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

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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14 Comments

1. g2a5b0e unregistered

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?

9. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

2. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

We can get a decent Android in $90

5. taikucing unregistered

Yeah right. we can even get 2 Aakash tablets

10. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

"we can even get 2 Aakash tablets" AND still have money left over for accesories for both of them

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

4. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 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.

11. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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?

6. taikucing unregistered

OVERPRICED for sh*tty OS

7. taikucing unregistered

and slow updates (thanks to fat lazy devs)

8. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

while android for free.....

12. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

13. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 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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