Rumors have been swirling recently that Microsoft's Windows Phone OS may become free to some companies to help it compete with Android. Now two unnamed Indian manufacturers, part of a group of new Windows Phone partners, have told the Times of India that they are, in fact, getting WP8 at no charge. One said that it's "not paying Microsoft a license fee" through a specific agreement, though Redmond wouldn't confirm the statement. Indian OEM Karbonn notably just launched a dual-boot Android/WP8 phone, though it hasn't said that it's getting WP8 for free. However, if the rumor's true, it would mark the first time Microsoft hasn't taken a fee for its mobile OS, even from Nokia. Until it clarifies things, though, best take all this with a grain of salt -- but it would give a more viable non-Android option to Microsoft in the developing world.