RIM gets China distribution deal; AT&T offers U-verse, smartphone promotion

> Research In Motion announced a new Chinese distribution deal with Digital China, which will allow the company to expand the reach of its BlackBerry devices. Article

> AT&T said customers who buy certain U-verse bundles and certain wireless plans will get $200 in promotion cards that they can use to buy smartphones. Release

> Is Nokia betting its future on an improved Symbian user interface? Commentary

> Cambridge Consultants said it developed a technology that significantly improves the uplink performance of LTE networks without any alterations to devices. Article

> NTT DoCoMo announced it would move straight to LTE, bypassing HSPA+; meanwhile, Softbank said WiFi will become an integral part of its LTE network. Article

> Lime Microsystems and picoChip announced a reference platform for 3G and 4G femtocells they expect to make available in the first quarter of 2010. Article

> Banks offering mobile financial services can increase new customer acquisition by as much as 60 percent, according to a recent survey by Mercatus and sponsored by Visa. Article

And finally... What's on Apple executive Phil Schiller's iPhone? It's pretty tame stuff, according to the New York Times. Article