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[BGR] MS paid more than $1 billion to keep Nokia away from Android?

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According to a report filed by Bloomberg, Windows Phone maker Microsoft will pay Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia more than $1 billion as part of the two companies “smartphone software agreement.†The publication cites “two people with knowledge of the terms,†and goes on to note that Nokia will be responsible for paying Microsoft a “fee for each copy of Windows [Phone] used.†It’s widely assumed that the purported agreement, and fee, were part of Microsoft’s campaign to keep Android off of Nokia hardware. The duration of the deal is being reported as “over five years.†Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, has publicly stated that he wants Nokia branded hardware running Windows Phone software in market before the close of 2011.
http://www.bgr.com/2011/03/07/micros...-from-android/

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http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=21069
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/07/b...llion-to-make/

On one hand it seems pretty shady, on the other, I'm glad there are more alternatives to iOS and Android available on upper-end smartphones.
 
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Good try but will fail because MS just can't get away from the windows branding.

Android, like windows, will win not because it's the best (it isn't) but because it's everywhere.
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So... this is a rumor?
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So... this is a rumor?
Looking at the Businessweek article, I highly doubt it's a mere rumor.
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Meh, there are far too many manufacturers jumping onto the Android bandwagon. Hopefully Nokia is successful with WP7.
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post #6 of 11
Well this is their title.

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Microsoft Is Said to Pay Nokia More Than $1 Billion in Deal
Here is from a paragraph.

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The agreement runs for more than five years, the people said.
It's a rumor if there is no actual proof. Just because "these people said" isn't proof. So this is indeed a rumor.
post #7 of 11
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This is being very widely reported so I don't believe this to be a rumor. If you read around it's pretty much a done deal.


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Originally Posted by gsa700 View Post
Android, like windows, will win not because it's the best (it isn't) but because it's everywhere.
I think people should focus less on who is winning and more on there being alternatives. If all that's left is Android and iOS, I see the mobile world growing quite stale in the next few years.

I mean frankly a lot of Android supporters always throw out the word "choice" when arguing in support of it. Well what choice is there if all that's left is Android and iOS?! Slim pickins if you ask me.
 
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post #8 of 11
Yeah, it's been said everywhere. But until Nokia or Microsoft comes out and says something or if there is numbers to back this up. It's still a rumor.
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Good try but will fail because MS just can't get away from the windows branding.

Android, like windows, will win not because it's the best (it isn't) but because it's everywhere.

That's rather subjective. If that's your opinion that's fine, but at least provide some sort of evidence for your claim.

On Topic: Is this Nokia's first adventure down the road of using another companies OS for their devices?
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Right, moving until one of the companies comes out with a press release with the details.
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