Amazon's first smartphone to come with a unique Prime Data plan, AT&T exclusivity expected
According to BGR, the smartphone will come with a wireless data plan that Amazon may want to call “Prime Data.” Reportedly, the Prime Data plan will be among the handset’s key selling points. There is no word on exactly what this new plan will offer, but it might include free access to some of Amazon’s Prime-branded services (like Instant Video).
Unnamed sources have told BGR that Amazon intends to offer its smartphone “exclusively on AT&T’s network" in the US.
As previously reported, the first Amazon smartphone won’t be a high-end device. Its specs should include a 4.7-inch 720p display, Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera. The device is expected to come with unique tilt-based controls, and a novel 3D interface (helped by four front-facing infrared sensors). Pricing details have not been unveiled, but we're guessing that the handset will be very affordable - in line with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets.
1. lft4ded (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)
The 3D interface sounds intriguing. Laying on your back sometimes your hand obscures some of the screen when looking at your phone and if the sensor can 'bend' the interface so you never loose complete access to the screen that would be great.
3. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Sound interesting. Amazon has already struck gold with the Kindle, Amazon Prime, streaming services, Android App Store/Free App of the Day...
They are on a roll lately.
4. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 200; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
I trust Amazon. They have proven time and time again that they know what they're doing. As far as the specs go, I have a Moto X and some would criticize it for its low specs, but I think it is great. I switched from a higher speced phone, the LG G2, to the Moto X and I can tell you that the Moto X not only has a better screen, but it runs much faster and smoother than the G2 did. The point: specs don't matter as much as some would have you believe.
13. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
720P is plenty big enough for me but yeah if it's 50 dollar difference I'll just get a 1080 or 1600P one. I don't know what amazon is planning but this is at least making me curios. Most likely will get Google's Ara phone though
5. drazwy (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
Carrier exclusive? Guaranteed to lose money.
6. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
the reason both samsung and apple sells millions of devices (in terms of flagship devices) in the usa is because they are carried by all four major carriers plus some of the secondary carriers...exclusive to just one carrier is a joke, then they will wonder why it didnt sell well.
8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1184; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I think Amazon is testing the water. A full release on all major carriers could make them to lose a lot of money. Try to see if the phone will success or not and then do a full blow high spec phone to push out to all carriers.
12. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
if thats the case, then wouldnt an exclusive to either verizon or sprint make more sense, then have unlocked gsm (tmobile/att) versions sold via amazon.com?
but then again, maybe its exclusive only to at&t because the other carriers have no interest?
7. RandomUsername (Posts: 341; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
This better have unlimited LTE with Prime....
9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 1940; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Maybe this phone will be good for handicapped people who cannot use a normal phone UI.
10. droid_does_more (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2010)
Carrier exclusives kill sales. That's only really ever worked for the iPhone.
I'm hoping Amazon at least releases an unlocked variant sold through their website.
14. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
Amazon would be dumb not to make a verizon version.