Samsung reportedly preparing phablet with 5.9-inch screen; T-Mobile teams with RootMetrics

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> Samsung is reportedly preparing a phablet with a 5.9-inch screen. Article

> Nokia still owes Microsoft $650 million in Windows Phone payments. Article

> T-Mobile USA will use RootMetrics for coverage comparisons. Post

> Nokia noted in its latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Windows 8 is "not achieving or retaining broad or timely market acceptance," CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood pointed out. Tweet

> One analyst believes Samsung will face problems in smartphones this year. Article

> Mobile companies scored $813.6 million in venture capital financing in February, according to Rutberg & Co. Article

> BlackBerry's CEO said customers are switching from other smartphone platforms to the company's new products. Article

> Nokia is supporting Apple in the iPhone maker's bid to ban Samsung products that infringe on Apple's patents. Article

> Qualcomm said it strengthened its Silicon Valley presence with appointment of Laurie Yoler as its new senior vice president of business development. Release

Mobile Content News

> Rovio Entertainment is making the original version of its blockbuster mobile game Angry Birds available as a free download from Apple's App Store. Article

> According to the latest figures from comScore, Apple managed to increase its smartphone market share in the United States during the October-January holiday buying rush. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> The U.S. market has been very, very good to Nokia Siemens Networks. Editor's Corner

> Open Garden is talking with mobile operators as well as car manufacturers, with both groups hoping to leverage the startup's crowdsourced application that combines bandwidth from Wi-Fi and cellular networks and enables the automatic creation of on-the-fly mesh networks. Article

European Wireless News

> Deutsche Telekom plans to launch Germany's largest Wi-Fi network in partnership with crowdsourced Wi-Fi provider Fon. Article

> Deutsche Telekom said its CEO Rene Obermann will lead Dutch cable operator Ziggo after he steps down at the end of this year. Article

> Telefónica secured a $1 billion export credit deal to purchase infrastructure equipment from Ericsson. The agreement is backed by two Swedish export authorities. Article

And finally… Google's Glass vs. Apple's iWatch. Comic