Need Any More Proof Why Microsoft Wants to Back Up the Money Truck to Verizon Wireless?
Here is an amazing chart from a story in The Wall Street Journal recently about mobile phone search preferences, which says a whole lot about why Microsoft (MSFT) is so eager to hand a pile of money over to Verizon Wireless (VZ) to become the default search on its many devices.
Well, as in the PC market and on social-networking sites, because of–wait for it–Google (GOOG), of course.
According to another Journal story recently:
“Under the terms now being considered, Microsoft would share revenue with Verizon from ads shown in response to cellphone Web searches, with guaranteed payments to the carrier of approximately $550 million to $650 million over five years, or roughly twice what Google offered, these people said.”
Why so much of a premium, especially since the widgetization of smartphones makes it easier for all players to compete?
The chart tells the tale:
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