X-bit Labs writes Microsoft and Nokia may soon unveil a deal to include Zune functionality into certain Nokia phones in an attempt to compete against the iPhone.
Citing “a well placed source within Microsoft”, Zunescene web-site reported that Nokia is currently working with the Zune team on integration of Zune Marketplace content delivery system into certain handset or handsets. If the information is correct, owners of Nokia phones will be able to get content both from Nokia and Microsoft, which means broader range of accessible music tracks, videos, etc.
There is no secret that Microsoft also plans to integrate certain Zune functionality into its Windows Mobile platform, hence, the deal with Nokia does not seem to be exclusive and it is highly likely that Zune Marketplace will be available on phones and smartphones by other makers as well.
There is no information whether Microsoft and Nokia are working together on an actual Zune handset.