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First News Briefs for May 24, 2012

Thu, 05/24/2012 - 7:15am
Wireless Week Staff

Research In Motion (RIM) has lost another executive. The BlackBerry maker's head of global sales, Patrick Spence, has resigned for a "leadership position in a different industry," a RIM spokesman told The Wall Street Journal. RIM has lost a number of high-profile executives in recent months. 

Qualcomm is selling half of its India broadband unit to Bharti Airtel. The Indian operator has made an initial investment of $165 million to acquire a 49 percent stake in the business, which holds broadband licenses in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. Qualcomm paid about $1 billion to acquire spectrum in India's 2010 auction as part of a strategy to push the country toward LTE instead of WiMAX.  

The FCC is expected to open new spectrum for wireless health monitors during a vote at its open meeting today. If approved, the spectrum could pave the way for sensors that track patients' vital signs without the need for wires. The agency also released the agenda for its June open meeting, when it plans to take up an order on equipment authorization rules and a proposal to "encourage improved spectrum efficiency and greater use" of the 4.9 GHz band.

AT&T has come out with a new smartphone for its prepaid GoPhone customers. The Samsung Galaxy Appeal is said to be the first AT&T GoPhone with a slide-out qwerty keyboard when it launches at Walmart on June 5. The Android smartphone also sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen and has a 3-megapixel camera. Pricing for the device was not announced. AT&T plans to sell the phone in additional stores beginning July 15. 

OfficeDrop today announced a custom small business online cloud storage solution for wireless carriers and device manufacturers. Wireless providers can work with OfficeDrop to launch cloud services, while OfficeDrop’s custom OEM partner offering includes access to cloud storage backend; mobile sync and scan-to-cloud apps; and online storage accounts for consumers including search, sync and sharing. 

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