Originally Posted by nikon133
It is actually believed HTC is paying between $5 and $10 of royalties per phone to MS, and samsung was "asked" to pay $15 - or else. That is only MS royalties. If true. Now add Apple tax on top of that, and then add (likely) new tax based on Nortel portfolio that MS/Apple/RIM jointly purchased (and will use it against Google and Android).
I think we are easily talking $20 - 30 per phone. How much is WP7 license per device? I would not be surprised if it is actually lower.
Just by the by (since it appears to be widely misunderstood) patent law doesn't require the patent holder to license at all, if they don't want to. Or, the patent holder can charge fees at whatever the market will bear.
If HTC is found to be in violation of Apple's patent holdings and precluded from using that tech, Apple can charge $100 a handset if they so wish for the right to do so, and no one can say boo. Or (and more likely) they can simply deny HTC access as a means of maintaining competitive advantage. That's kind of the point of having a patent, you get to control where and when and for how much your patented material is deployed.
I don't know where people have gotten the idea that Apple has to automatically charge HTC $5 or $10 a handset or they run afoul of some vague notion of fair trade. Apple can sit tight and let Google figure out a workaround, if they can.