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Windows Phone 8 trio hitting Verizon for the holidays

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled three devices to arrive at Verizon in November and December -- the HTC 8X, Nokia Lumia 822, and Samsung ATIV Odyssey.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveils a slew of Windows Phones for the holiday season during an event today. James Martin/CNET

Microsoft is getting a little cozier with Verizon, saying the nation's biggest carrier will offer three Windows Phone 8 devices for the coming holiday season.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking during an event today, said Verizon will be offering the Nokia Lumia 822, and that the 8X by HTC will ship by Thanksgiving. Verizon also will offer the Samsung ATIV Odyssey in December.

The 8X will retail at $199 for 16 GB, while the Lumia 822 will sell for $99.

Meanwhile, AT&T will be selling the Lumia 820, Lumia 920, and Windows Phone 8X, while T-Mobile will offer the Lumia 810 and HTC 8X. All devices will be available in November.

Microsoft is counting on the latest version of its mobile operating system to help it better compete with Google's Android software and Apple's iOS. The latter two systems largely dominate the mobile market; Windows Phone has been vying with BlackBerry to be a distant third.

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