Verizon and AT&T testing a Nokia LTE Windows Phone

CNET is reporting US carriers AT&T and Verizon are testing a LTE version of the Nokia Lumia 800.

We reported earlier that Nokia is set to release the Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T and Verizon, which, while it will resemble the Lumia 800, will feature a much bigger 4.3 inch screen and some other changes.  It may be that this new story was shaken loose by that rumour.

CNET notes the lack of LTE support has been seen as a critical issue for the U.S. carriers, which are increasingly focusing on 4G devices and services. Verizon had earlier said LTE was critical for a Windows Phone on their network.

Support for the technology is expected in Windows Phone Tango with Nokia’s new handset expected to run the OS update also.

AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney, and Nokia spokesman Keith Nowak all declined to comment.

Read more of our coverage on LTE and Windows Phone here.

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