Sprint PCS to Sell Nokia Phone After 2-Year Hiatus

I have to admit that I’m surprised it took this long, but Nokia’s 2-year hiatus from the Sprint PCS system is finally ending. Sprint PCS has now agreed to sell the low-end 3585 phone, saying that finally Nokia has made a CDMA phone that meets its technical requirements. They claim that they dropped Nokia in the first place due to techinical problems with the Nokias. It’s been surprising that Nokia, the world’s largest handset maker hasn’t stepped up with an improved CDMA offering. It seems, however, they may have realized that they need to make a bigger push into CDMA markets if they want to keep growing, and since Sprint PCS covers 40% of the CDMA market in the US, it’s logical for them to find a way to put past differences behind them. Right now, it’s just that one phone, but if things go well, I’m sure that higher end Nokias will start showing up on Sprint PCS soon enough.

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