Charts: If you’re concerned about privacy, don’t use your cell phone

Law enforcement and other government bodies, it seems, aren’t shy about asking for or demanding data about users from wireless carriers. All told, wireless providers received more than 1.3 million requests for user data last year, and requests are increasing every year. Here are more details.

AT&T awfully picky about the spectrum it claims to need

AT&T-Mo may be stalled, but Ma Bell is aiming for a consolation prize: Qualcomm’s 700 MHz spectrum. Regulators, however, may impose restrictions on the deal making it easier for small operators to get new smartphones and strike roaming agreements. AT&T is threatening to scrap the deal.

U.S. Cellular: iPhone buy-in price too steep

Apple’s smartphone could’ve been available on five carriers this fall instead of just four, according to U.S. Cellular’s CEO Mary Dillon. Dillon revealed during the carrier’s earnings call that her company turned down the iPhone because Apple’s “terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint.”

Judge rules Sprint can keep suing to stop AT&T-Mo

Sprint and C Spire Wireless (formerly Cellular South) can go forward with their joint lawsuit to try to stop the AT&T proposal to buy T-Mobile, a merger that the U.S. Justice Department has also sued to stop in a separate proceeding.

Apple adds another U.S. iPhone carrier (& it’s not T-Mobile)

Sprint isn’t the only new U.S. carrier allowed to sell the iPhone this year. On Wednesday, regional carrier C Spire (formerly known as Cellular South) announced pre-order instructions on its website to buy Apple’s latest smartphone, which means T-Mobile was once again passed over.