While we all know Nokia is aiming to release their first Windows Phone 7 handset before the end of the year, according to unwiredview.com Nokia may be a lot more confident with suppliers and distributors behind closed doors.
Apparently Steven Elop has been telling Russiaâ€™s second largest mobile phone retailer â€œSviaznojâ€ that they expect to have Windows Phone 7 handsets powered by Nokia before the end of the year, with its boss saying:
â€œWe are the key Nokia partner in Russia. Thanksâ€™ to the cooperation agreements on the â€œshop-in-shopâ€ format, all the newest models show up at Sviaznoj earlier then in competing outletsâ€¦. We expect that the first Windows Mobile based Nokia smartphone will show up in our stores before the end of 2011â€
Stephen Elop was in Russia arranging deals to increase the retail exposure of their handsets in there, one of their strongest regions.
To have Windows Phone 7 handsets on sale in Russia by yearâ€™s end would also require that Microsoft complete Mango well before this, as Windows Phone 7 at present does not support Cyrillic.