Microsoft promised Nokia cheap Windows Phones

cheapnokiaNokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has told Reuters one of the key topics in the talks on doing a deal with Microsoft was convincing Nokia that it could reach "a very low price point."

A major concern of critics of the Windows Phone 7 deal is the expense of the minimum specs of a WP7 handset, which would normally place such a handset out of the reach of the bottom end of the market, where Nokia had much of its trade volume.

Microsoft much have been very convincing, as Elop said on Friday prices of smartphones using Microsoft’s Windows Phone software platform will fall fast.

"We have become convinced that we can do that very quickly," Chief Executive Stephen Elop said in a meeting with Finnish business journalists.

While there is a suspicion that this will be through the creation of a lower “chassis”  specification Microsoft and Nokia have already rejected the idea that they would use older, cheaper Half-VGA screens.

Read more at Reuters here.

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