T-Mobile expands WiFi calling; HTC almost doubles quarterly profits

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> Thanks to smartphone demand, HTC almost doubled its quarterly profit, beating analyst estimates. Article

> Leap Wireless' Cricket division will launch Huawei's Android-based Ascend smartphone in mid-October for $149.99. Release

> T-Mobile USA will expand its WiFi calling and make it available for a wide selection of Android-powered smartphones, including the T-Mobile myTouch and Motorola DEFY. Release

> Microsoft could unveil tablets, too during its Oct. 11 Windows Phone 7 event. Article

> Samsung said it has sold more than 5 million Galaxy S smartphone handsets since the June launch.  Article

>  Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen said he expects China and India to be very attractive markets for the company as those markets add more phone users and upgrade networks.  Article

> Mobile phone supplier Personal Communications Devices showed off a range of handsets it is selling in the U.S. market, and also offered hints on its plans for the future.  Article

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> Qualcomm confirmed reports it will shutter its struggling FLO TV mobile broadcast effort, halting direct-to-consumer sales of new devices but committing to delivering programming to existing subscribers through the spring of 2011. Article

> Bitstream released the latest version of its browser, Bolt 2.3, which has HTML5 audio streaming, enhanced inline text editing and cloud-based backup.  Release

> At the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live conference, Janus Friis, co-founder of social music service Rdio, talks about the importance of mobile in digital music.  Article

> Opera Software launched Open Mobile Ad Exchange, a new service delivering cloud-based mobile advertising across the 66.5 million smartphones and feature phones running the firm's Opera Mini mobile browser. Article

And Finally... A group of German Catholics want to do away with Santa Claus.  Article