Amazon's first smartphone to come with a unique Prime Data plan, AT&T exclusivity expected
posted by Florin T. / Apr 25, 2014, 11:06 AM
The Amazon smartphone that we saw earlier this month could be announced at the end of June, and customers might be able to buy it starting September. Until Amazon confirms this, here we have new info regarding the long-rumored handset.
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.
Pictured above is an alleged Amazon smartphone prototype with a protective case around it. Is anyone intrigued by this handset thus far?
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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.
posted on Apr 25, 2014, 11:23 AM 3
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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.
posted on Apr 25, 2014, 12:25 PM 2
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
posted on Apr 26, 2014, 12:35 AM 0
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Carrier exclusive? Guaranteed to lose money.
posted on Apr 25, 2014, 12:34 PM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 25, 2014, 1:16 PM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 25, 2014, 1:56 PM 0
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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?
posted on Apr 25, 2014, 9:52 PM 0
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