Earlier this week, a report from Bloomberg suggested Microsoft may slash the licensing fees for Windows 8.1 to as low as 70 percent for makers of low-cost computers and tablets, in order too boost the sales of the Windows-based devices.
Well, it seems it’s not just Windows, but Windows Phone licensing fees may see a drop as well in the near future. This, if true, should attract more OEMs to create Windows Phone powered devices.
Infosonics CEO Joseph Ram dropped the information to PCMag at the Mobile World Congress. Ram said, “”We’re hearing Microsoft will drop the license fee quite a bit, as far as 70 percent, which will make their product more competitive in terms of price.”
There’s no word about how much Microsoft charges in terms of licensing fees for Windows Phone, but ZTE mentioned it’s around $23-30 back in 2012.
Microsoft recently announced nine new Windows Phone partners, and by slashing the license fees by as high as 70 percent, many OEMs may jump in the Windows Phone bandwagon and release more, budget-friendly handsets. Nokia already has the Lumia 520, which has taken several awards since its launch, but things could get more competitive if this turns out to be true.
Microsoft has yet to comment on this news, but it could be true. We’ll update you as soon as we hear anything else about this news.
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