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Nokia announced today its new CDMA-enabled Lumia 822 smartphone, would be carried by the biggest US operator, Verizon Wireless.

While the struggling Finnish handset giant has offered CDMA versions of its Windows Phone devices for China Telecom, the company’s US efforts have been focused on its WCDMA-family products for AT&T and T-Mobile USA, including the Lumina 820 and Lumina 920.

The announcement came ahead of the Windows Phone 8 press event today.

The Lumia 822 will support Verizon Wireless’ LTE network and, according to Nokia’s US website, will be a “world phone” with GSM/WCDMA support alongside CDMA. It will have a 4.3-inch screen, 8-megapixel camera, and be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor.

The Lumia 822 is comparable with the Lumia 820, with the ability to use Verizon’s LTE network. AT&T is set to offer the Lumia 820 and its more feature-rich Lumia 920 sibling, next month.

Verizon’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices also may include HTC’s 8X and Samsung’s ATIV S.

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