Nokia to sell its phone operation to Microsoft says Murtazin; er, no, says Nokia

Nokia to sell its phone operation to Microsoft says Murtazin; er, no, says NokiaHe's at it again. By “he” we mean Eldar Murtazin, and by “it” we mean making wild predictions about Nokia.

This time the self-proclaimed mobile insider reckons Microsoft is lining up to buy out its new mobile partner's phone business altogether, a rumour Nokia has quickly moved to dismiss.

The latest musing from Murtazin comes to us via Unwired View, which helpfully translated from the original Russian: “Next week Nokia will start the negotiations about the sale of its phone unit to Microsoft.

“For now the results of the negotiations won't be public, but the deal might close before the end of 2011. Both companies are in a big hurry.”

It's a rumour that's been around before, though as usual Murtazin doesn't reveal his sources.

However, Nokia UK PR Mark Squires has quickly moved to dismiss the allegations, revealing via Twitter: “We typically don't comment on rumours. But we have to say that Eldar's rumours are getting obviously less accurate with every passing moment.”

Couldn't have put it better ourselves.

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