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Nokia builds CDMA version of Lumia 800


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The CDMA Lumia 800 isn't headed to Sprint or Verizon yet, but instead, China. Nokia has lost market share in China selling less than 15 million handsets in 2011. Their response to this is to release their flagship Lumia 800 to China Telecom, who uses CDMA. This could mean that the Windows phone partner has been working on CDMA phones for release on Sprint and Verizon's CDMA network here in the States. Nokia has long stayed away from CDMA for the most part, but this CDMA model of the Lumia 800 could mean that they are making an agressive run at the US market as well as the Chinese market. Microsoft wants their OS to succeed and I'm sure that part of their agreement was for Nokia to design CDMA phones as well as GSM to ensure that WP gains market share.

 

The question is, will Sprint or Verizon go for a Windows Phone right now? Maybe the reason the CDMA Lumia 800 is being released in China is because the US carriers turned the handset down...

 

More http://www.intomobil...surfaces-china/

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Honestly, what's the point of Sprint carrying the Lumia at this point? May as well wait for LTE to go live, then Sprint and Nokia can launch a LTE enabled Lumia 900 that also runs on CDMA.

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At least this is a milestone for Nokia, which never did make a CDMA phone well. Before they pulled out of the U.S. market years ago, they had another OEM make their phones and put the Nokia branding on it. It looks like Nokia is putting its foot in the water and trying it in a different market to get the bugs work out first before heading over here which is a smart move since its brand took a hit over here.

 

You won't see a Nokia branded phone on Sprint until the 2nd half of the year, Verizon will get theirs first. Expect it to be a high end model with LTE.

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At least this is a milestone for Nokia, which never did make a CDMA phone well. Before they pulled out of the U.S. market years ago, they had another OEM make their phones with put the Nokia branding on it. It looks like Nokia is putting its foot in the water and trying it in a different market to get the bugs work out first before heading over here which is a smart move since its brand took a hit over here.

 

You won't see a Nokia branded phone on Sprint until the 2nd half of the year, Verizon will get theirs first. Expect it to be a high end model with LTE.

Exactly what I was thinking, do a trial run in China and see what kind of issues they see in their CDMA chip. If they are going to be the premier partner for Microsoft, they need CDMA to work.
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