Though Nokia's (NOK) Steven Elop says he's unaware of any Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone plans, The...

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Though Nokia's (NOK) Steven Elop says he's unaware of any Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone plans, The Verge is joining BGR in fanning the rumor mill. "Multiple insiders" claim Microsoft doesn't plan to announce a Surface smartphone this year, but likely views it as a "Plan B" if pending Windows Phone 8 launches (I, II) don't go well. When asked about the rumors, a Microsoft spokesperson responded with PR-speak about support for hardware partners.