Verizon, Qualcomm name JV 'nPhase'; Motorola, NEC win KDDI LTE contracts

> Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm named their M2M joint venture "nPhase," and announced the company's board of directors. Release

> Motorola and NEC won contracts to build KDDI's LTE network. Article

> Nokia Siemens Networks named its North America chief, Sue Spradley, to its executive board, and said it would set up an LTE "competence" center in Dallas. Release

> Though Qwest is ending its branded wireless service, but it may turn to WiFi as a wireless solution. Commentary

> Craig Settles asks: With broadband funding, whose needs are we meeting? Commentary

> O2 Germany became the first operator in Germany to allow mobile VoIP applications on handsets without charging a premium. Article

> Alltel launched Research In Motion's BlackBerry Tour for $199.99 with a 1-year service contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. Release

> Northern Michigan University has deployed mobile WiMAX and is adding the cost of the network in the cost of tuition. Article

> Orange and Vodafone are revamping their social networking strategies. Article

And finally... Check out Microsoft's answer to the iPhone--its own super phone called the "Fune." Video