Microsoft to make Windows Phone free for Indian partners

Microsoft intends on making its Windows Phone platform free for its Indian partners (read as Xolo and Karbonn) in order to bring affordable smartphones to the market. Microsoft usually charges between $5-$15 as license free and has even charged Nokia a fee between $20-$30 for licensing its operating system.

Nokia Lumia 525

Google’s Android operating system is free for OEMs and that has been one of the primary reasons for the manufacturers to go in for it and bring low cost devices to the market. Once Microsoft waives off its fee for its Indian partners who have brought some really value for money smartphones to us, we can surely expect a lot more Windows Phone at lower price points.

This is a part of the company’s strategy and will be exclusive only to its Indian partners for the time being. Let us see if Micrósoft teams up with more Indian brands like Micromax in an attempt to launch more and more budget smartphones.

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March 15, 2014 6:19 pm 6:19 PM
Off topic *Nokia X sees as much as 1 million/10lac pre-orders in China alone. *What must be taken into notice is that the Nokia X runs on a forked version of Android and is generally not desired by many.So if the software is not good,its definitely the hardware which has compelled people to buy the Nokia X and is a clear indication of how strong and popular the demand for Nokia hardware is even today. *The spoiler however is that Nokias X line is not gonna last longer and would be mostly discontinued once microsoft takes over Nokia. *This is… Read more »
Vineet Singh
March 15, 2014 12:54 am 12:54 AM

Waiting for dual sim Windows Phone from HTC or Nokia.

March 14, 2014 7:21 pm 7:21 PM

lumia 520 already available for 7k approx and it was available for 6.5k approx few months back.

March 14, 2014 7:47 pm 7:47 PM

*Ok fine then you could remove 1.5 from 6.5k and the same lumia 520 would become 5K,lower is better right.