Verizon certifies Gemalto for Cat 1 LTE; Sprint offering discounts on Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note5

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Verizon certified Gemalto's Cat 1 LTE module for M2M and IoT products. Release

> Seeed Studios released its new RePhone Kit Create, which the company said will allow users to build their own rudimentary 2G phone. Network World article

> Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint each touted their network performance during the Super Bowl. Verge article

> According to LightReading, AOptix has discontinued its operations and will sell its assets at auction next week. LightReading article

> The CTIA is looking for a vendor to operate a database of stolen phones. Phone Scoop article

> For a limited time, Sprint is offering customers who select a new Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy Note5 a guaranteed $200 in savings when they trade in their current working smartphone. Site

> Google Hangouts now supports peer-to-peer calling. Phone Scoop article

> The telecom regulator in India banned Facebook's "Free Basics" service. Engadget article

Telecom News

> A new IHS report said that innovation in the CaaS and platform as a service (PaaS) off-premises cloud service markets will continue to arise as new tools to automate data centers and new technologies such as containers for developers become more widespread. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Apple and Cisco are making it pretty clear they don't want their enterprise customers thinking about using the 2.4 GHz band. Article

> Thanks to a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) from the FCC and support from FirstNet, HetNet provider Parallel Wireless and its partners set up an LTE network for public safety to use during yesterday's Super Bowl. And it was all arranged with only about 20 days notice. Article

European Wireless News

> Millicom has agreed to sell its business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Orange for $160 million. Article

> Nokia said it has combined big data storage, intelligent analytics and "extreme" automation in a cloud-based platform that will cut the time taken to identify, and solve, network problems. Article

Cable News

> Investors and analysts are concerned about the level of capital spending potentially involved with Comcast's entry into the wireless business, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. Article

And finally… Apple's Tim Cook celebrated the Super Bowl with a blurry picture of the field. Article