Nokia Gets Friendly With Verizon; WP7 CDMA Models To Follow?
Could Nokia’s first venture into Windows Phone 7 result in a Verizon phone? That’s a distinct possibility, as Nokia revealed that it’s been in talks with the carrier about the possibilities for once again hosting one of its smartphones.
Part of Nokia’s efforts to reinvent itself and take back some of its market share is to get cozy with the US networks, building rapport and setting the groundwork for deals promoting its upcoming hardware. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has confirmed that Verizon has been in discussions with Nokia, though he wasn’t prepared to elucidate upon any plans the companies have made.
With CDMA support for Windows Phone 7 coming next month, Sprint and Verizon will be playing catch-up with their stables of WP7 devices; the more plans that get worked out for bringing an assortment of WP7 smartphones to their networks, the better. We just heard that Nokia thinks it can produce its first such model in 2011, so there’s a distinct possibility that a CDMA Nokia on Verizon could be part of the second wave of WP7 devices, using Microsoft’s updated hardware specifications.
So far we’ve only heard from Nokia about its interest in Verizon; the carrier has yet to comment on any such future plans.