- Mobile-Review.com's Eldar Murtazin, who has provided some accurate Windows Phone scoops before, reports Microsoft (MSFT) will be making $2.6B in "support" payments (likely including marketing spend) to OEM partners in 2014 to compel them to make one Windows Phone apiece.
- Samsung (SSNLF, SSNLF) is said to be receiving $1.2B, Sony (SNE) $500M, Huawei $600M, and other firms $300M.
- If the report is accurate, it suggests Microsoft's Windows Phone investments could more than negate the considerable Android royalties it stands to receive this year.
- It comes just as evidence appears Samsung is prepping a Windows Phone with a 5" 1080p display. The phone's inclusion of a 3G EV-DO radio (to go with a 4G LTE radio) suggests it could be sold by Verizon and/or Sprint.
- Sony recently confirmed it's talking with Microsoft about making a Windows Phone. With Nokia's soon-to-be-acquired phone unit accounting for the lion's share of WP sales, Microsoft has made expanding OEM support a priority.
- Update: A Microsoft exec denies the report.
Microsoft reportedly paying OEMs $2.6B in 2014 to make Windows Phones
Jan 15 2014, 17:41 ET