Nokia, Born In the UMA

Nokia is starting to push the wireless technology unlicensed mobile access, or UMA, in the U.S., and will offer a cell phone for T-Mobile’s planned UMA launch in September. Earlier this month Nokia’s CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told the WSJ that Nokia had developed a UMA phone specifically for T-Mobile.

Nokia makes both dual WiFi-cellular UMA handsets and UMA hardware that sits in the network. For T-Mobile’s launch we heard that the carrier is using Alcatel for its UMA network hardware, so we’re thinking Nokia is just sticking to a handset for the launch. If T-Mobile’s UMA launch is successful, perhaps it could help Nokia regain its lead in the U.S., which the WSJ points out slipped behind Motorola in 2004.

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