Amazon-HTC phone could be for Amazon Prime subscribers only

Amazon-HTC phone could be for Amazon Prime subscribers only
On Tuesday, we told you about the rumor that Amazon was working on a smartphone along with Taiwan based manufacturer HTC. And while Amazon has continuously shot down rumors about producing a branded smartphone, this time there are two insiders who say that both Amazon and HTC have been in talks about building a new handset since June.

According to a published report on Wednesday, no decision has been made whether or not to proceed. Amazon wants to distribute the phones by selling subscriptions to Amazon Prime, purchased through carriers, so that more devices can access its Amazon Instant Video service. Amazon Prime has morphed from being a faster shipping service to a platform for streaming movies and television shows. And while earlier this year Amazon shot down rumors that it would give phones away for free and sell content, apps and cloud based storage, apparently this is one option being considered. Last year, rumors started circulating that Foxconn was building a new smartphone for Amazon.

Those familiar with the project say that three models are being discussed by HTC and Amazon. HTC refuses to comment on the speculation while Amazon has not responded to requests for a statement.

source: Bloomberg

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9 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Will it also be featuring no google play storage and have a bad quality manufacturer like the HTC One? The poor build quality on the one is starting to show up. If your wondering what the problem is the inside is horribly desgined. They were built like HTC wanted them to suffer electrical failures and be impossible for anyone expect HTC to fix.

2. suavemezie

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

makes no sense, like your name goes...Shatter!

7. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

There is one way i think this would work. If the phone is really cheap but still high end, because they plan to make up for it with the Prime subscription revenue.. Otherwise, I don't see people subscribing to Prime just for an Amazon-HTC phone.

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Oh wow, your opinion matters so much! wait... oh thats right, no one cares about you. btw what's your hourly wage? Im looking for a temporary job over the summer.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm sure Samsung pays him by the comment, rather than by the hour.

4. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Since `PA TOOK `the thumbs down. Here is my thumbs down for your yet another un-educated knowledge of nothing. :( Shatter

6. Imaxxacre

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

I like HTC for their Sense UI and their (usually) high-quality materials, but I can already tell this would fail, just like their Facebook phone did.

8. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Nah. I don't think it would fail at all. The only reason why the FB phone failed is because A- There's a lot of backlash against Facebook and B-The only compelling reason to buy the phone in the first place was Facebook Home which was also available on other phones. So FB shot themselves in the foot with that one. Now Amazon... Who doesn't like Amazon? Jeff Bezos knows exactly what he's doing and the phone would I'm all likely hood be high end, beautiful looking(thanks to HTC) and have a low price. More bang for your buck. I think this will be just fine for both HTC and Amazon.

9. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

bring us this phone before the holidays 5" and above with tegra 4 please no more snapdragons its played out lol oh sd card as well

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