Jump to navigation
Windows Phone 8 start screen handsets generic

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?


Times of India

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Joseph Iezzi 6 hours ago More wearables coming from... What a mess. Bought a 360 for my Daughter for Christmas. It did not work. Sent it back and got notice that...
  • Robertkoa 13 hours ago LG G4 leaks, has bigger camera... I am a big fan of increasing Sensor size on Flagships and Pro Phones( a new Class I am advocating which is...
  • Kachmos 14 hours ago Android Auto rollout begins Such a very ideal application for individual who own a vehicle because this application will give some car...

Search news