MANHASSET, N.Y. Nokia has struck a deal with a Korean manufacturer to develop 3G 1xEV-DO phones instead of building their own, several Asian news sources reported this week.
Nokia has signed a memorandum of understanding for the phones with the phone manufacturing arm of Korea's SK Telecom, according to Asia Pulse and other press reports. An SK Telecom official was reported as saying that the two companies are in discussions to create a formal deal.
"It is expected to take a considerable time to seal the formal deal since both sides have yet to iron out differences," an SK Telecom executive was quoted as saying.
Nokia has long had 3G UMTS phones on the market. That 3G standard is based on GSM while 1xEV-DO is based on CDMA technology is most popular in the U.S. and portions of Asia.