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U.S. launch of Nokia X7 smart phone canceled, sources say

Nokia-x7-leak Nokia Corp. called off plans to launch its X7 smart phone in the U.S. because of a lack of support from AT&T Inc., sources told the Wall Street Journal.

The Finnish mobile phone company was supposed to offer the phone exclusively through the AT&T network starting next month, according to the report, which quoted people familiar with the situation.

But Nokia, which still plans to sell the X7 in other countries, sensed that AT&T wouldn’t back the U.S. launch with “enough marketing and subsidies support,” the people said.

That leaves Nokia in a bit of a jam. The company’s products are trailing competitors such as the Apple Inc. iPhone, the Research in Motion BlackBerry and Google Inc.'s Android devices.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has said that Nokia has an “image problem.” Nokia, meanwhile, has filed lawsuits against Apple alleging that the tech giant has infringed on dozens of Nokia’s patents.


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-- Tiffany Hsu

Photo: Nokia X7. Credit: Ubergizmo

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