Psssst ... hey, you. Wanna hear the latest wireless scuttlebutt going around?
Well, even if you don't, I'm going to pass it on anyway.
It's easy to see why Nokia and Microsoft want to go this route, but AT&T's motivation is not so obvious. If one looks at Verizon's
Also, AT&T has just expanded its LTE coverage to 26 markets, up from 15. So, the more LTE handsets it can offer, the better.
We've been seeing a lot of Nokia/Microsoft cooperation with the rollouts of Nokia's Lumia smartphone line last fall, so maybe this last rumor is not so over-the-top. TechCrunch is reporting that Eldar Murtazin, a mobile industry watcher, has claimed via Twitter that Microsoft and Nokia executives will be meeting to work out a deal by which Microsoft would buy Nokia's smartphone operation.
Far-fetched? Remember, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was the former head of Microsoft's business division.
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