Sprint lowers public social media comments by 23%; Sierra Wireless announces Smart SIM offering

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Redzone Wireless announced new sites in the Portland metro area for its fixed wireless 4G LTE Advanced service. Release

> The FCC has proposed fines of $29.6 million against four long-distance providers accused of slamming and cramming Hispanic consumers. RCR article

> According to a case study from the two companies, Sprint witnessed a 31 percent increase in Facebook private messages via Messenger and subsequent 23% decrease in public comments after it began conducting customer service requests through Messenger via its partnership with Conversocial. PDF report

> Home security company ADT has been purchased by a private equity firm for $7 billion, a noteworthy development in the space where companies like AT&T and Comcast also play. CNN article

> MixRadio, the former Nokia Comes with Music service, is being shut down by current owner Line. Engadget article

> Ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show, LG announced its new 5.7-inch Stylus 2 phablet. TechCrunch article

> NEC announced it will expand its partnership with SpiderCloud Wireless to offer "UMTS/LTE, dual-carrier LTE, LTE-U (*1) and LTE-LAA (*2) small cells to enterprises of all sizes." The announcement follows news that Verizon would test SpiderCloud's LTE U technology. Release

> NEC announced its new iPASOLINK EX, which the company said provides wireless transmission capacity of 10 Gbps using the 71-86 GHz frequency of millimeter radio waves. Cellular News article

> Sierra Wireless announced its new Smart SIM offering, which the company said "delivers the most comprehensive, fully integrated device-to-cloud solution, including hardware, managed connectivity, and cloud services for multi-operator, multi-regional IoT deployments." Release

Mobile Developer News

> From Taylor Swift to Kim Kardashian, celebrities cash in on mobile games. Editor's Corner

> The Application Developers Alliance (ADA) serves as "a non-profit global membership organization supporting developers as creators, innovators and entrepreneurs." But what does this mean? And how does the ADA support the app development community? ADA President Jake Ward recently discussed the alliance with FierceDeveloper. Hot Seat

Telecom News

> Sonic.Net, a California-based Internet service provider, has partnered with satellite pay-TV operators Dish Network and DirecTV to offer a discounted broadband service. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Chipmaker Sequans is jumping on the LTE Cat M bandwagon with Monarch, an LTE Cat M chipset compliant with the 3GPP LTE Release 13 Advanced Pro standard. Article

> Baicells, a Chinese startup aiming to disrupt the mobile space, has selected Radisys' CellEngine TOTALeNodeB LTE small cell software to deliver LTE in unlicensed spectrum functionality for Baicells' Light4G small cell solutions. Article

Cable News

> Comcast says its services are back online after a Presidents Day outage that covered much of its footprint. Article

> Cablevision will pay $21 million to Thomas Dolan, a company board member and son of founder Charles Dolan, to settle a five-year-old compensation suit. Article

And finally… Kanye West said his new album will never be released on Apple Music or iTunes. Article

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