China's ZTE (ZTCOY.PK), which became the world's #4 phone manufacturer in Q3, says it pays a...

|By:, SA News Editor

China's ZTE (ZTCOY.PK), which became the world's #4 phone manufacturer in Q3, says it pays a license fee of £15-£20 ($23-$31) to Microsoft (MSFT) for each Windows Phone device it ships. Assuming other licensees pay a similar amount, the remarks go a long way towards explaining Microsoft's obsession with collecting a large royalty on every Android shipment, given Android is provided by Google (GOOG) for free.