Microsoft is trying to find its feet in the smartphone market and has been lately considering to offer Windows Phone OS for free to smartphone manufacturers.
Now a report from Times of India claims that Microsoft has agreed to offer free Windows Phone to two Indian phone manufacturers named Lava and Karbonn. Both these companies have recently jointed the ranks of Windows Phone Makers and currently churn out cheap Android phones.
Microsoft normally charges per phone license fee between $5 to $15 for Windows Phone. This act of eliminating Windows Phone license fee is a visible effort to be more competitive to Google’s Android.
Microsoft has also discussed in the past with HTC to offer dual (Android and Windows Phone) in exchange for offering free Windows Phone licenses.
Microsoft is also going to launch Windows Phone 8.1 in the next few months. The next version of Windows Phone will offer dual-sim support and on-screen buttons for helping Android phone manufacturers to easily port to Windows Phone.