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Verizon, Sprint Nextel reportedly in talks with Google

AP , NEW YORK

Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp are in "advanced talks" with Google Inc about carrying a cellphone powered by the Web company's software, according to a published report.

The Wall Street Journal's online edition cited unnamed sources in reporting the talks on Tuesday.

The paper said Google is expected to announce within two weeks a set of software and services that cellphone makers could use. The software would likely allow third parties to add applications, and it would probably be able to take advantage of Google's advertising network.

Deals with Verizon Wireless and Sprint, the country's second and third-largest carriers, would give Google a wide platform for its software.

Google already has "significant traction" with the fourth largest US carrier, T-Mobile USA, the Journal reported.

Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Google said they had no comment on the report. Calls to Sprint after office hours were not returned.

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