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First News Briefs for April 4, 2012

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 7:08am
Wireless Week Staff

Sprint's first LTE smartphone, the LG Viper, goes up for pre-order on April 12. The NFC-capable Android smartphone comes equipped with a 4-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, front- and rear-facing cameras and mobile hotspot functionalities. The Viper costs $100 after $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year contract.

Research In Motion (RIM) is reportedly being sued for patent infringement by a division of NXP, a semiconductor company based in the Netherlands. According to widespread media reports, NXP alleges that a number of RIM's products, including the BlackBerry Torch and Playbook tablet, are violating six of its patents. The company is said to have asked the court for an injunction against RIM and financial compensation.

Android’s share of the U.S. smartphone market squeaked past the 50 percent mark for the three months ending in February for the first time in its history, comScore reports. Android holds 50.1 percent of the market, with the iPhone at 30.2 percent. BlackBerry and Microsoft both saw declines in their market share.

Network-1 Security Solutions says it agreed to settle its patent litigation against Motorola Solutions over its remote power patent. As part of the settlement, Motorola entered into a settlement agreement and signed a non-exclusive 8-year, royalty-bearing license agreement for the patent. Motorola was one of 16 defendants named in the litigation.

RACO Wireless, T-Mobile USA’s machine-to-machine partner, has come out with a new customer support solution. Its Omega Call Center Service allows T-Mobile’s M2M customers to provide around-the-clock call center support for their end users. RACO says it is the first to offer a call center designed specifically to support multiple M2M solution partners' customers. 

Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, celebrated the two-year anniversary of its complimentary Usage Alerts program by announcing its customers have saved more than $12 million since the program’s inception. Since the program launched in April 2010, Consumer Cellular says more than 99 percent of its customers have opted to keep the service. The service notifies customers as they approach or exceed their monthly cell phone data, text or voice allotment.  

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