A Nokia spokesman has told ITWorld that the Finnish company is planning to release a Windows Phone Â handset for the Chinese market in the first half of 2012.
The announcement is significant, given that the Chinese market will likely require customizations for the region, including changes to Marketplace to comply with the Chinese Government requirements.
ZTE is also planning a Chinese release for a Windows Phone 7 handset, but this will only come in Q3 2012.
Nokia has a 28% market share in China, and if the product is accepted there it may significantly boost Windows Phone 7 shipments.
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