Nokia Gains Market Share, Grows Content Business

nokia_comes_with_music_lowres.jpgMaybe this whole Ovi thing will work out for Nokia. FierceMobileContent is reporting that Helsinki-based Nokia surprised analysts yesterday with better-than-expected second-quarter earnings:

“In the U.S. market, where Nokia has been weak, the firm saw significant improvement thanks to two handsets, one that is offered by T-Mobile USA and another by AT&T. Nokia executives expect this to improve even more as the company has had its first CDMA handset approved by Verizon Wireless for use on its network.”

That CDMA handset is a long time coming for Nokia. The handset manufacturer said that with the additional support of Sony BMG, Nokia now has three of the top music labels signed on for Comes with Music, which gives the service access to 80 percent of the available major label music catalog, according to the report. Its N-Gage mobile games service had 406,000 downloads for its first quarter, while the Nokia Music Store is now available in 10 markets.