NEW YORK (AP) ó Verizon Wireless, the largest cellphone carrier in the U.S., said it will sell a Nokia phone for the first time in years, lending support to the embattled Finnish companyís turnaround effort.

Verizon says it will sell the Lumia 822, an exclusive model thatís part of Nokiaís lineup of smartphones based on Microsoftís Windows software. Verizon didnít provide the launch date or price. Verizon rivals AT&T and T-Mobile USA started selling Lumia phones earlier this year.

Even though it was, until recently, the worldís largest maker of phones, Nokia has been largely absent from the U.S. market for many years. Its early smartphones never caught on in the country, and it was virtually shut out once the iPhone launched in 2007.

Verizon to sell Nokia phone