Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa went on a Finnish television show, and stated that while he is confident in Windows Phone 8, the company does have a back-up plan if it doesn't work out. Speculation aplenty - what is this backup plan? The answer's pretty easy, if you ask me.
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RE: Well...
by Nelson on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 23:09 UTC in reply to "Well..."
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

At this rate I'll never have a WP8 phone. Microsoft is betting the farm on Nokia, and Nokia pretends CDMA never even existed, so the chance of seeing a WP8 device on Sprint at this point seems to be nonexistent.

And yes, I've heard the rumors of a CDMA Nokia device being tested in Asian markets, but that's been over a year ago and was a flimsy two-paragraph "report" to begin with.

Even assuming that every current WP7 user is dedicated to upgrading devices with the WP8 release, that's still only 4% of the smartphone market. Here in the U.S., that number is spread among two major Windows Phone carriers, both GSM based. I just don't see that as a sustainable base. maybe it will fare better in global markets where GSM is the standard.


VZW has stated they'll carry Windows Phone 8 devices, which indicates (unless they go pure VoLTE) that there will be CDMA devices. Sprint has previously said they're up on WP8 too, so if you hold them at their word, then there's reason for hope.

Also the Lumia 800C and 610C are CDMA Nokia handsets for China.

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RE[2]: Well...
by Morgan on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 23:20 in reply to "RE: Well..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well I rarely try to hold the cellular companies to their word, that's an exercise in futility. But I do know that Sprint is all about iPhones these days, and they do have a good Nexus phone available. So, there are options, but I'd almost rather go back to a dumbphone than give Apple money.

And did those CDMA Nokia phones ever materialize? I tried to find out if they really exist but all I came up with were links to that year-old rumor article or someone's reblog of it. Regardless, they were supposedly only for the Asian market anyway (not that that has ever stopped me from buying a gadget).

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RE[2]: Well...
by dsmogor on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 06:32 in reply to "RE: Well..."
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Chinese doesn't use pure CDMA, but a variant of it not compatible with anything else. I guess with the sole reason of bypassing Quallcomm.

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RE[3]: Well...
by zima on Mon 9th Jul 2012 23:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Well..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You're confused, China Telecom uses the CDMA2000 standard (basically, each of their major networks uses different 3G standard - BTW all of them largely based on CDMA radio method - China Mobile being the one with domestic TD-SCDMA)

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