Nokia's Windows Phones and Appl's iPhone were the most popular among Finnish customers during 2012, according to the country's two largest operators Sonera and Elisa.
Nokia is releasing a new software update optimized for its Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones, first rolling out via AT&T Mobility in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he is pleased with the progress of the company's flagship Lumia 920 smartphone, but admitted that the limited supply of the smartphone is causing frustration within the company's sales force. Despite this issue, Elop told CNET that the company is looking to broaden its distribution channels and launch the smartphone in many more countries.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop indicated that Verizon Wireless will launch more of its Lumia smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software, though he declined to give further details. The news sent Nokia's stock up to its highest level since April, according to Bloomberg .
Nokia's shares jumped sharply after the Swedish operator Tele2 said it had sold out of Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones two weeks before Christmas. However, one financial analyst questioned how strong overall Lumia sales were in Western Europe and North America.
Nokia struck a deal with China Mobile to sell a Chinese variant of its flagship Lumia 920 smartphone, the 920T, which will be available for order by the end of the year. News of the partnership caused Nokia's shares to jump.
We'll have to wait until Nokia reveals the level of shipments before coming to a conclusion about the Lumia 920's success. But it's a welcome change to be waiting with anticipation for what the company has to announce, as opposed fearing for its very survival.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the handset maker's relationship with Microsoft remains "special" and unchanged despite the software company boosting its Windows Phone 8 partnership deals with other handset vendors.
Microsoft is convinced it now has the high-end hardware and a rising number of the top applications to make a convincing push into the smartphone market with Windows Phone 8, according to a senior Microsoft executive.
Verizon Wireless will launch the Nokia Lumia 822 smartphone, the carrier's second phone running Microsoft's Windows Phone software. The launch is a boost for Nokia, giving it another avenue to boost U.S. sales after a lackluster third quarter in which it sold 300,000 handsets in North America, half of what it sold in the first and second quarters.