Nokia To Sell Phones Through Verizon

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Nokia, struggling to meet the demands that Apple and Android are supplying, will start offering a handset through Verizon Wireless — a first for the company in over three years.

The company hopes to target new smartphone users by partnering up with Verizon Wireless, as the behemoth wireless carrier will start selling the Lumia 822 as part of its “fall portfolio.” Without going into specific dates or price details, the device will be aimed at those looking to upgrade from basic handset (see: BlackBerry) or seeking to transfer from their previous phone.

Verizon Wireless, which has about 100 million subscribers, expands Nokia’s push in the U.S. beyond AT&T Inc. (T) and T-Mobile USA as the Espoo, Finland-based company tries to halt market share losses to Android devices and Apple’s iPhone. This agreement will also serve as a boon for Microsoft, whose new Windows Phone 8 operating system runs the Lumia 822.

Props: Washington Times