Verizon hints at LTE expansion; Cox hires Clearwire's Hart

Quick news from across the Web

@FierceWireless: Sorry PlayBook, But It's Just Not Fair. Article (via @allthingsd) | [email protected]

> Verizon Wireless plans to bring LTE network technology to "a mess" of new cities and towns Thursday. Tweet

> Microsoft provided an update on the status of its Windows Phone 7 software update for AT&T phones. Post

> Congressman Bob Latta introduced the Spectrum Innovation Act last week. Release

> Novatel launched an LTE-capable MiFi hotspot for Verizon Wireless, for $99 with a contract and after a mail-in rebate. Release

> Cox Communications said it hired Kevin Hart, a former Clearwire executive, as its new CTO. Release

> AT&T said it will offer new discounts to subscribers of its wireless and U-verse service. Release

> New restrictions in the United Arab Emirates will affect all wireless companies, said Research In Motion. Article

Mobile Content News

> Skype confirmed reports that its application for Android devices contains a flaw that could give criminals access to private user information including names, email addresses, contacts and chat logs. Article

> Sprint Nextel continues to expand its Sprint ID app bundle program, unveiling the eco-themed Green ID pack for select Android devices. Article

> Mobile Content Venture said it will roll out services in an additional 12 markets by the end of 2011. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> WiMAX and LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications saw its shares fall 18 percent on its trading debut on Friday. Article

> Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom/Orange announced they will combine their equipment purchasing activities as a way to save  $572 million to $1.3 billion during the next three years. Article

> Shipments of electronic products with embedded WLAN will exceed one billion units for the first time this year, says new research from IHS iSuppli. Article

European Wireless News

> Western Europe will trail North America in the rollout of smartphones equipped with Near Field Communications technology. Article

> Tata Teleservices reportedly agreed to buy out Virgin Group's 50 percent stake in MVNO Virgin Mobile India for an undisclosed amount. Article

> TeliaSonera and Altimo, the telecoms arm of Russia's Alfa Group, will demand the removal of Colin Williams, Turkell's chairman, at a shareholder meeting next week. Article

And finally... RIM handed out PlayBooks last night, but BlackBerry Bridge still isn't available. PlayBook goes on sale 4/19. Cutting it a bit close, RIM? Tweet

Sponsored by ADI

What if we were always connected? With the help of our advanced wireless technology, even people in the most remote places could always be in touch.

What if there were no ocean, desert, mountain or event that could ever keep us from telling our stories, sharing discoveries or asking for help? ADI’s next-gen communications technology could keep all of us connected.

Suggested Articles

AT&T's 5G strategy sounds a little like a cross between T-Mobile and Verizon.

Verizon EVP and CTO Kyle Malady shared a few details about how it's using the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.

Ericsson's latest Mobility report finds that an average of 64% of service providers globally offer fixed wireless access (FWA) service.