting LTE because of earlier 3G problems. Article

> WeFi is launching a mobile app storefront powered by WiFi that will feature data-heavy applications that are best suited for WiFi connections. Article

> NTT DoCoMo said it will sell a dual-mode handset on its HSDPA network that also acts as a WiFi access point. Article

> KPN expressed interest in acquiring Telefonica O2 Germany. Article

And finally... IndyCar racer Danica Patrick takes shots at competing prepaid services in a new promotional ad from Sprint Nextel's Boost Mobile. Video

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