The top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.
Verizon demands LTE in all future smartphones, tablets (via GigaOM)
Verizon plans to start offering its first LTE-only phones in 2013, converging all its services onto a single network.
Microsoft gets another Android maker to pay up: LG (via GigaOM)
Microsoft said the LG deal is the 11th such patent agreement with an Android maker, covering 70 percent of the Android phones sold in the U.S.
iPad growth seen slowing in 2012, but that’s no disaster (via GigaOM)
A 35 percent increase over an estimated 48 million shipped in 2011 is nothing to sneeze at.
Mais Non! France’s “Free” Cell Phone Will (Likely) Never Work In The U.S. (via Fast Company)
Sadly, if Google and Apple can’t get it done, it’s unlikely to ever happen.
Urban Airship To Shutter SimpleGeo Services In March, With Factual Picking Up The Slack (via TechCrunch)
Urban Airship said that it will “wind down the availability of the current versions of [SimpleGeo’s] Places, Context, and Storage over the next few months”.