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Friday, February 16, 2007

Nokia: A Couple of Strange Events

First, the Korean press are reporting that Nokia have chosen the Infineon chipset , the E-GOLDvoice, for use in some future handsets. As far as I am aware this is the first time that NOK have strayed away from Texas Instruments in a long, long time. However, dual sourcing makes sense especially for someone as large as Nokia.

Second, Phone News are reporting that Nokia, Qualcomm and Sprint have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday. This could be very big news indeed. Phone News seem to think it could be NOK returning to CDMA handset production with QCOM chipsets. Racking my brain I think the more likely outcome is licensing some of QCOMs technology for interoperability with the next generation Sprint network build out of WiMax.

My personal favourite would be the announcement of the world cellular heavyweight smackdown in the spring with Sprint as the referee with a world record purse up for grabs in the form of future CDMA Royalty Rates.