Leap shares fall on concerns about slow iPhone sales

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Shares of Leap Wireless International Inc fell 3 percent on Thursday after the company said it may be able to sell only half the iPhones it has committed to buying from Apple Inc, potentially setting it back by $450 million over three years.

Leap (San Diego, USA), a provider of wireless services to cost-conscious customers, did not sell as many iPhones as it had hoped in the fourth quarter. It said that overall customer additions were hurt by general softness in the prepaid sector and phone prices were higher than many consumers could pay.

Clearwire to tap Sprint money but continue Dish talks

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Wireless service provider Clearwire Corp said on Wednesday it would draw on $80 million in financing from Sprint Nextel Corp, which is seeking to buy it, but vowed to continue talks with rival bidder Dish Network Corp.

Shares of Clearwire (Bellevue, USA) fell 3 cents to $3.17 after the decision, which could end Dish (Meridian, USA) Chairman Charlie Ergen's effort to buy Clearwire. But the stock was still above Sprint's offer of $2.97 per share, showing that investors still held out hope for a higher valuation.

Exclusive: Juniper mulls next move after asset sale talks falter - sources

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Juniper Networks Inc is reviewing its enterprise-focused networking business after talks fell through late last year to sell assets, including security unit NetScreen Technologies, several sources close to the matter told Reuters.

Deutsche Telekom and IBM unveil smarter-cities initiative

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom and IT giant IBM are to combine their M2M expertise with the aim of creating more sophisticated smart-city services.

The two companies say they want to help cities make “smarter use of heir services through intelligent data capture and analysis”.

Their technology could be used to support a number of city services, they say, including intelligent traffic management, route optimization, bus or train arrival prediction and parking space management.

Music service Spotify hooks up with Ford in first vehicle foray

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Streaming music service Spotify has partnered with Ford Motor Co to allow its subscribers to listen to music in more than one million Ford vehicles in North America.

Owners of Ford (Dearborn, USA) models with SYNC AppLink can access Spotify's catalog of more than 20 million songs through voice activation using its smartphone app.

The deal, announced by both companies on Monday, is Spotify's first collaboration with an automaker.

PayPal takes mobile payment service to Europe

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PayPal launched a European version of its PayPal Here mobile payments service for small merchants on Thursday as the online payments division of eBay Inc steps up competition with rivals, including Square Inc.

PayPal (San Jose, USA) unveiled a new device, about the size of a smartphone, that allows small merchants to accept credit and debit cards under a more-stringent and complex system in Europe known as Chip and PIN.

The gadget connects to a new PayPal app that merchants can run on Apple Inc (Cupertino, USA) iPhones and Android-based smartphones.

Verizon Wireless eyes first international LTE roaming partners this year

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Verizon Wireless expects to sign its first international roaming agreement later this year for customers of its fastest wireless service who travel overseas, according to a top executive for the No. 1 U.S. mobile provider.

While Verizon Wireless (New York, USA) has 200 partnerships with overseas operators for its older, third-generation mobile service, it has not yet been able to set up agreements for its fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) data service, which was first offered in the United States in late 2010.

Vodafone says can invest in Europe without Verizon sale

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British mobile operator Vodafone said it did not need to sell part of its stake in its highly profitable Verizon Wireless joint venture in the United States to bolster its business in Europe.

Chief executive Vittorio Colao told reporters on Monday Vodafone (Newbury, UK) had a healthy balance sheet and could invest when it needed to, adding it could step up its range of services without having to make acquisitions.

Nokia Siemens Networks aims for no. 2 slot in US market

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Nokia-Siemens Networks is mounting an expansion drive in North America where the world's third-largest telecom equipment maker believes a spate of deal-making among mobile carriers will play out in its favor.

Chief Executive Rajeev Suri said deals by Japan's Softbank (Tokyo, Japan) to buy 70 percent of Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, USA) for $20 billion, and Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germany) purchase of MetroPCS (Richardson, USA) was an opportunity for NSN to grab new U.S. business.

Divide between European and US telcos widens

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When the bosses of global mobile operators meet in Barcelona this week, there will be an elephant in the room: the widening gap between fast-growing and richly-valued U.S. telecoms companies and their ailing European counterparts.

A overcrowded market, tough regulations and recession are hampering European telcos' ability to invest in faster networks, increasing the risk that the region's flagging economy falls further behind the United States and parts of Asia.

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