U.S. Cellular announces unlimited data promotion; Panhandle Telecommunication Systems buys Verizon 700 MHz spectrum

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> Nokia's stock jumped on reports that its Lumia 920 sold out in Germany. Article

> Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility unit are considering patent arbitration. Article

> Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, based in Guymon, Okla., agreed to purchase a lower 700 MHz B Block license from Verizon Wireless. Post

> For a limited time, U.S. Cellular customers in the carrier's 4G LTE markets can select an unlimited data plan for $40 per month and add tethering for $20 more. Release

Mobile Content News

> Consumers are reporting random reboot and freezing issues impacting smartphones running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Article

> A software glitch identified in Google's new Android Jelly Bean 4.2 has deleted the month of December from the mobile operating system's native People app, which stores contact information like friends' birthdays. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> AT&T is racing to play catch-up and then some with its archrival Verizon Wireless, doubling the reach of its LTE network in one year but still falling far behind Verizon's sprawling LTE footprint. Article

> T-Mobile USA has lost customers because it does not carry Apple's iPhone, but the company is not willing to make major sacrifices to add the device to its portfolio, said a T-Mobile executive. Article

European Wireless News

> Vivendi said that worries over mounting French unemployment has turned political opinion against low-cost operator Free Mobile. Article

> KPN's CEO Eelco Blok is eyeing a network sharing partnership with Telefónica's O2 Germany to save on costs. Blok said a "good, full network sharing deal would be beneficial" for both companies, according to Dow Jones Newswires. Article

And finally… The Emirates airline will use a Hewlett-Packard Windows 8 tablet (instead of an iPad) for in-flight functions. Release