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HTC Evo 4G Price Increase, Most Expensive Android Yet?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Alchematron, Apr 30, 2010.

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    HTC Evo 4G Price Increase, Most Expensive Android Yet?

    Yesterday, Microsoft made their deal with HTC official by announcing the Taiwanese company will pay them royalties for every Android built.

    The news comes shortly after allegations by Microsoft that Google's Android platform was infringing on a number of their patents. Obviously to not get pulled into any further litigation and possibly delays for the release of the their latest Android, the HTC Evo 4G, the phone maker may have decided it was better to pay Microsoft the licensing fees to use Google's Android platform and avoid any repercussions in the future.

    What this means for HTC Evo 4G prices?

    The Sprint HTC Evo 4G, which is expected to release sometime in June, is equipped with the free Android OS. Now that HTC will be required to pay royalties for every Android built there is no doubt it will cost them more to manufacture the smartphone. With Microsoft technologies priced somewhere on the higher end of the scale, and Sprint's reported $865 million losses and 75,000 customers disbanding this quarter alone, we can only see HTC or the customer left to absorb the increased cost.

    OZCAR says: The situation at HTC isn't too good either. Two days ago we reported on the possibility that they may need to pay Klausner Technologies royalties for infringing on their patents. Furthermore, the HTC Apple lawsuit is still in progress. So it seems quite plausible that consumers may be left to fork out the extra cash for buying a HTC branded Android phone.
     

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    see? another reason they should've released it already. early adopters could've gotten it cheaper =P
     
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    It's not like they are going to pay a $100 royalty on every phone...
     
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    Please Ozcar, seriously. No.
     
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    you know i have been thinking is this apples sabatage attempt?
     
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    good lord..
     
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    The website that you linked to posts false, made-up, or half-true information rather than fact. Please don't count on them for any real news.
     
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    Wow. OR Microsoft to HTC you make us windows phones for a lower cost and we will cover you in case of lawsuits. You see that? Apple sues htc. HTC looks at microsoft and says ok I need your patients and microsoft forked them over. Total cost per WINDOWS PHONE, maybe a buck. Total added cost per android phone, nothing.
     
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    Ozcar sucks, pls STOP posting their links!

    and who cares, are you reallygonna cry because the phone is now 205 instead of 199? royalties are everywhere and they are so minimal, not half the cost of the phone, get over it, you won't see any affect on the end price even if this is true
     
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    This is not even worth discussing. That site seems to make stuff up just to get views.
     
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    Can someone lock this thread?
     
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    Yes, please do.

    Ozcar Guide pretty much belongs in the same place as Oscar the Grouch: in a trash can.
     
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    Delete and/or temporary ban and/or lock thread.
     
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