Microsoft has waived Windows Phone licence fees for two manufacturers, suggesting it could be ready to ditch charges altogether in a bid to improve sales of its third-placed mobile operating system.
Indian mobile-makers Karbonn and Lava are believed to have signed up to make Windows Phones with the express condition that they don’t need to pay Microsoft for the privilege.
Sources speaking with The Times of India claimed the manufacturers had previously been hesitant about using Windows Phone because of the cost.
Until now, Microsoft has charged manufacturers a hefty amount for the privilege of using its mobile OS.
Nokia is believed to pay Redmond up to $30 (£18) per Lumia device, although that will change once Microsoft completes its takeover of the Finnish firm.
While Microsoft declined to comment, numerous Indian industry execs said the move was a no-brainer.
Without making Windows Phone free, there was no way Microsoft would be able to compete with Google Android, they suggested.
The question now is, with Indian manufacturing partners getting something for nothing, will larger firms like Samsung and HTC demand the same?