T-Mobile wins $23M for rural networks; Defense Department building 4G network

Quick news from around the Web.

@FierceWireless: RT@CNETNews: Verizon will offer 4G LTE-only smartphones and voice over LTE by 2014. Article | [email protected]

> Even at a $20 price, the Nokia 105 is still profitable, according to an IHS teardown. Release

> New leaked documents point to a close relationship between the National Security Agency and telcos like AT&T and Verizon. Article

> MetroPCS is urging over-the-top messaging providers to use the Rich Communications Services standard, but companies like Facebook are taking a wait-and-see approach. Article

> The Defense Department is building its own 4G network. Article

> T-Mobile won $23 million in funding and U.S. Cellular scored $34.5 million in funding from the FCC's $300 Mobility Fund Phase I auction, and they will use the funds to build networks in rural areas. Article

> Cisco has 500 employees working in an Internet of things business unit. Article

> Congress is urging federal users to free up more spectrum for wireless. Article

> U.S. Cellular said it developed a "Parent-Child Agreement" that the carrier said "can guide the conversations parents and children have about cell phone usage." Release

> Time Warner Cable said it will deploy up to 10,000 Wi-Fi access points in New York City by the end 2013, using gear from Cisco and Ruckus Wireless. Article

> Google is funding the construction of Wi-Fi networks. Article

> ZTE is hoping to sell more phones directly through European retailers in a bid to counter Samsung. Article

Mobile Content News

> A week after Facebook added video capture features to its Instagram photo sharing application to combat Twitter's fast-growing Vine app, Vine shares have fallen off precipitously, according to data from social analytics firm Topsy obtained by MarketingLand. Article

> Facebook unveiled a new public testing program enabling consumers to trial beta versions of its mobile social networking application for Google's Android. Article

And finally… Sean Parker wrote a 9,000-word essay in defense of his wedding. Article