Sprint to sell LG Optimus F3; MVNO Odin courts visually impaired

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> Officials from New York and San Francisco plan to meet to discuss a rising tide of smartphone thefts. Article

> Sprint Nextel will sell the LG Optimus F3. Release

> FreedomPop's charges are generating some criticisms. Article

> CTIA plans to back a bill that would legalize cell phone unlocking. Article

> Tizen will grow into the fifth largest mobile operating system in 2013, according to ABI Research. Release

> More reported pictures of Nokia's rumored EOS Windows Phone, with a 41-megapixel camera, are leaking onto the Web. Article

> A new MVNO, Odin, is targeting the visually impaired. Article

> U.S. Cellular will sell the LG Optimus F7. Article

Mobile Content News

> Snapchat released version 5.0 of its popular photo-sharing service for Apple's iOS, dramatically overhauling the app's user interface. Article

> Mobile video calling company Tango today released a platform that mobile gaming companies can use to add Tango-powered video calling and messaging services to their mobile games. Article

> Google is rolling out Keyboard, a text input application that delivers typing features and tools found in the company's Nexus device line to all smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 and higher. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> PMC-Sierra built its latest processor, WinPath4, to offer a number of LTE-friendly features, including support for Layer 3 IP transport, extensive IPV6 routing and single-chip capacity for up to 40 Gbps packet transport network (PTN) backhaul. Article

European Wireless News

> EE now counts 500,000 subscribers in the United Kingdom, and plans to launch shared 4G plans and pre-pay mobile broadband this summer. Article

> The U.K. government has reduced the impact of a security report that criticizes the central role played by Huawei in the country's telecoms infrastructure in order to avoid a trade backlash from China, according to the Financial Times. Article

> France Telecom wants to develop relationships with fixed providers such as cable operators across Europe in a bid to offer quad-play bundles of fixed, mobile and TV services in more of its markets, strategy chief Elie Girard told Bloomberg during an informal meeting this week. Article

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