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Sprint attacks rivals data strategy – but Virgin move raises questions

Sprint has taken another swipe at its rivals over their decision to cut unlimited data plans, but a move yesterday by Sprint’s prepaid brand Virgin Mobile USA suggests the operator could be considering launching its own data management tools.

Moto Solutions plans shareholder returns

Motorola Solutions plans to make returning cash to investors a priority after selling its networks unit and shoring up its balance sheet, CEO Greg Brown told Bloomberg.

AT&T to offer Sony tablet; sponsors Kindle

AT&T has announced that it will be the “exclusive US mobile broadband provider” for the ‘Sony Tablet’ S2, a dual screen, multi-functional tablet ideal for mobile communication and entertainment, that Sony plans to launch later this year.

PayPal launches NFC payments on Android

PayPal has unveiled a peer-to-peer payment functionality that allows Android users to pay each other by tapping two NFC-enabled devices together, report Telecompaper.

Motorola and Sprint debut multi-mode Android smartphone

Motorola Mobility and Sprint announced the anticipated launch of the Photon 4G, which is described as “Sprint’s first international 4G smartphone.”

US operators unveil LTE developments

US operators AT&T and Verizon Wireless yesterday unveiled separate plans to enhance their LTE networks.

CAT-TOT deal gets go-ahead

Thai publication The Nation said that the country’s Office of the Attorney General had given the green light to an alliance between CAT Telecom and True, although it has advised CAT to confirm with the communications regulator that the necessary contracts are “appropriate.”

Qualcomm names CTO

Qualcomm appointed Matt Grob as its EVP and CTO, stating that he will “shape Qualcomm’s technical path, help coordinate R&D activities across the company, drive development of next-generation wireless technologies, and represent the company’s technologies and direction with external audiences and universities.”

RIM given six months to prove effectiveness of co-CEO roles

RIM has been given a six month grace period by shareholders to “prove” that its unusual senior management structure can deliver, reports Bloomberg. RIM said a leadership committee will study the merits of a lead director versus a chairman and the “business necessity” for the company’s co-CEOs to hold “significant” board-level titles.

Google broadens Android Market content portfolio

Google announced an update to its Android Market handset app, which will see US customers able to rent movies and purchase ebooks from handsets, creating an integrated content and apps proposition more akin to that of Apple’s iTunes store.