Sony, InterDigital launch Convida Wireless for M2M; MetroPCS looks at Wi-Fi as complimentary

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> MetroPCS views Wi-Fi technology as complimentary to its network, not as an offload solution. Article

> According to rumors, an iPhone 5S will launch in multiple colors in June. Article

> Samsung confirmed it plans to sell Tizen phones this year. Article

> Amazon is selling the Huawei Ascend P1 for $450. Article

> Nokia Siemens Networks combined its Africa and Middle East operations. Article

> Google may have sold as many as 375,000 Nexus 4s. Article

> T-Mobile USA announced it will sell the Research In Motion BlackBerry Curve 9315. Release

> InterDigital filed a complaint against Huawei, Nokia, Samsung and ZTE. Release. Separately, InterDigital and Sony announced an M2M joint venture called Convida Wireless. Release.

Mobile Content News

> Microsoft has alleged that Google is deliberately stifling the company's efforts to build a full-featured YouTube application optimized for its Windows Phone platform, a charge Google disputed. Article

> Skype updated its Windows Phone app. Article

> Apple's iPad experienced a sharp decline in Web traffic market share during the days immediately following the Christmas holiday according to data compiled by digital advertising network Chitika. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> The Wi-Fi Alliance is about to absorb the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance and intends to initiate an interoperability certification program for WiGig products late this year. Article

> The availability of LTE service is prompting mobile customers to consume substantially more data, particularly if those customers have large data plans, according to a new white paper. Article

> NimbleTV initiated its free beta rollout last week for up to 250 users in New York City, pushing TV content to a user's Web browser for viewing via any mobile device. Article

European Wireless News

> Vodafone launched a new program in the United Kingdom called "Nearly New" that offers second-hand smartphones in good condition to its pay-as-you-go (PAYG) and pay monthly (PAYM) customers. Article

> France Telecom Orange has placed some of its eggs firmly in the Microsoft basket by declaring that the Windows 8 operating system will be extremely important for its multi-screen development plans. Article

And finally… Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup. Article