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Apple, Nokia, Microsoft and SE all facing higher Foxconn bills

Apple, Nokia, Microsoft and SE all facing higher Foxconn bills

Foxconn is expected to begin charging Apple and other customers higher prices for manufacturing their smartphones and other electronics, in a move which is being seen as offsetting the company's increased wage obligations.  The company, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Industries, made promises earlier in the year to increase the amount it paid employees and hopefully turn around a spate of reputation-damaging suicides.

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Foxconn, Compal & others snub Windows Phone 7 over licensing fees

Foxconn, Compal & others snub Windows Phone 7 over licensing fees

The spectre of Windows Mobile may haunt more than just consumers; Microsoft is apparently also facing apathy from handset manufacturers in Taiwan, reluctant to pay the company's licensing fees for Windows Phone 7.  According to DigiTimes, Foxconn, Compal Communications, Pegatron Technology, Qisda, Inventec, Inventec Appliances and Arima Communications have all shifted their R&D investment to Android and are reluctant to move it back.

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Secret Apple factory for Foxconn-made Verizon iPhone 4 or antenna refresh rumored

Secret Apple factory for Foxconn-made Verizon iPhone 4 or antenna refresh rumored

The Verizon iPhone 4 rumor rears its head once more, with speculation that Apple is using a rented production line separate to their mainstream Foxconn facility to develop alternate versions of the fourth-generation smartphone.  The facility - which is being used while a new $100m production line is built - is currently staffed by over 500 Foxconn employees; Computerworld suggests that a CDMA iPhone 4 could be in development, however there's also the possibility of alternate antenna designs being explored.

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Nokia tablet in testing ahead of Q4 2010 launch?

Nokia tablet in testing ahead of Q4 2010 launch?

Nokia's tablet ambitions have once again reared their head, with a little more grist for the rumor mill.  According to DigiTimes' sources at component manufacturers, Nokia has apparently produced "about 100 engineering samples" of a tablet device which it will be using for testing; the tablet has a 7- or 9-inch touchscreen, they believe, and is manufactured by Foxconn.  The rumors follow earlier talk of a "large screen" device with OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics for gaming.

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Rumor: Foxconn closing Chinese manufacturing plants?

Rumor: Foxconn closing Chinese manufacturing plants?

Take this with a huge grain of rumor salt, but a Chinese publication called Oriental Daily is reporting that Foxconn may be closing down its Chinese operations in the wake of all the employee suicides. We have been following this suicide story closely for a while now. Foxconn has given its workers in its Chinese facilities as much as a 66% pay increase based on performance and even Apple has cut profits to give these workers a raise.

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