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First CDMA Windows Phone Launched In China

The first CDMA Windows Phone in China was released by China Telecom and Nokia today. The Nokia 800C is also Nokia's first Lumia phone for China, the world's largest smartphone market. The phone offers a service tailored to people in China on the China Telecom 3G network.

"We're excited to introduce our first Lumia smartphone, the Nokia 800C, to this important market with our exclusive launch partner, China Telecom," said Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia. "Working closely together, we've created a compelling, locally relevant experience on the Nokia 800C especially tailored for people in China."

The chairman of China Telecom, Wang Xiachu, also celebrated the occasion by saying: "This grand launch for China's first CDMA Windows Phone represents our optimism and excitement for the future of Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia in China."

The Nokia 800C features a 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and a separate graphics processor. It also sports an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback and 16GB of internal memory.

The Be Top programme was also announced by Nokia and Microsoft which aims to encourage and support new and existing developers in creating apps for the Windows Phone, for people specifically in China.