Microsoft charges Windows Phone manufacturers a license fee for each Windows Phone device they sell, although according to a recent report, Microsoft is offering the is free to certain manufacturers.
The news comes from a report from the Times of India, who have said that Microsoft is offering Windows Phone free to two handset manufacturers in India.
Microsoft is apparently doing this to boost sales of Windows Phone devices in India, although the company has not confirmed that certain manufacturers are getting their mobile OS for free.
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft offers a similar deal to other smartphone makers, and whether they expand this offer to handset makers outside of India.
Google’s Android OS is completely free to smartphone makers, which means that they can make more profit from each device they sell.
If Microsoft decides to make Windows Phone free to all of their manufacturing partners, then this could possibly help boost sales of Windows Phone device, and also encourage manufacturers to release more Windows Phone handsets.
Source The Verge
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