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Google Voice coming to Android, BlackBerry

CNet News reports that Google is ready to bring Google Voice to the smartphone.

Sprint expands Boost Mobile US50 plan

Sprint Nextel has expanded its Boost Mobile US$50 monthly plan to include prepaid customers on its CDMA network as the struggling US mobile operator continues to seek growth in the low-end, reports the Wall Street Journal.

O2 UK moves into mobile money

O2 UK today launched the UK’s first cashcard service from a mobile operator to give itself a foothold in the country’s mobile money market.

Dell keeps faith with smartphone strategy

The Financial Times reports this week that computer-maker Dell remains committed to entering the smartphone market despite investor concerns about profitability at the firm.

NSN willing to raise Nortel offer

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has said it is prepared to increase its US$650 million bid for Nortel Networks’ mobile unit if other suitors table higher offers ahead of a court-supervised auction next week.

China Mobile awards 3G deals, expands rurally

Chinese vendors are reportedly the big winners in China Mobile’s third-round 3G network expansion tender worth CNY8.6 billion (US$1.26 billion). According to Reuters, ZTE has won 34 percent of the deal for the latest supply of TD-SCDMA kit, whilst Huawei grabbed 22 percent and Datang won 21 percent.

Intel reports strong Q2 on mobile chip success

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, has reported considerably stronger-than-expected second-quarter results, due in part to strong sales of its Atom chip for netbooks and other mobile computers, reports the Financial Times.

MTNL opens bidding for 3G franchise partner

India’s state-owned operator MTNL has confirmed earlier reports this week that it is searching for an international partner-operator to sell its 3G services under a franchise deal, reports Dow Jones Newswires.

Telenet beefs up MVNO offering

Belgium’s largest cable operator Telenet announced this week it has entered into a seven-year framework deal with Alcatel-Lucent for the construction, operation and maintenance of its new mobile network, reports Reuters.

Report: Nortel creditor assembles rescue team

MatlinPatterson Global Advisors, the New York-based private equity firm, has begun approaching potential strategic partners in preparation for a rescue bid for Nortel, reports the Financial Times (FT).