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CTIA Spoiler Alerts

1:00 PM -- The CTIA 's annual confab is right around the corner, and the trade group is doing its part to up the excitement level, which Mobile World Congress's close quarters may have stifled a little.

Aside from the promise of sunshine in Orlando, Fla., and a guest appearance by Kim Kardashian, the CTIA has gone out of its way to tease a few product launches.

First, CTIA VP Rob Mesirow told PCMag to expect a "a significant new tablet" at the show. Then, an update to the CTIA's E-Tech awards site suggests we'll see two unannounced LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) smartphones at the show. Listed as finalists for the phones/smartphones category along with the Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Atrix and High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Thunderbolt, were two entries for "LG Mobile Phones."

What the tablet and LG phones will be is anybody's guess, but some of our favorite educated guessers have suggested the tablet is from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) and one LG phone is destined for T-Mobile US Inc. .

LR Mobile has some teasers of its own. We're expecting a few other key trends and announcements at the show:
  • Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment plans, or at least more concrete discussions, from none other than Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), along with new phones and tablets at its over-three-hour event.
  • More tablets, and -- let's face it -- mainly Android ones. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) won't come, but will be discussed at every turn.
  • Tablets may steal smartphones' thunder at CTIA, but new smartphone launches will be all about LTE.
  • Glasses-free 3-D-capable smartphones and tablets and content that, I hope, will convince me this market is worth the hype.
  • Continuations of some MWC themes, like two-way video chat, dual-core chipsets, Wi-Fi offload and voice over LTE .

Let us know what trends you're hoping to unearth at CTIA on the message board below.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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