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Symbian handsets will soon be pulled from US shelves, Nokia says

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(Read caption) Symbian, long Nokia's mobile operating system of choice, will soon be replaced by the Windows Phone 7 OS. Here, a user holds a phone running Symbian.

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Symbian is being nudged offstage by the US arm of Nokia, which is preparing to put its full weight behind the Windows Phone 7 OS. In an interview this week with All Things D, Nokia Inc. President Chris Weber said his company would no longer sell Symbian-based phones in the Canada and the US, making way for the arrival of the first fruits of the Nokia and Microsoft partnership. (More on that partnership here.)

"When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc.," Chris Weber told Ina Fried of All Things D. "It will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do (elsewhere)." Nokia, of course, has always been an extremely popular brand worldwide, although it has struggled to get a foothold in the US market.


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