Interpublic Group of Cos.' McCann-Erickson,
Richards Group was incumbent
Nokia, which had its account with independent Richards Group, Dallas, began contacting agencies in November.
Final presentations are scheduled for the next two weeks. A Nokia spokesman and other company executives did not return phone calls for comment by press time.
The Finnish marketer controls 35% of the global handset market, but faces stiff competition as rivals Motorola, Samsung Electronics Co. and Siemens increased market share.
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Claire Atkinson contributed to this report.