Fire sale: Amazon chops the unlocked Fire Phone to only $199, still includes a year of Prime subscription

Fire sale: Amazon chops the unlocked Fire Phone to only $199, still includes a year of Prime subscription
Fire sale for a Fire Phone, that's the only way we can call Amazon's latest effort to move some of the epic unsold inventory of its own smartphone edition. The electronic retail giant has slashed the price of its Fire Phone edition down to the cool $199.99, and we aren't talking contract prices here. Two Benjamins will get you the unlocked handset with 32 GB of storage at that, which is a pretty good deal, as the device is rather intriguing, flagging sales aside. Even better, the deal for the unlocked handset still includes the usual one year subscription for Amazon Prime, and this is a $99 value in itself, so you are basically getting the phone for a Benjamin, nice.

Besides a decent hardware, like a bright, 590-nits IPS-LCD display, peppy Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP OIS camera, and a dual stereo speaker system, the handset brings with it a unique 3D-like Dynamic Perspective sensor system for the interface, and the so-called Firefly service. This one can recognize over a 100 million objects - from songs, through dishwasher soaps, to phone numbers on a poster, and find them at the lowest price, or throw more info about them at you.

source: Amazon

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  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2400 mAh(22h talk time)

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15 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Still Garbage...

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm heavily invested in Amazon's ecosystem, and love their stuff, but even I think it was a mistake to offer their first ever handset at the high price it was previously at. This should have been $199 of contract from the beginning.

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Very true. If this deal was from the very start it would have been successful. Amazon got greedy and their paying for it now.

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I had one. Actually, it was the worst phone in my life. Overheated all the time, very bad keyboard layout, the Spanish is defult and I could not remove it (no other language support), so boring UI, and very gimmicky 3D dynamic that consume battery life so fast.

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I would still get the Moto G over this phone. This deal is only decent if you're a Prime user. Make the phone $100 and then I would buy.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This phone is leaps and bounds ahead of the moto g

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Hardware, yes. I don't see benefit of their Android fork on a phone. And don't say Root and ROM. That's not for most buyers.

8. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You don't have to root The Fire to side load Google apps. Just side load 1 mobile app store. At $199, The Fire would make a good BYOD prepaid phone.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

What one app store do you sideload in order to get the Google Apps? I've been around a long time and I've not heard of this. Sounds like BS.

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's apology for what is in the end a poorly planned product. Fire Phone simply does not fit today's mobile ecosystem. You can get away with a forked multimedia-focused tablet, but not a phone. Stick with the real OSes.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

There is an Android app store called 1Mobile Market. The apk can be downloaded OTA by going towww.1mobile.com/download. It has 1.2 million Android apps. I know this because I own a Kindle Fire HDX 32 gig and have the 1Mobile Market Android app store on it as we speak. The Android apps are all free.

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Yeah...go home, you're drunk...

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Amazon -- If you want to dump your inventory, simply port AOSP to the phone, flash AOSP ROMs over your Fire OS garbage, and it will sell for $200 unlocked just fine.

12. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I do not care too much for the phone... But I do care that there was a missed opportunity for this... http://i.minus.com/i5Rw6Pd7m8ZVo.gif I mean, how could one miss this golden opportunity?!

15. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They should sell it in pure stock android without the 3d gimmickry. Many people say that their customized android UI sucks.

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