One pervasive rumor that’s been hanging over Windows Phone for the past couple months has claimed that Microsoft – in an effort to prevent the platform from being a one-man Nokia show – is interested in paying other OEMs to release new Windows Phone hardware. Despite the ability of those rumors to stick around, they’ve been sorely wanting for details. This week we gain some possible insight, with some new claims suggesting just what Microsoft’s willing to pay to attract the interest of these other players.
According to Eldar Murtazin (make of that what you will) Samsung is getting $1.2B (maybe for that 1080p SM-W750V we’ve seen waiting in the wings), Sony would get $500M (and we’ve heard the company confirm that it’s at least talking about WP8), Huawei would get $600M, and one or more unnamed manufacturers could also be getting another $300M.
We don’t know if those figures mean cash, or some kind of equivalent compensation from Microsoft, but those are some big numbers. Are they too large to be believed, though? It sure seems like a lot of Windows Phone fans don’t mind a Nokia-dominated landscape, so why pour so much money into stirring up just a little competition – those payouts, we should mention, are all supposedly for the production of a single WP8 handset each.