Microsoft reportedly enticing manufacturers with $2.6 billion to make Windows Phone handsets – Samsung reportedly getting $1.2 billion of the $2.6 billion

January 16 | Posted by nadine | OS News Tags: , , , , ,

Microsoft is reportedly enticing manufacturers to make Windows Phone handsets with a total of $2.6 billion, with Samsung getting a larger chunk of the money than others. The Korean tech giant is reportedly getting $1.2 billion, Sony $500 million, Huawei $600 million, and the others will get a total of $300 million.05_windows-phone-money

The news comes from infamous Nokia insider Eldar Murtazin. He tweeted, “Windows phone 8 in 2014 – Samsung 1.2 bln USD, Sony 0.5 bln, Huawei 0.6 bln, others – 0.3 bln. Thats “support” from MS to develop one (1!)hs.”

So why is Microsoft giving this much money? According to PhoneArena, “It is not exactly clear what Microsoft will be giving the money for, but part of it might come in the form of waved licensing fees for Windows Phone, which can be $15-$25 per device, so phone makers will be able to get Redmond’s mobile OS for free, just like they do with Android. Microsoft could also support them with development costs and marketing efforts, to name a few. In any case, it’s clear that this year we’ll witness a significant push on the Windows Phone front, and Nokia might be only part of the equation this time.”

Makes sense, don’t you think?

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