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Amazon Fire Phone: price and release date

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Amazon Fire Phone: price and release date
The Amazon Fire Phone, announced minutes ago on-stage in Seattle, is shaping up to be quite an intriguing device -- it's got a 3D display that is controlled by four front-facing cameras that track you face and change perspective accordingly, relatively high-end hardware, and a boatload of free, proprietary services. These include Mayday, which allows you to connect and chat with an Amazon customer service representative over video in less than 15 seconds, right from your phone; a full year of Prime membership (unlimited streaming of music, video); and Firefly, which is a sort of like the Google Goggle app on steroids.

So how much does a phone like that cost, and when and where can you get it? Thankfully, unlike certain manufacturers, Amazon was quite specific in both regards. The Amazon Fire Phone will set you back $199 for the 32GB model and $299 for the 64GB model, so long as you agree to a 2-year contract with AT&T. That's right, early information was correct in that AT&T will gain exclusivity. 

Speaking of AT&T, if Ma Bell is your carrier of choice, you can also opt for AT&T Next 12 / Next 18-- $32.50 / $27.09 a month (32GB model) for 20 / 24 months and the ability to upgrade to a different, qualifying device in the next 12 / 18 months. The numbers for the 64GB model sit at $37.50 / $31.25 for Next 12 / Next 18, respectively. Luckily, the Fire Phone will also be available for $649 / $749 (32GB / 64GB) unlocked and contract-free.

As for a release date, sales of Amazon's first smartphone will commence on July 25th, which is a little over a month from now. That said, you can already pre-order it with AT&T.

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posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:13 10

1. pokerc (Posts: 60; Member since: 24 May 2012)

I'll pass

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:16 11

3. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

Bad price

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 00:17

26. medicci37 (Posts: 1335; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

Bad carrier as well. Considering the restrictive os in which you have to buy everything from Amazon $199 with a 2 year contract is ridiculous

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:14 4

2. fanboysrdumb (Posts: 44; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

Never paid and never will pay for a phone more then 300$ to 400$ max regardless of specs and innovation this phone no doubt is different and better then it's competitors in terms of bringing something different to the table.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:19 7

4. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

No .... Very expensive

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:25 7

6. Manti123 (banned) (Posts: 207; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

Same Motorola's mistake .. They priced Moto X much more than expected and then kept cutting the price and made promotions.
Bad move Amazon

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:21 5

5. Mass88 (Posts: 58; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

Ugh, why is Amazon making this an At&t exclusive? That kills it for me.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:30 6

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

This is worse than an iPhone 5C.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 15:01 2

17. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

The iJUNK 5S is going for about $730 ( not sale price) and has INFERIOR specs to this phone. No, this FIRE phone ( even though it has a 720 screen) is BETTER than the iJUNK 5(a,b,c,e,f,g...s...etc.)

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 12:29

27. rigorkrad (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)

The iPhone 5c and 5s has a world lte radio. Meaning it can connect to 13 different wireless Carriers without having to use slower speeds ( GPRS, edge, 3G) No other phone on the market has 13 channels. The fire phone has 9 channels, but it's an AT&T exclusive, so those extra channels are not used. The average android phone has 4 channels. The iPhone 5 2 years ago had 4 channels. So therefor those iPhone 5c specs are superior to every other phone on the market. The other companies , they bury that information. You have to really dig around to find out what channels a device operates on. Case in point the amazon fire HDX.when the iPad Air came out, all those channels were revolutionary. When the iPhone 5c came out most people thought it had the same radio as the 5, and that is not true.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:31 1

8. xtroid2k (Posts: 534; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

I hate ATT. Will wait till the exclusivity is over. Ill wait for a full breakdown a d a trip to the store before i judge the phone ots self. Why such a high price Amazon?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:37 1

9. somad (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

Why only AT&T ? ??!!!!!

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:43 2

10. bradley8795 (Posts: 64; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

Too expensive - Strike 1 AT&T exclusive - Strike 2 No better than an iPhone or GS5 - Strike 3.

I really expected more from you amazon. I expected this phone to be $299 off contract. I expected this phone to be sold unlocked through Amazon. I didn't expect it to be available on Verizon, but seriously this is just bad business. Amazon fire phone = HTC First (Facebook phone), I doubt it will make it until September before it is free on contract and the off contract price is $399 or better. That is what it is going to take to sell this phone.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:43 4

11. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

Don't care about all the cameras and parallax crap. Not looking to get a 720p screen phone and will not lock myself down on a contract with AT&T.

This will be 2014's HTC First.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:43 7

12. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

I'm not paying that much money for a phone with a 720p display and a completely new phone UI. They made the same mistake as Motorola with the Moto X...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:51 3

15. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

Exactly. And sadly, MOTOROLA doesn't even have ANY phones right now in the market with a 1080 x 1920 display...And MOTOROLA was once the Leader of the Pack of Cell phone companies... Sad.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 15:39 1

19. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Hopefully the Moto X+1 can change that...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:48 1

13. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

IF only: 1) It were NOT an AT&T exclusive ; 2) It had a 1080 x 1920 screen; 3) Cheaper OFF-CONTRACT...
This should be OFF-CONTRACT for $299/16GB & $349/32GB...
Because according to the specs sheet: It has BOTH LTE band 4 & band 17; which means you can get 4G LTE on BOTH AT&T and T-MOBILE ( unlocked)...
Well, looking at the tsunami wave of E-Bay sellers on release day...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:51 2

14. Totse2k15 (Posts: 470; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

Crazy prices!!

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:56 3

16. meanestgenius (Posts: 16623; Member since: 28 May 2014)

The pricing is a bad idea. This $199 / $299 price should definitely have been the off contract price. Hopefully, the price will drop soon on Amazon's website, or they will make it available to buy on places like HSN or QVC so as to take advantage of their "flexpay".

AT&T exclusivity is also a bad idea.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 18:07

21. Natez (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)

Did they say it would be sold unlocked or just with out a contact but still locked to AT&T?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 20:30

23. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Locked on contract to AT&T for the $199/$299 price, unlocked and off contract for the higher $600-$700 pricing.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 20:31

24. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Nice phone, but not at those prices and no more contracts here...

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