In a bid to attract more consumers, Microsoft has reportedly waived Windows Phone licensing fee for some mobile phone companies. The report published by Times of India claims that Microsoft has offered the olive branch to Indian mobile phone companies like Lava and Karbonn and these manufacturers won’t have to pay a single penny to Microsoft for developing a Windows Phone device.
This is an interesting development because Microsoft has always relied on licensing model and even charges Nokia that exclusively makes Windows Phone devices.
“For our planned Windows Phone handsets, we are not paying Microsoft a licence fee. The company is obviously exploring new models for Windows Phone. It must have realized that the older model where it licensed the OS did not work out well, even with Nokia’s support.”
The report does not mention when the first handsets by the Indian OEMs will arrive but given how these companies have bombarded the smartphone market with their affordable Android handsets, we can expect the same thing for Windows Phone.