Nokia to become virtual network for Vertu
New biz model for luxury phone wing
Nokia will this month announce its intention to launch a network services division in 2009, it has been claimed.
Japanese-language website Yomiuri Shimbun has reported that the Finnish phone giant will initially launch the service in Japan during February 2009.
The country currently has three main network providers: NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank. Nokia’s expected to rent wireless communication networks from DoCoMo, the paper alleged.
However, Nokia network connections may initally be restricted to Vertu phones - Nokia’s luxury handset arm.