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.
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.