Amazon Fire Phone is cut in price; including the free year of Prime, the handset is just $31


Rumors of an Amazon branded smartphone had been bandied about for some time. But when the Amazon Fire Phone was finally released in July 2014, it quickly became obvious that the device would be branded a failure. Even with new features like Firefly, which allows users to snap a photo of a box or UPC code and receive purchasing information from Amazon, and the Dynamic Perspective 3D images that use four front-facing sensors to achieve, the Fire Phone was DOA.

Poor battery life and the lack of Google Services didn't help. One positive is that buyers of the phone receive one free year of Amazon Prime, which is valued at $99. With Amazon cutting the price of the Fire Phone to $130, after taking into consideration the one free year of Prime, consumers are basically paying just $31 for the handset. If you're interested in purchasing the Fire Phone at the new, lower price, click on the sourcelink.

The Amazon Fire Phone features a 4.7-inch LCD screen carrying a 720 x 1280 resolution. That works out to a pixel density of 312ppi. Under the hood you'll find the Snapdragon 800 SoC, with a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 330 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of non-expandable storage. The 13MP rear camera has an aperture of f/2.0, and includes OIS. A 2.1MP front-facing camera will snap selfies and handle video chats. The 2400mAh battery keeps the lights on, and Fire OS is pre-installed.

If you are planning on signing up for Amazon Prime anyway, might as well dig a little deeper and shell out the additional $31 to pick up the Fire Phone. You never know when you might need a spare handset.

source: Amazon via AndroidCentral

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Fire Phone
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2400 mAh(22h talk time)

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29 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Click-bait article to the max

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 715; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Largest fail from Amazon so far. I am happy though that Amazon didn't just rush a new version to the market but is really re-designing the phone. At least this is what I conclude out of the fact that Amazon is working on a new phone but has not released it yet.

10. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

NOMMA anyway

12. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

This device does NOT run Android or come with any Google apps preloaded. Take your BS elsewhere

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

For the 3D perspective and the 5 front facing cameras. This is a pretty cool device. If I was in the states right now. I would buy one. Especially at $31. In fact if amazon would sell them to other countries, like Canada. I would buy one right now.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Technically it does. A forked version but android nonetheless. #GetEducated

18. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

How does it "technically" have Android? It doesn't have an Android OS nor does it come with any Google app preloaded. #GetEducated

20. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I don't get your meaning of it doesn't has Android OS, because the fact it is based on Android, only thing is they modified the UI and strip out the Google Play Service, the core of it's kernel is running Android. By your meaning it's like Ubuntu and LinuxMint is not a Linux.

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's not "technically" Android, it *is* Android. It's just a rebuilt Kit Kat distribution.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because you don't have a clue plain and simple. It's using a modified version of android. Do your homework kid.

26. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

it runs on 4.4

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Still not worth it. I do really feel so sorry for those who purchased it for $650 and on-contract from AT&T

25. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I don't feel bad. We told them not to buy it in the first place.

5. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Great deal for SD800 based device. Replace FireOS with Cyanogen and you are good to go.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Cyanogenmod is terrible.

28. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Is that even possible with the Fire Phone?

6. Basharhd99

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

this is so funny but so sad at the same time omg

7. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

No Google Play Services so what are you buying? Great specs without any software to use it, it doesnt worth it. Update this or do something to get any acces to Playstore and this would be a deal.

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Amazon has a decent app store, and it is possible to root this and get Google Play apparently.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

I already have one. Wanted to see what it was all about. With the exception of the abysmal battery life, it's not a bad handset. Amazon has a great ecosystem, and there are other Android app stores that can be loaded onto the handset, in addition to its own Amazon App Store.

14. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

The most advanced feature phone right now...lol

19. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Besides anything running Windows Phone...

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think the phone deserved the amount of hate it got except for the high price. If Amazon had released it at $199 off contract with prime then it would have done better.

27. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's just it though. The phone got the hate that it did primarily because they priced it wrong at launch. There was no value proposition with the phone. Amazon set the value expectation themselves with the Kindle Fire, so the Phone looked vastly overpriced. They screwed up the launch and the industry never forgave them, even when they priced it appropriately. The damage was done.

22. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Actually I kinda feel want to get one(just for the sake of trying), unfortunately if we are out of US, it is very expensive for us to purchase from eBay :(

23. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

$31 for a phone with a year of prime? Score!

29. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Currently unavailable.

32. dimas

Posts: 3421; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Move on amazon, just improve fire phone 2.

33. supkarma

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

Ya'll are crazy. Fire phone IS great hardware. Sure initially out of the box being restricted to Amazon App Store only could be a pain.. but it took me all of 2 minutes to download and install Google Play Services and Store onto my fire phone. I'm not rooted, nor do I need to be. I can use everything from Google Now Launcher and Android Wear to Google Wallet with NFC tap to pay enabled and fully functional. The camera is great, the software is fluid and I have every app that you can get on any other Android phone. But ...my phone was only 199 unlocked and came with a year of Prime. It's great. Love my Fire Phone!

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