Verizon drops LTE phones by $100; Huawei to use Tizen for smartphones

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> MetroPCS will start a $30 mail in promotion in March. Article

> Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 is now available through Verizon Wireless. Release

> Verizon Wireless is offering $100 off all its LTE smartphones for one day. Page

> Huawei said it will build phones using the Tizen platform. Article

> Hewlett-Packard cut another 275 workers from its webOS staff. Article

Mobile Content News

> Nokia and Microsoft's maps are unifying their appearance. Article

> Sprint Nextel's Sprint TV service is launching on iOS. Post

> Samsung Electronics plans to "significantly" increase investment in its bada smartphone operating system, pitching the platform as an alternative to Google's Android. Article

> Cloud services provider Brightcove unveiled the latest edition of its App Cloud content platform here at Mobile World Congress 2012. Article

> Images stored on devices running Apple's iOS mobile operating system are vulnerable to downloaded applications that can copy the user's entire photo library without any further notification or warning, The New York Times reports. Article

> A new report indicates iOS developers can gain unapproved access to iPhone and iPad users' photos and videos. Article

> Marvel graphic novels are now on sale in the Apple iBooks bookstore. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> The first Qualcomm Gobi modem chipsets to support LTE Advanced will begin sampling in the fourth quarter of 2012 and will feature carrier-aggregation capability. Article

> Sunil Mittal, chairman and managing director of Bharti Airtel, called for the GSM Association to launch an ultra-low-cost smartphone program to help build mobile broadband in the developing world. Article

European Wireless News

> Wireless operators suffering from sluggish revenues and increasing threats from the likes of Facebook and Amazon should invest in customer-friendly cloud services to win the hearts of consumers, explained Rene Obermann, the chairman and CEO of Deutsche Telekom. Article

And finally... BlackBerry lost another customer to iPhone, this time the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Article