Tuesday Mobile Pint, MWC Edition – T-Mobile bails on HSPA+ and Facebook talks privacy


The second half of a two-part post today covering the top mobile news from MWC in Barcelona.

T-Mobile bails on HSPA+ 84 plans, heads straight for LTE (via BGR)
T-Mobile had previously announced intentions to upgrade its back end to double its theoretical download ceiling to 84Mbps, however in light of its recent announcement that it will adopt more modern Long Term Evolution technology for its 4G network, the carrier has decided that its resources are better spent on LTE.

TC Interview: Nokia CEO Elop On Phablets, 41 Megapixels And Competition (via TechCrunch)
Stephen Elop claims that Nokia has changed its clock speed.

Facebook: Follow us to the mobile Web (via GigaOM)
Another take on Facebook’s mobile monetization strategy. Go here for TechCrunch’s take.

Facebook: Privacy Needs To Be Just As Easy To Control On Mobile As On The Web (via TechCrunch)
In an interview today in Barcelona with TechCrunch after a keynote appearance, Facebook’s CTO, Bret Taylor, described how the social network is taking privacy seriously on mobile, and also about how developers were behind its move toward carrier billing.

Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, And Obvious Put $4.5M In Sleek Social, Mobile Gifting Platform Karma (via TechCrunch)
Founded by Lee Linden, and Ben Lewis; Karma aims to give users the option to give friends gifts on the go via iOS and Android apps. While there are a number of mobile, social gifting apps on the market, Karma’s service combines intelligence, social discovery, and the ease of gift giving in a sleek app that’s definitely worth a look.

How Evi spent a weekend in App Store limbo
(via GigaOM)
In a span of about 48 hours, Evi, a voice-recognition app that has a few things in common with Apple’s Siri, was headed for the App Store’s trash bin on Friday for being a little too similar to Siri before Apple abruptly reversed course.

Why it’s bad that Android has 850k daily activations (via GigaOM)
While Google gains from more Android handsets in the wild, handset makers are trying to one-up each other to stand out from the crowd. Google is also refining Android far faster than handset makers and carriers can test and push out to consumers.

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