T-Mobile adds more services to Music Freedom; U.S. Cellular to raise up to $500M, likely for spectrum

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> T-Mobile US said it added another 14 services to its Music Freedom program, including Google Play Music, Xbox Music and SoundCloud, which eliminates the cost of streaming music from customers' monthly data bills. The carrier also said number of T-Mobile customers streaming music each day has jumped nearly 300 percent since the carrier launched the program this summer--T-Mobile said customers are streaming 66 million songs per day, or roughly 200 terabytes of data per day. Release

> U.S. Cellular is looking to raise up to $500 million through the issuing of debt, and will likely use the cash to buy spectrum in the FCC's ongoing AWS-3 auction. Release. Additionally, U.S. Cellular said it is now offering 10 GB of data for $130 per month.

> The European Parliament is considering a proposal that would break up Google in order to lessen its dominance over the Internet. Article

> AT&T Mobility upgraded its network in Ohio for more than 50,000 customers of the former Alltel, which AT&T in 2013. Release

> Barron's is predicting that Intel's stock could rise 30 percent during the next two years. Article

> Motorola said it will replace some Nexus 6 phones for AT&T. Article

> Verizon Wireless introduced the new LG Electronics Transpyre, a low-end Android phone. Article

> Square said it will support Apple Pay starting next year. Article

> American Tower said it reached a deal with TIM Celular to acquire two portfolios of towers in Brazil. Release

Wireless Tech News

> Altiostar unveiled the complete portfolio of its carrier-grade, cloud-based software-intensive radio access (C-RAN) solution with Ethernet fronthaul. Article

> A Google executive presenting at a mobile industry event in Shanghai, China, assured the mobile industry last week that it need not be afraid of Project Loon, which is trying to bring the Internet to everyone, anywhere. Article

Telecom News

> Zayo is supplying IX Reach, a wholesale carrier provider, a mix of colocation and dark fiber facilities connecting data centers in New York and New Jersey. Article

> Telstra has hatched a plan to build a cloud-based environment targeting the needs of Australia's federal, state and local government agencies. Article

Cable News

> After a limited trial in New York City, Verizon has expanded an aggressive triple-play promotion that offers new FiOS voice, data and TV subscribers a $150 Visa gift card and a free year of Netflix. Article

European Wireless News

> BT said it is in early discussions with two mobile network operators about a possible acquisition, and confirmed that Telefónica-owned O2 UK is one of the companies involved. Article

> Telecom Italia's board on Friday gave clearance to the company's management to explore a tie-up between TIM Participacoes and Brazilian rival Oi, while also approving the sale of the company's towers in Brazil to American Tower Group. Article

> Saudi Arabia-based operator Mobily has suspended CEO Khalid Omar Al Kaf and put his deputy Serkan Okandan in temporary charge while it investigates accounting errors that forced it to restate its results earlier this month. Article

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