T-Mobile optimistic about 600 MHz auction; Sprint MVNO TextNow launches Touch Mobile brand

Quick news from around the Web.

> Sprint MVNO TextNow announced the launch of its new prepaid brand Touch Mobile. Touch Mobile offers low-cost, Wi-Fi-first service plans and inexpensive handsets. Article

> AT&T Mobility's Cricket is giving more high-speed data to customers for a limited time. Release

> General Motors said it will bring its OnStar service to Europe, partly via a partnership with AT&T Mobility. Article

> Intel said its Edison development platform for the Internet of Things is now shipping. Post

> Qualcomm is bringing LTE to lower-end chipsets. Release

> The FCC is circulating items on the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum. Article

> Qualcomm is working with 90 partners on devices in China and sees major opportunities for growth even as it deals with an anti-monopoly probe there. Article

> AT&T is launching the Nokia Lumia 830. Post

> AT&T will let customers add Audi connected car connectivity to its Mobile Share Value plans for $10 per month. Post

> Nokia Networks is launching Operations Support System (OSS) as a Service. Release. Also, Nokia and Red Hat extended their collaboration to let carriers create a more efficient and flexible telco cloud infrastructure. Release

> Sprint selected AirWatch by VMware, an enterprise mobility management provider to manage the deployment of corporate-owned and employee-owned devices across thousands of Sprint employees. Article

Online Video News

> Mobile viewers are becoming an increasingly important part of online video providers' strategies, such that these providers are building specific services and ad campaigns for wireless users. Article

> No longer hunting for a 'Netflix killer,' broadcasters, MSOs trend toward integration. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> Netflix, Mozilla and a group of consumer advocates are showing their frustration over the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules, which could include the creation of Internet fast lanes, by holding Internet Slowdown Day. Article

> FirstLight Fiber and Maine Fiber Company (MFC), a purveyor of dark fiber via the Three Ring Binder network, have struck a partnership where they will deliver IP-based services to Maine businesses. Article

Cable News

> Signaling the FCC's most decisive move yet in regard to ending 40-year-old rules that black out local pro football games, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has set a Sept. 30 vote to—he apparently hopes—do away with them. Article

> Viacom struck a deal to provide 22 channels to Sony's upcoming virtual pay-TV service. Article

European Wireless News

> Coverage is now the only barrier to large-scale deployments of Voice over LTE (VoLTE), in the view of Qualcomm Technologies' VP of product management. Article

> Europe's operators have certainly wasted no time in telling customers that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will soon be in stock. Article

> Telecom Italia has valued its 67 per cent stake in TIM Brasil at around €13 billion ($16.8 billion), amid reports that Brazilian operators Oi and America Movil are closing in on the Italian company's unit. Article

And finally... Apple's touch-messaging app for the Apple Watch is like "living in a game of Pictionary." Article


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