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Sprint and Crown Castle extend tower deal

Sprint said it had “amended important contracts” with towers company Crown Castle, which the operator said will “enable the delivery of next-generation networks through Sprint’s Network Vision plan.”

Sprint critical of latest AT&T regulatory submission

US number three operator Sprint said that a new economic model submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by AT&T, in justification of its planned merger with T-Mobile USA, is “a last-ditch attempt to distract regulators, politicians and consumers from the fact that it has failed to provide any evidence that its proposed takeover of T-Mobile yields meaningful benefits.”

Verizon to begin LTE Galaxy Tab sales

Verizon Wireless will this week begin sales of a version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet with integrated LTE connectivity, with customers able to sign-up for three service plans: US$30 monthly for 2GB of data, US$50 monthly for 5GB, and US$80 monthly for 10GB.

China Telecom to review handset subsidies, ahead of iPhone launch

China Telecom is set to reduce its device subsidies later this year, ahead of the launch of the CDMA version of Apple’s iPhone in the country, Marbridge Daily reports.

RadioShack switches to Verizon from T-Mobile

US technology retailer RadioShack said it is to begin sales of contract and prepaid mobile products from Verizon Wireless beginning in September 2011, while it is set to cease offering products from existing partner, T-Mobile USA.

HTC open to discussions with Apple

Taiwanese smartphone vendor HTC has offered an olive branch to Apple in the two firms’ patents spat with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), saying it is willing to negotiate with the iPhone maker.

InterDigital names Nokia, Huawei and ZTE in US patent suit

US patent holding company InterDigital said it had filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission against Nokia, Huawei and ZTE, alleging that the vendors have imported devices for sale in the US which infringe seven of its US patents.

Motorola Solutions invests in Canvas

Motorola Solutions Venture Capital led the first tranche of a US$1.75 million funding round by Canvas, which was described as “a mobile business application service that makes it easy to find, customize and publish business apps for mobile devices.”

Verizon sees new iPhone by year-end

Verizon Communications’ new CEO, Lowell McAdam, says he now expects to see Apple’s new iPhone 5 arrive in the autumn, reports Light Reading.

Lodsys ups patent ante with Rovio, EA added to list

FOSS Patents said that Lodsys has amended one of its in-app purchasing lawsuits to name several new companies, the most high profile of which are Angry Birds developer Rovio and gaming giant EA (for The Sims 3 for iPhone).