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China Telecom and Nokia have partnered up to bring the first ever Windows Phone to China. The phone, a CDMA variant of Nokia's popular Lumia 800, is set to hit stores in April and be available in sleek black and poppin' cyan. But that's not the end of the Finnish giant's plans; a CDMA version of the Lumia 610 is also in the works and slated for release in Q2 2012. Nokia already has a strong foothold in the country, seeing as 250 million people already own a Nokia phone and China Telecom operates the world's largest CDMA network. Match made in heaven? Perhaps.

Wang Xiaochu, Chairman of China Telecom, and Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, announced the first CDMA Windows Phone in China at an event in Beijing today. The phone hits stores next month.

Many Lumia-exclusive apps are on the  way to China also, most notably Nokia Maps (3D maps of China and cool content from food and travel sites embedded), Nokia Drive (turn-by-turn nav app), and Nokia Music. The latter is offering free music for twelve months in mainland China. Nokia 800C owners will also be able to access media and hit social networking sites from China, including SOHU, Sina, Tencent, and Renren.   

To help boost sales and celebrate the first Windows Phone in the country, Nokia is offering 100,000 free downloads of the massively popular Fruit Ninja and Plants vs Zombiesgames through the Windows Phone Marketplace in China. 

Developers might see a rise in app sales with the potential of millions of new customers ready to get on board.


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