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Nokia has one of the largest booths at the show, but in terms of showing new technology… Nokia did not have much of substance to show in terms of new products for the GSM/UMTS world. This year, the focus was clearly on WiMAX… with a side of CDMA.
Nokia’s WiMAX presence was both at Nokia’s booth, and jointly promoted with Sprint XOHM. While the N810 should work fine with Clearwire WiMAX all the same, the promotion was heavily geared towards co-branding the N810 WiMAX Edition with Sprint XOHM… including the high-rise press conference to demo it. Press, including this writer, were lofted into the air via crane to try WiMAX high in the air.
Nokia announced its long-anticipated (and well covered by PhoneNews.com) return to CDMA device manufacturing. Countless readers have asked us if Nokia would be using their tried-and-true Series 40 platform, or use cheaper ODM designs.
We are happy to report that the two Nokia CDMA phones announced at the show, the 1606 and the 3606, are both Series 40 3rd Edition devices. More details on both devices in today’s news, but you can view live photos of both devices below.
Both devices were show, as pictured below, with MetroPCS branding, indicating that these two devices are aimed at a regional carrier release.
We did ask Nokia’s media team about the 6205, which recently appeared on Verizon Wireless rebates, and they declined to comment. They also declined to comment on the 7205; the first EV-DO phone to be manufactured by Nokia.
In addition, we have more news to announce about Nokia CDMA in the coming days, so stay tuned.