T-Mobile yanks iPhone 4S, 5 from no money down promotion; Harbinger targets GPS industry in lawsuit

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@FierceWireless: Judge rules that LG's $300 million US headquarters won't be an eyesore. Article[email protected]

> "While we have not made any decisions as to how we'll structure operations going forward, we know that Cricket's people will be an important part of our plans for success in the highly competitive prepaid segment," an AT&T spokesperson said in response to questions from FierceWireless about whether the carrier plans to retain Leap Wireless executives if AT&T is successful in acquiring the carrier. Editor's Corner

> T-Mobile US pulled the iPhone 4S and 5 from its "no money down" promotion. Article

> U.S. Cellular will introduce shared data plans in the coming weeks. Article

> Days after suing Dish Network's Charles Ergen, Harbinger Capital Partners' Philip Falcone also sued companies and trade groups in the GPS industry. Article

> T-Mobile could be gearing up to sell the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Article

Mobile Content News

> ZTE will begin selling its Firefox-based Open smartphone to U.S. and U.K. consumers via eBay. Article

> NBC News is acquiring live mobile video sharing startup Stringwire, a move to leverage firsthand witness accounts of breaking news events. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> China Unicom, which has long contended it would launch only FDD technology for its future LTE network, has softened its stance, saying it will begin testing TD-LTE. Article

> A new Sprint MVNO called Defense Mobile promises to bring LTE connectivity along with a host of affinity services--including integrated mobile banking--to active-duty U.S military members, veterans and their families. The MVNO's Nov. 11 launch seems appropriate given that date is celebrated as Veterans Day. Article

> Operators are hustling to implement IT-based improvements that will help them reduce network capex and opex, and as a result ABI Research expects spending on virtualization of mobile networks will reach nearly $6 billion by 2018. Article

European Wireless News

> LTE networks prove to be a bit like buses, as two arrive at once. Editor's Corner

> MegaFon, Russia's second-biggest mobile operator by subscribers, said it is buying 100 percent of LTE operator Scartel/Yota for $1.18 billion (€882.5 million) in a bid to gain an edge in Russia's nascent market for next-generation mobile services. Article

> Carlos Slim's América Móvil said it intends to make a €7.2 billion ($9.6 billion) offer for all shares that it does not already own in Dutch operator KPN, marking a further move in the shifting European telecoms landscape and raising questions about Telefónica's recent €8.1 billion bid for KPN's German business, E-Plus. Article

And finally… LG Korea launched a marketing stunt for the G2 where 20 people were injured. Article

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