Report: HTC's Cher Wang turned down offer from Amazon

Report: HTC's Cher Wang turned down offer from Amazon
Last October, rumors about an Amazon phone started brewing once again. And of course, since then, Amazon has indeed launched the Amazon Fire Phone. But that doesn't mean that the speculation we heard nearly a year ago was correct. In fact, one major part of the rumor never took place. This was the part that labeled HTC as the manufacturer behind an entry-level version of the Amazon phone.

A report published on Wednesday night suggests that HTC was going to partner with Amazon, to produce a low-cost smartphone. The benefits to HTC included a chance to counter balance a slow selling high-end line with a low-end model, and the opportunity to show other potential partners what it could do. According to the report, AT&T's top brass had a cow when they learned that the carrier would not have an exclusive on the low-end Amazon handset, and threatened not to support a high-end Amazon phone.

As a result, Amazon was forced to disengage with HTC. At the same time, there is speculation that Amazon had made an offer to purchase HTC, a deal that was rejected by HTC co-founder Cher Wang.

Considering that the Amazon Fire Phone is not selling, and has seen its price slashed to 99 cents on contract, AT&T might have done better with that canceled low-end model that allegedly was being planned by HTC. Alas, we will never know. As for a potential acquisition of HTC by Amazon, rumors like this don't die quickly. We expect to see more talk of HTC escaping in others' arms soon.

source: TheInformation via Engadget

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11 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1709; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

HTC should fire their CEO first...

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Anyone who team up with American company such as Intel Dell HP Moto are bound to be failed in the end, no exceptional case to Amazon as well. Kudos to HTC for knowing that

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You're damn wrong, just because of your Chinese hating American trolling doesn't mean you can't simply talk BS here. Intel is the biggest manufacturer to provide processors to PCs and laptops. Motorola is now with Lenovo. Both of them are rising. Wow, you don't know that? Dell and HP are still on the safe side. Their laptops are still selling very well. So, who is the failure? You. You are the idiot, 白痴.

6. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

You get a cookie.

9. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Teaming up with the likes of Microsoft or GM is a death knell to your company. Nokia (now) knows it and Saab (now) knows it. They suck the technology out of the slave company and then spit the remainings out. I think Amazon also is a one trick pony. They have a profitable web store where they sell all kinds of junk but that's it. Amazon phones are just ridiculous idea and if they would buy HTC it would be the end of their story pretty soon. Just like bonding with MS destroyed Nokia.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

HTC won't be that stupid to accept Amazon's acquisition, do you know it's very difficult to get away from losing profit and get back to the competition? Amazon Fire phone is a failure, their forked OS is also a failure, if HTC join Amazon, Amazon will definitely lead HTC to failure. HTC learned their lesson from the Facebook phone, and will not fall for this kind of crap again.

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

amazon would have made HTC their own , with some rebranding

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Bezos is a crackpot dictator who needs to give up his obsession to be Apple.

7. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

HTC should sell their phones a la xiaomi.

10. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Hmm, I wonder if ATT is strong arming manufacturers into releasing exclusives

11. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

If at all possible, I'd like HTC to remain independent. I can't imagine Amazon helping them in anyway. If anything, Sense would be replaced with Fire OS and ads.

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