Amazon's first smartphone to come with a unique Prime Data plan, AT&T exclusivity expected

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?

source: BGR



14. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Amazon would be dumb not to make a verizon version.

11. medwar07

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's on att so I'm not getting it

10. droid_does_more

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2010

Carrier exclusives kill sales. That's only really ever worked for the iPhone. I'm hoping Amazon at least releases an unlocked variant sold through their website.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Maybe this phone will be good for handicapped people who cannot use a normal phone UI.

7. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

This better have unlimited LTE with Prime....

5. drazwy

Posts: 377; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Carrier exclusive? Guaranteed to lose money.

6. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 114; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

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.

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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.

12. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 114; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

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 but then again, maybe its exclusive only to at&t because the other carriers have no interest?

4. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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.

13. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

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


Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Go home sir ur drunk

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Sound interesting. Amazon has already struck gold with the Kindle, Amazon Prime, streaming services, Android App Store/Free App of the Day... They are on a roll lately.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

to small

1. lft4ded

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 14, 2011

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.

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