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Verizon Fined $25 Million by FCC for Data Download Overcharges

Verizon was today fined a record $25 million by the Federal Communications Commission and agreed to refund an additional $52.8 million to customers to settle allegations that the largest U.S. mobile-phone company overcharged customers for data fees.

Banks Rework Credit Cards With New Technologies

Get ready for credit card 2.0. Citibank (C) is about to begin testing a card with two buttons and lights to let users choose whether they want to pay with rewards points or credits, The New York Times said.

Samsung Galaxy Tab to Go on Sale in November

Samsung Electronics%u2019 (SSHNY) Galaxy Tab, one of the first tablet computers to challenge Apple%u2019s (AAPL) iPad, will be available from Nov. 11 in Verizon Wireless stores and cost $599.99. The price tag makes the Galaxy marginally cheaper than that $629 iPad, The Wall Street Journal reported. The 7-inch Galaxy will be available from Verizon Wireless stores and will run on Verizon%u2019s 3G wireless network.

Nokia to Cut 1,800 Jobs, Posts Strong Profit

Nokia Corp. (NOK) will lay off 1,800 workers as it seeks to cut costs in its Symbian Smartphone operation. CEO Stephen Elop said that Nokia "faces a remarkably disruptive time in the industry, with recent results demonstrating that we must reassess our role in and our approach to this industry," The Associated Press reported.

Samsung Shares Fall on Gloomy Forecast

Samsung Electronics shares fell 2.5% to 773,000 won each, fueling declines in other Asian technology stocks, after the company forecast its third-quarter profit will fall from the second quarter's record high.

Motorola Joins
the Patent Wars,
Suing Apple

No less than four major mobile companies -- Apple, HTC, Microsoft and now Motorola -- are currently suing each other over cell-phone technology. At issue is the intellectual property that underlies several popular mobile devices.

With the iPhone 4, China Finally Goes Wild for Apple

When Apple first entered China with its wildly popular iPhone, the response was warm but not overly so. The iPhone 4, however, is off to a gangbuster start. If Apple can keep tapping China's potential, fervent shareholders could become even more bullish.

The Best Brokers For Mobile Investors

What are the best brokerages for mobile investors? The industry advisory firm Corporate Insight surveyed the mobile trading features of 21 brokerages, looking at a variety of platforms and loads of other features. See what firms come out on top.

Intel Prepares Offer to Buy Infineon Wireless

Intel is nearing a bid to buy Infineon Technologies' wireless unit, a move that would give it an instant presence in the smartphone market. The world's top chipmaker will reportedly offer $1.91 billion for the unit, which supplies chips for both Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S.

Intel and Nokia's Dream of 3-D on Smartphones

Intel and Nokia are partnering on a lab to explore 3-D technologies, which already are popular in games and movies. The companies believe consumers will want similar vivid imaging and interactive experiences while using their smartphones.

Nokia Shows Up Late for the Smartphone Party

With a global reach that other phone makers can only envy -- 44% market share -- and the brand recognition that comes along with it, Nokia's still having a hard time transitioning to smartphones.

Can Your Cell Phone Kill You? New Study Aims to Find Out

Could your cell phone be giving you cancer? Many studies have looked at the health risks of mobile phones without clearing or implicating them for sure. The biggest study yet will track 250,000 people for decades to see whether dependence on our mobile phones exacts too big a price.

Handicapping Apple vs. Google in Mobile Apps

Greg Yardley, a vice president at mobile analytics firm Flurry, says Apple rules this roost -- at least when it comes to applications. However, Google is pushing its Android mobile operating system aggressively. He sees a collision coming.

Troubled Phonemaker Sony Ericsson Posts Profit

Sony Ericsson, the "lost" handset company, which has been bleeding market share for the past several years, said its unit sales dropped another 28% in the first quarter, but net income hit $29 million, quite a turnaround from the same quarter last year, when it lost $398 million.

Microsoft to Unveil Phones Monday: MarketWatch

Software giant Microsoft is expected to show off a new line of mobile phones Monday that will be loaded with its software, MarketWatch.com reported. The phones, made by Sharp, will feature touch screens and run on the Verizon Wireless network, according to the report.

Verizon Drops Prices on Two Palms, One BlackBerry

Verizon Wireless announced it was slicing the prices on its Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus by more than 60%, and on the BlackBerry Curve by more than 70%. That's good news for both Palm and Research In Motion, which have seen their smartphone sales slip recently.

Welcome to the Net's New Battleground: Mobile Software

The war for Internet supremacy is going mobile, and the world's biggest techs are gearing up. The battle lines are clear at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, where nearly every combatant (except Apple, of course) is in attendance and pushing its vision.

India's Mobile Phone Leader Bets $10.7 Billion on Africa

The world's No. 3 single-country mobile operator, India's Bharti, has been looking to buy into the emerging markets of Africa for years: Now, it's on track to achieve that with a $10.7 billion buyout bid for most of Kuwaiti telecom Zain's African mobile operation.

Google's Android Is Gaining on Smartphone Rivals

Google more than doubled Android's still-small slice of the market in fourth-quarter 2009, claiming 5.2%, up from 2.5% in the third quarter, according to comScore. That puts Android within hailing distance of Palm's 6.1% share. Research in Motion and Apple are still the leaders by far.

Google's New Phone Angers Partners

It's barely been a week since Google (GOOG) launched its own phone and the search giant's big push into the mobile market has sent ripples throughout the industry. But the immediate outcome of the much-hyped push into what Google sees as a key area of growth, though, can hardly be what the company was hoping for.