Nokia sells its current line of Lumia smartphones through GSM operators AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile US Inc. , but it's counting on broadening its wireless operator partnerships in order to push its new crop of devices based on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s latest operating system.
The problem is, Nokia didn't mention any operator partners, nor price nor launch details, at its event to unveil the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. A Verizon spokeswoman, however, tells The Wall Street Journal that it plans to release phones running the latest version of Windows in the fourth quarter. (See Nokia Lights Up Windows Phone 8 Devices.)
Verizon has also said in the past that it will only launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphones this year, which would seem to suggest Nokia's flagship phone, the 920, will support Verizon's bands, even though its spec sheet suggests otherwise. (See Nokia's Lumia 920: Will It Support US LTE? and Verizon Goes All Out for LTE Smartphones .)
Nokia should announce more details about its new phones soon, but its secrecy -- and devices that some thought were disappointing - caused its stock to slip 16 percent after the big unveil. (See Analyst Labels Latest Lumia Launch as 'Tepid'.)
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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile