"New" line by "new" design team?
A site mentioned that this was not actually manufactured by Nokia: is this just continuing in the vein of the Pantech-made phones (6305i and 6315i) on Verizon? Sources, info, anyone?
The 2135 was designed by Nokia. You can expect it to work and perform more like a Nokia.
Nokia didn't actually manufacture it, but technically they outsource manufacturing for all kinds of phones. Apple doesn't actually manufacture the iPhone, either, and Palm certainly doesn't manufacture Treos. What's important is who designs and engineers it, and Nokia designed the 2135.
Nokia didn't have any team at all to design CDMA phones when the 6305, 6215 and 6315 were being planned. That's why they had to outsource it.
Now they have a ...