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Ericsson breaks Qualcomm Windows Phone monopoly

Ericsson breaks Qualcomm Windows Phone monopoly
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First Published: Wed, Nov 02 2011. 04 38 PM IST

Nokia Lumia 800, the new and the first smartphone from Nokia running on Microsoft’s Windows OS. Bloomberg
Nokia Lumia 800, the new and the first smartphone from Nokia running on Microsoft’s Windows OS. Bloomberg
Updated: Wed, Nov 02 2011. 04 38 PM IST
New York: ST-Ericsson won a deal to supply chipsets for future Windows Phones of Nokia, breaking the monopoly Qualcomm has had for Microsoft’s mobile platform.
Nokia Lumia 800, the new and the first smartphone from Nokia running on Microsoft’s Windows OS. Bloomberg
ST-Ericsson said on Wednesday its technology would enable Nokia to extend Windows Phone devices to new price points and geographies.
The news sent shares in STMicro more than 4% higher, and Ericsson shares were up 2%.
So far Windows Phones have addressed only the most expensive part of the smartphone market, limiting the potential audience, but Nokia has said it would seek to offer cheaper models soon.
Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone vendor, last week unveiled its first two smartphone models using Microsoft software.
ST-Ericsson, which has never made a quarterly profit, has been cutting costs since it was formed in 2009 as new products are yet to compensate for declining sales of older chipsets.
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First Published: Wed, Nov 02 2011. 04 38 PM IST
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