The inevitable march of 3G services across the globe just took another giant step forward, with India -- undeniably one of the world's largest mobile markets, and growing by the second -- committing to an auction for 3G spectrum in the next few months. The exact date hasn't been set, but participants can expect to shell out a bare minimum of 20 billion rupees (about $477 million) for the pleasure of partaking in a nationwide license. So yeah, sorry, HTC, looks like you're going to have to eventually come up with a better excuse to launch a 3G-free superphone in that part of the world, assuming these licenses materialize into actual networks down the road.