Verizon's LTE Jetpack gets ready for launch; Sprocket, PVT launch rural LTE networks

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> Sprocket Wireless will launch LTE in rural Oklahoma via gear from Alcatel-Lucent. Release. Separately, Peñasco Valley Telecommunications (PVT), operating under the Fuego Wireless brand, will launch LTE in rural New Mexico and Texas with equipment from Alcatel-Lucent. Release

> Dish Network said it will use an HTML5-based workforce management app from TOA Technologies that will be deployed to thousands of field technicians. Release

> Best Buy said it will open 100 more store for its mobile products. Article

> Google offered to share Android revenue with Oracle if Oracle could prove patent infringement, but Oracle rejected the proposal. Article

> Apple's Tim Cook could be trying to get China Mobile to sell the iPhone. Article

> Verizon Wireless' LTE Jetpack hotspot will launch April 12. Article

> Microsoft posted a $300 million bond in its patent battle with Motorola Mobility. Article

> ZTE said its 2011 profit fell 37 percent on higher costs for marketing as well as research and development. ZTE's 2011 revenue rose 23 percent. Article

Mobile Content News

> Google released version 6.5 of its free Google Maps for Android navigation service, touting new features as well as a fresh look for devices running the Android 4.0 mobile operating system (a.k.a. "Ice Cream Sandwich"). Article

> eBay appointed David Marcus as president of its PayPal division. Marcus, previously PayPal's vice president of mobile, replaces Scott Thompson, who stepped down in January 2012 to become CEO at Yahoo. Article

> Google earned less than $550 million in revenues from its Android mobile operating system between 2008 and 2011, based on figures provided in its ongoing patent and copyright infringement battle with Oracle. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Telcordia's TV white spaces database won FCC certification. Article

> Applications using TV white space stand to get a boost now that IEEE has committed to working on standardizing the technology via its P802.22b Amendment Project for Enhanced Broadband Services and Monitoring Applications. Article

> Recent antenna siting legislation promises to keep the industry busy for years. Editor's Corner

European Wireless News

> Mobile operators in Sweden could be planning to install technology that will stop their subscribers from making free VoIP calls. Article

> Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy is taking immediate and direct control of its mobile operator subsidiary SFR as the company struggles to combat the price war unleashed by Iliad's Free Mobile. Article

And finally... Steve Jobs reportedly didn't like the name Siri, but didn't have any better suggestions. Article