Verizon throws support behind Samsung Pay; Virgin Mobile exempts iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker Radio streaming from data caps

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said next year is a critical year for its struggling smartphones, saying the company could consider other options for the unit if it failed to turn profitable. Reuters article

> Starting Oct. 9, Virgin Mobile USA is unveiling limitless music streaming as customers will now be able to stream iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker Radio without incurring data chares. Page

> Network testing firm RootMetrics came out with a report on Manhattan and found that T-Mobile US edged out Verizon Wireless as the fastest network in the borough, though both carriers were significantly ahead of Sprint and AT&T. Report

> Verizon has decided to support Samsung Pay. ZDNet article 

> A new iGR study forecasts that U.S. mobile operators' spending on LTE infrastructure will total $212 billion over the next five years. Release

> A day after a report in Motor Trend stirred fears about the data collected by Android Auto software, Google pushed back and said the report got key details wrong. The Verge article

> AT&T said it will introduce virtual security functions for customers. Post

> Interop Technologies said MobileNation will deploy its CorePlusXSM Voice-Over-WiFi (VoWiFi) solution to offer Wi-Fi calling service to subscribers throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. Release

> Cat released the S40, a rugged, waterproof smartphone that can handle drops and immersion in water. The phone costs $399, is sold unlocked and is compatible with the GSM networks operated by AT&T and T-Mobile. PhoneScoop article

> Microsoft's HoloLens virtual reality headset development kit will be shipped during the first three months of 2016 and will cost $3,000. Bloomberg article

Installer News

> AT&T is finding that as it comes closer to reaching its goal of installing fiber to 1 million buildings in its wireline territory, more property managers are seeing the value of having fiber at their facilities, a phenomenon that's going to give network installers more work. Article

> Ericsson has established partnerships with Ditch Witch and Vermeer to accelerate fiber network installation processes, giving service providers a new one-stop source of equipment, training and field support. Article

Online Video News

> While the prospect may seem tantalizing, don't look for an acquisition of Netflix to happen anytime soon, writes FierceOnlineVideo Editor Samantha Bookman. Editor's Corner

> Don't look for Hulu to expand into countries outside the U.S. anytime soon: Its CEO, Mike Hopkins, told attendees at a Cannes, France event that while the global broadband market makes a compelling case for doing so, the SVOD provider is only going to look at potential expansion scenarios for now. Article

European Wireless News

> Nokia's HERE navigation business said it is ready to press ahead with a pilot of a traffic information system based on existing LTE infrastructure, following the successful completion of a small-scale trial of the service. Article

> Bouygues Telecom remains in a bullish mood about its future as a standalone company, saying that higher sales and cost savings will help boost profitability in the longer term. Article

Cable News

> According to a report from the NY Post citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation, Media General has discontinued its plans to acquire Meredith for $2.4 billion. The merger would have created the third largest TV station operator in the United States. Article

> Cox Communications and Cable One continue to charge ahead with all-digital conversions in Midwest and Southern regional markets. Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber appears to be moving forward with long-awaited plans to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to Portland as the city council is going to review its applications to install seven fiber huts around the city. Article

> Zayo's zColo division and Netflix have partnered to become a founding member for Community IX Holdings' (CIX) newest community-based peering exchange in Atlanta, Georgia (CIX-ATL). Article

And finally…  Google released a new live wallpaper for Android phones that shows users' status for battery life, Wi-Fi and notifications. Article