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A mobile industry observer has posted on Twitter just hours ago, claiming that Microsoft and Nokia executives are about to meet shortly to discuss the possibility of selling the Finnish phone maker’s smartphone division, as well as “one or two” of Nokia’s manufacturing plants. Eldar Murtazin claims that the deal could be finalized in the second half of 2012, leaving Nokia with just its “dumbphone” business, mapping services subsidiary Navteq, and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Murtazin also elaborates that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will resign within the year, possibly returning to Microsoft where he used to run the Business Division. Furthermore, these Nokia-made, Windows Phone-powered smartphones would no longer be branded as “Nokia.”

On a final note, Murtazin says the decision is entirely Microsoft’s to make at this point.

While reaction over these claims have been quite hostile, even accusing Murtazin as a paid hack, it is interesting to note that Helsinki Times reports that Nokia’s Board of Directors is expected to propose Risto Siilasmaa as its next Chairman.

Source: Twitter, via TechCrunch

 
 

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