It's amazing what a controversial report can do for the profile of your analyst company.
Just to pick a few holes in the report:
i) The potential
licensing fees look high until you realise that Nokia owns ~50% of Symbian. They're basically paying themselves.
ii) I think Microsoft count Symbian OS and Series 60 as seperate entities. Hence, they both need to license ActiveSync in order to use it.
iii) Having a search around, Motorola have released not 2 but 4 phones based on Symbian. One of them has been released by NTT DoCoMo (Japan's largest network operator). Can you name the last Motorola phone that got released on NTT DoCoMo? I certainly can't. Motorola must be kicking themselves that they've managed to penetrate the highly lucrative Japanese market for the first time in ages.
iv) I have no idea what percentage of Symbian apps are written in native C++, but if Smartphone is anything to go by, all of the popular
ones will be. Asking developers to totally re-write their applications isn't going to win Nokia any friends.
The whole Microsoft vs. Symbian vs. PalmSource vs. Linux contest is certainly hotting up though. Increased competition can only lead to better smartphones.