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Apple’s Dominance Has Carriers Cheering Nokia Windows Phone

AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, facing concerns that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have too tight a grip on the market for smartphone software, are cozying up to Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Oyj.

When they reported quarterly results this month, both carriers praised Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, which runs the new Nokia Lumia phone. AT&T began offering the Lumia 900 for $99.99 on April 8, and Verizon is preparing to add a new Nokia model to its lineup soon. AT&T declined to give sales figures for its device.