FORMER LEADING MOBILE PHONE MAKER Nokia was offered a whopping load of cash it couldn't refuse by Microsoft, according to the Finnish phone firm's jilted open source partner Intel.
According to Reuters, Intel CEO Paul Otellini told an investors teleconference call this morning that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop made the wrong decision by not opting for Google's Android and that his choice of Microsoft was made because of a financial offer that could not be refused.
Despite this alleged amazing offer, it would seem that it could not have been for royalty free use of Windows Phone, because Elop mentioned at the 11 February announcement of the tie up with the Vole that Nokia will be paying royalties.
Nokia told The INQUIRER that Elop had already dealt with this accusation but media reports have only refered to the embattled CEO's denunciations of the claim that he is a Trojan horse for Microsoft, and that it will eventually take control of the Finnish, or maybe finished, company.
Reuters also reported, "Otellini said Nokia's [CEO] Stephen Elop received 'incredible offers - money' from Google and Microsoft to switch." He reportedly went on to say that he would probably have gone to Android if it were up to him, although MeeGo would have been the best strategy if it had been affordable.
Otellini also had a few words for Steve Jobs, saying that open systems have the edge over closed systems because "closed models will certainly survive, because you can optimise the experience, but in general, if you harness the ability of all the engineers in the world and the developers in the world, open wins." µ