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


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.

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  • mogando
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    This is tragic.... Didn't China Unicom recently announce they'll sell Android phones at USD ~$158 unlocked ? If at least 10% of the revenue goes to royalty alone (ignoring production, distribution, marketing...), how can they make ANY money ?
    19 Jan 2012, 09:33 AM Reply Like
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