Amazon says no smartphone this year, no free phone ever

Amazon says no smartphone this year, no free phone ever
Back on Friday, we told you about an interesting rumor that could have changed things around drastically in the low end of the smartphone industry. The buzz focused on the oft-rumored Amazon smartphone. According to a couple of former WSJ journalists, not only is the Amazon smartphone real, it would be offered free without a contract. The idea is that Amazon would make money the same way it profits in the tablet market where it takes a loss on each slate it sells. But by selling content, apps and cloud based storage, Amazon turns a profit on the Kindle Fire tablets. This would be the same game plan for a free Amazon smartphone.

Amazon felt compelled to respond to the speculation by denying that it will release a smartphone in 2013. And the Amazon spokesman went even further by saying that no phone they release will be free, ev-er.

There is also talk that Amazon is working on a 3D smartphone that wouldn't require glasses. Instead, a retina-tracking technology would make images appear as though they were floating above the screen. Users might even be able to control the movement of images on the screen with their eyes.

So there it is, directly from Amazon. Don't expect an Amazon branded phone this year, and when one is launched, you will have to shell out some cash for it.  That Amazon decided to address the rumors at all show how important the whole topic is to the company. Should we expect an Amazon branded smartphone in 2014?

source: JessicaLessin via Pocketlint

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4 Comments

1. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

If it sounds too good to be true...well, you know the rest. While Amazon could broaden its tech influence by introducing a smartphone to go with its tablet lineup, putting the price at zero would have been ridiculous. Even with ad support, subscription-based services, etc., Amazon would lose more than they gain. There's still hope for next year, or maybe even this year, if Amazon is pulling our leg...

2. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I\'m disappointed in ANYONE who even thought a free phone off-contract would ever happen. Ever. Ev-er.

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

More proof that alot of rumors are just made up

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

3d floating image on screen? gees dont think so...

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