Nokia to stop making CDMA phones

Handset leader Nokia would stop making phones using the CDMA standard and had scrapped plans to produce them with Japan's Sanyo, according to a Reuters report.

The report said Nokia would pull out of CDMA phone manufacturing, which it saw as a shrinking market in the longer term.

It would continue to offer Nokia-branded CDMA handsets, made by contract manufacturers, in North America where the standard was popular, the report said.

Though Nokia held the No. 1 spot in global handset sales, built on its strength in GSM which it helped to invent, the Finnish company had trailed in CDMA, the report said.

It had tried to avoid using chips by Qualcomm, but could not avoid paying significant technology licensing fees to the US-based firm, which held most patents to the CDMA technology, the report said.