Verizon launches prepaid mobile broadband; U.S. Cellular posts weaker profit

> Verizon Wireless launched prepaid mobile broadband services via three new options: daily use at $15 for 75 MB; weekly use at $30 for 250 MB; and monthly use at $50 for 500 MB. Release

> U.S. Cellular reported a notable drop in profit in its quarterly numbers, down to $35.6 million, compared with $89.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Release

> Qualcomm posted slowing profits and revenues in its fiscal fourth quarter, and its outlook fell short of some analysts expectations. Article

> Isabella Products said its two-way, interactive digital photo frame--Vizit--will run on AT&T's wireless network. Release

> Research In Motion plans to buy back as much as $1.2 billion in shares. Article

> Alvarion reported that its revenue fell 21 percent to $58.4 million. Article

> Research firms IDC and Canalys concluded that the third quarter was the best ever for smartphone sales. Article

> Austrian-based WiMAX Telecom filed for bankruptcy after Alcatel-Lucent demanded payments the wireless operator could not come up with. Article

> UK operator 3 announced big price cuts to its MiFi offering. Article

> The emergence of cheaper touchscreen handsets is driving down ARPU by 23 percent, according to research firm TNS Comtech. Article

And finally... A Brazilian bricklayer thought to have died in a car accident showed up at his own funeral. Article