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ZTE Pays Microsoft £15-£20 Per Phone

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Windows Phone 7 licencing

A ZTE executive has revealed to TrustedReviews that it costs between £15 and £20 for the company to license Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft.

At the UK launch of the ZTE Tania in London, Portfolio Manager for ZTE UK, Santiago Sierra revealed that one of the reasons Windows Phone 7 handsets from the Chinese manufacturer would be more expensive was down to the amount it cost to license the OS from Microsoft placing that amount at somewhere between £15 and £20.

Windows Phone 7 licencing

In comparison, the open source Android OS costs nothing to put on smartphones or tablets. Indeed, Microsoft is thought to be collecting patent licensing fees from up to 50 per cent of Android handsets including those made by three of the biggest manufacturers in the world, Samsung, LG and HTC.

This is the first time that an approximate figure for the licensing of the Windows Phone OS has been revealed by a manufacturer and goes some way to explaining why manufacturers like ZTE are unable to release more budget-friendly handsets running WP7.

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January 19, 2012, 6:37 pm

"...the open source Android OS costs nothing to put on smartphones or tablets..."

Really? The core OS is open source, but apps like Gmail, Google Maps and Marketplace require a manufacturer's fee to Google don't they? Isn't that why the Kindle Fire uses Android but all those apps are missing because they don't have to pay Google anything?


January 19, 2012, 7:26 pm

The sentence you highlight does specifically state "Android OS" .. apps are a different thing, ok?


January 20, 2012, 11:28 am

The apps are closed source, but they are free. Kindle Fire is subsidized tablet that Amazon "hopes" would make up for the manufacturing cost and profits by people purchasing stuff from Amazon. That is why they chose to exclude the google apps.

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