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.
Microsoft formally unveiled its new Windows Phone 8 software, demonstrating several new features, and also emphasized the carrier support the platform is receiving from AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and, perhaps most importantly, Verizon Wireless.
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.