Microsoft to pay $2 billion to get Windows Phones out there?

Posted on Thursday, Jan 16 2014 @ 12:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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VR Zone picked up a rumor that Microsoft is going to pay big bucks to seed the market with Windows Phone devices. The move seems a massive gamble for Microsoft, if Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin is correct, the software giant will pay $1.2 billion to Samsung, $500 million to Sony and $600 million to Huawei to launch just a single Windows Phone this year.
As rumors go, this one is incredulous: Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin tweeted yesterday that Microsoft will pay Samsung, Sony and Huawei to launch one Windows Phone handset in 2014.

For Microsoft, these handsets come at a hefty price. Samsung is set to receive $1.2 billion, Sony $500 million and Huawei $600 million. The money is for designing and launching one Windows Phone handset this year. This cash influx would be a huge incentive for manufacturers like Sony and Huawei to launch Windows Phone handsets.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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