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Nokia Predicts Carrier Interest in Windows Phone 8

The CEO of struggling Nokia believes carriers will register a considerable interest in Windows Phone 8 in the near future.

Stephen Elop believes carriers will soon start to tire of selling just iPhones and Android smartphones, with a third ecosystem due to make its mark on the market in the form of Windows Phone 8 devices.

"There’s a dynamic that we’re seeing and hearing about … and that is increasing concern amongst operators about the concentration of power that is landing with two particular ecosystems that are obviously quite strong out there today," Elop said. "I think you’re going to see a trend where operators starting in the west begin to say, 'We need a third ecosystem to really begin to happen. We really need to double down on it. We need to cause it to happen.'"

He continued on to stress that carriers will begin registering their interest towards Windows Phone 8 in Q4, which will mark "an opportunity that we look at as quite positive for 2013 as a whole."

Elop spoke about the aforementioned plan during Nokia’s recent earnings call, which marked the announcement of a $1.3 billion loss, representing the company's sixth consecutive quarter where it reported a loss.

The Nokia Lumia 920, a Windows 8-powered phone, will release sometime during November. Microsoft itself will announce its own Windows Phone 8 on October 29.

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