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December 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Microsoft to work with China Unicom on boosting Windows Phone sales

More news on the Windows Phone in China front.

Earlier this week, Nokia announced that it had reached a deal with China Mobile, the country’s largest wireless carrier — to sell the Lumia 920T there.

Now comes news that Microsoft and China Unicom — a competitor to China Mobile — will be working together in the hopes of developing more innovative Windows Phone devices and to attract more partners, according to China Daily.

Windows Phone currently holds less than 3 percent market share in China, while Android handsets hold 72 percent, according to the China Daily article, which cites Beijing-based research company Analysys International.

“China is the No. 1 market worldwide in terms of PC, tablet, mobile and Internet users. It is a very exciting place,” Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said at a China Unicom event in Beijing Thursday. “We believe there is a great opportunity across the country to provide new business models to partners, new technologies to developers and best services to customers.”

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