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Ericsson bid edges Qualcomm chips for low-price Nokia Windows Phones

Devices running Windows Phone 7 are on display, a new mobile phone operating system as Microsoft seeks to regain ground lost to the iPhone, Blackberry and devices powered by Google's Android software, during an event in New York, October 11, 2010.

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ST-Ericsson won a deal to supply chipsets for future Windows Phones of Nokia , breaking the monopoly Qualcomm has had for Microsoft's mobile platform.

ST-Ericsson said on Wednesday its technology would enable Nokia to extend Windows Phone devices to new price points and geographies.

The news sent shares in STMicro more than 4 per cent higher, and Ericsson shares were up 2 per cent.

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So far Windows Phones have addressed only the most expensive part of the smart-phone market, limiting the potential audience, but Nokia has said it would seek to offer cheaper models soon.

Nokia, the world's largest cellphone vendor, last week unveiled its first two smart-phone models using Microsoft software.

ST-Ericsson, which has never made a quarterly profit, has been cutting costs since it was formed in 2009 as new products are yet to compensate for declining sales of older chipsets.

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