Windows Phone 8 smartphones will likely have plenty of competition from a new iPhone and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based devices, so Nokia is reportedly considering a new strategy to drum up excitement for its upcoming Windows-based smartphones.
the Financial Times
, Nokia is negotiating with European operators to offer an exclusive opportunity to carry Nokia-branded, Windows Phone 8-based devices.
What that means is that rather than offering up its device to as many carriers as possible, Nokia will take a more Apple-esque approach and cozy up to one or two carriers.
Companies already in talks with Nokia include France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, the Financial Times
reported Sunday. No final deals have been made.
Nokia spokesman Keith Nowak declined to comment on the rumor, saying only that the company has an "ongoing dialog" with its operator customers around the world. However, he said, those discussions remain confidential.