MetroPCS to sell LG Spirit for $199; T-Mobile beats rivals in social media

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> T-Mobile USA could sell the Alcatel Sparq II. Article

> Microsoft's Surface is reportedly not selling well. Article

> Cox Communications launched a network of hotspots in Virginia and Connecticut. Article

> MetroPCS will sell the LG Spirit Android phone, with a 4.5-inch screen, for $199 with a rebate. Article

> Alvarion could reportedly sell its WiMAX division to Israeli private equity fund Fortissimo Capital; meanwhile, DVTel could acquire what remains of Alvarion. Article

> Sprint Nextel said it will support an LTE acceleration lab in Tel Aviv, Israel, later this year. Release

> Apple's iPad lost a little market share in the fourth quarter. Article

> Softbank's profits doubled, largely thanks to sales of iPhones and iPads. Article

> ZTE tested carrier aggregation technology with China Mobile. Article

> Sierra Wireless will use the $100 million it makes from selling its AirCard business to acquire additional M2M firms. Article

> T-Mobile is the nation's most responsive carrier on social media, according to a new report. Article

Mobile Content News

> Sony plans to release a remote monitoring and wiping program for its Xperia smartphones. Post

> Nokia's Here service will power Toyota's local search service in Europe. Article

> Google will support Windows Phone ActiveSync until July. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Mobile subscribers in the Asia Pacific region have the cheapest mobile data service plans in the world, according to research firm Quantum-Web. Meantime, Latin America is home to the world's most expensive mobile data plans at an average of $23 per gigabyte--double that of Asia Pacific. Article

> The FCC's guidance on cell site modifications won't settle much. Editor's Corner

European Wireless News

> Chinese vendor ZTE is planning to boost smartphone shipments by 50 percent, this year with a focus on LTE-based handsets. Article

> Deutsche Telekom is indefinitely delaying the commercial launch of its Joyn RCS service after admitting that implementing the technology is taking much longer than originally expected. Article

And finally… Nokia's Vertu spinoff is planning a $10,000 Android phone. Article