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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

March 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Report: Microsoft paying $1 billion plus to Nokia in phone deal

No wonder Nokia agreed to use Windows Phone software.

Microsoft will pay Nokia more than $1 billion to promote and develop Windows phones, according to a new report by Bloomberg’s Dina Bass.

The story, based on two unnamed sources “with knowledge of the terms,” offers new details about the huge deal announced Feb. 11.

It said the contract between the tech giants struggling in the smartphone market will last more than five years and has yet to be finalized.

Despite the huge payout, Microsoft will still make money from royalty payments made by Nokia, the story says. The Redmond company will also give Microsoft the right to use Nokia’s huge patent portfolio.

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