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Windows Phone and RT license fees may range from $25 to $90

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Windows Phone and RT license fees may range from $25 to $90
There has been chatter recently about the license fees for Microsoft's mobile platforms. Although, most of the rumors recently have been about how Microsoft is considering removing licensing fees, or offering a free version of the platforms to manufacturers in order to better compete with Android. That's an interesting idea, but we didn't really know what the license fees were for Windows Phone and RT, which made the story a bit less impactful.

A new report is giving those numbers, and they are enlightening to say the least. MyNokiaBlog is claiming that sources say that current license fees are $25 for Windows Phone, and as much as $90 for a Windows RT license. Given that Android is free (and is the market leader), it makes sense that manufacturers have been opting for Android for smartphones; but, if it is true that the Windows RT license is $90, we fully understand why manufacturers have been so reluctant to adopt that platform. 

The general theory is that Windows RT has been a failure on the app ecosystem, but that is a tricky circle. Android had a dearth of apps for a while until it had a proven user base, then the developers came around. Windows RT was stuck in the spot where there was very little hardware available to attract users, and no apps either. That's a bad spot for a platform to be in. Nokia adding the Lumia 2520 to the market is helpful, but more manufacturers on board would help, and dropping that license fee would go a long way to making that happen. 

source: MyNokiaBlog via WMPU

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posted on 17 Dec 2013, 22:30 2

1. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2726; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Please excuse my lack of knowledge here, but are these numbers per device sold? If so, I am absolutely astounded that any OEM is making mobile Windows devices because that would be just ridiculous. If not, what is it?

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 02:10 1

9. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Yes the price is per unit sold. This is part of the reason that no manfacturer (Other than Nokia who is now being bought out by Microsoft) Has gone all in with building windows products. Theres just no money to be made on it like there is on Android.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 05:40

14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2726; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Thanks for the clarification. That's just nuts. Even at the low end of $25, that would be seriously cutting into profits. I see why most OEMs don't make WP devices.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 22:32 5

2. mittalmailbox (Posts: 44; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


We can get a decent Android in $90

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 23:08 2

5. taikucing (unregistered)


Yeah right. we can even get 2 Aakash tablets

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 02:13 2

10. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


"we can even get 2 Aakash tablets"

AND still have money left over for accesories for both of them

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 22:35

3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I thought the fees were speculated to disappear for these two products.. Oh well. Quality, and intuitiveness cost time and money..

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 22:43 2

4. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I think its wrong.

Microsoft clearly mentioned when they purchased Nokia that the amount they are getting for each device is $10.

If RT license is $90 then how could full Windows 8 devices available for $250?

Price for OEMs will be much lesser than retail prices.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 02:27 1

11. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Just a speculation here, but do you maybe thank that the $10 per device that Microsoft is claiming to have received from Nokia could have been one of the reasons Nokia moved towards Windows soo strongly? Could Microsoft have given Nokia a "special" deal on the licensing price over other manufactures in order to draw Nokia in closer to them and away from producing products that ran another OS?

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 23:08 4

6. taikucing (unregistered)


OVERPRICED for sh*tty OS

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 23:12 2

7. taikucing (unregistered)


and slow updates (thanks to fat lazy devs)

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 01:03 3

8. noteseries (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


while android for free.....

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 05:36

12. KiranPAUSER (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


License is the only source of income for ms. Without that ms engineer will be unpaid.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 05:39

13. KiranPAUSER (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


Which google's source of income is from ad revenue. That the reason google can virtually give all their software for free. Very simple:-)

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