Rumor: Several ODMs are competing for Windows Phone 8 handset orders

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According to a new report surfacing from Taiwanese shores, original design manufacturers (ODM) are competing with each other to get orders from companies to manufacture Windows Phone 8 handsets. 

Digitimes report, citing their usual supply chain sources, that manufacturers such as Quanta Computer, Wistron, and Pegatron are competing with each other to make sure they can get manufacturing orders from Windows Phone handsets. Compal is already making handsets for Nokia so they have to worry about it a lot, at least for now. 

Windows Phone 8 is slowly increasing its pace since Microsoft is offering the OS for free. Digitimes’ sources say that some vendors in China and India have adopted the OS, and we’ve already seen their local manufacturers such as Gionee and a few others getting listed as hardware partners by Microsoft. 

“Microsoft has offered free licensing to boost WP8, and consequently some China- and India-based smartphone vendors have adopted the operating system, the sources indicated. In particular, China-based Huawei Device, ZTE, Lenovo, GiONEE and K-Touch plan to launch entry-level and mid-range Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones in the China and other emerging markets, the sources said,” says Digitimes. 

We even saw some of the upcoming Windows Phone devices from other OEMs at Computex 2014 in Taiwan, including Prestigio, Yezz, and Blu. It would be good to see more OEMs entering the Windows Phone market, but let me remind you that Digitimes has a shaky track record so keep that in mind. 

What do you think about this? If it’s true, I think it’s a good thing since it will create more competition, and give users more options. In addition, it will also help Microsoft’s operating system to compete with the plethora of entry-level Androids in the market. 

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