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Nokia and Qualcomm on Tuesday announced a joint effort to ramp up the availability of Symbian OS S60 smartphones in North America, by developing new phones for UMTS networks, the kind used by AT&T and T-Mobile.

Symbian OS, the world’s most-used smartphone operating system, is little-known in the U.S. While devices like Nokia’s E71 and N95 have won many awards, they can’t be bought for subsidized prices.

Qualcomm’s involvement may change that, says PC Magazine.

The announcement is also a symbolic burying of the hatchet between Nokia and Qualcomm. In July, the two companies signed a licensing agreement ending a year-long patent fight.

The new Nokia phones will run on Qualcomm’s MSM7xxx and MSM8xxx chipsets, currently found in devices like Sprint’s HTC Touch Diamond.

The first fruits of the partnership will come in mid-2010, according to a press release, and the smartphones will run the future Symbian Foundation platform, the “open” evolution of S60.

Nokia has also selected Broadcom chipsets for 3G phones. The two parties will cooperate on technology, including Nokia modem technology. Broadcom is one of the world’s largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2008 revenue of $4.66 billion. Broadcom also said today that its combined Bluetooth and FM radio combo chip is featured in Samsung’s YP-P3 MP3 player.

In other couplings, LG announced a tie-up with Microsoft which will result in up to 50 Windows phones coming from LG in the next three years. LG Electronics says their LG-GM730 smartphone will provide LG’s S-Class User Interface, built-around a 3D cube layout.

LG Electronics and Intel also laid out plans to collaborate on a new range of MIDs with high-end smart phone “functionality” based on the chip maker’s Atom-based hardware platform code-named Moorestown. Intel says their “Moorestown”-based MIDs will reduce idle power consumption by a factor of 10, versus today’s Atom-based MIDs.

Moorestown platforms will support 3G, WiMAX, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and mobile TV. The LG device is expected to be one of the first Moorestown designs to market, sometime in 2010.

LG is also demonstrating the first data card based on LTE. LG’s data card will use LG’s own modem chip solution and will connect to 3 different devices; a laptop, a netbook and a prototype mobile internet device (MID).

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega used his Mobile World Congress keynote speech to plead industry leaders for a common set of applications and application programming interfaces. De la Vega’s comments were notable in that AT&T is the exclusive U.S. carrier of the Apple’s iPhone, a device that runs applications incompatible with the rest of AT&T’s cellphone portfolio, notes RCR Wireless News.

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