Nokia and Qualcomm have announced that the two companies are planning to work together to develop "advanced" UMTS mobile devices, initially for North America.

The companies say the devices will be based on S60 software on Symbian OS, and will use Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem chipsets for "cutting-edge processing performance and ubiquitous mobile broadband capabilities".

The first mobile devices based on this collaboration are expected to launch in mid-2010 and be compatible with the forthcoming Symbian Foundation platform.

"Nokia is very pleased to be in discussions with Qualcomm around designing mobile devices that can benefit from the high level of integration found on MSM chipsets", said Kai Oistamo, executive vice president, Devices, Nokia.

"We are eager to demonstrate to the industry the possibilities that exist when innovative and open software is combined with advanced hardware solutions".