Would you buy a discounted phone if the retailer uses it to serve you regular ads in exchange?


Amazon's Prime exclusive phones have been quite the topic this week. There are a couple of reasons behind this. For one, Nokia 6 has been added to the roster and we all know that this brand evokes quite a lot of feelings in phone fans. Secondly, Prime phones, usually midrangers, come with a nice discount — from $30 to $180 off, depending on the model.

Of course, there is a catch. If you get a bargain on a Prime exclusive phone, you will also have to endure Amazon ads and offers popping up on your lockscreen at all times. That's right, no more pictures of your dog or your cousin's toddler — your lockscreen is now Amazon's personal “your ad here” spot.

To be completely fair, you can spend an extra $50 a few months down the line and remove said ads. And the phones come with a bunch of Amazon ads pre-installed, but those should come in handy if you are, in fact, a regular Amazon customer (and if you are subscribed to Prime, you most probably are). But there's the question — is “selling out” your lockscreen worth a discounted phone? Would you ever consider the option, or would you feel violated? Go ahead and tick your opinion in the poll!

Would you take a "discount for ads" sort of deal?

Nope
59.96%
Only for the right phone and the right discount
34.46%
Sounds good to me
5.58%

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20 Comments

1. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'd just flash it with regular build after purchase.

2. Valdomero

Posts: 678; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I'd shall do the same

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7371; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It certainly depends on the OEM and type of smartphone. Plus if it doesn't effect performance, then I am on board. If it's some brand that sucks like ZTE, Alcatel, lecco, or other crap. Then just keep it.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Amazon might use a third party bootloader lock to prevent this. Better check before you leap!

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 579; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I was thinking the same thing.

9. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Well, if that's an option, I'd definitely grab the phone at a huge discount if it's something I want...

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

not with ZTE and their budget phones

4. surethom

Posts: 1694; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No they are just hoping some people are gulable.

7. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Not surprising that the NOPE vote is leading. Most of those who read phone blogs have a purest mindset relative to the average consumer who might prefer to save a buck and put up with ads.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Root the ad-infested phone and flash Cyanogen or any other Android firmware. Good to go.

10. Deadeye37

Posts: 300; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I would if the price is right for the right phone. The phone better be almost free and be considered at least a decent mid-range phone. Like $20 for the Moto G.

11. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

If it's anything like the way your mobile site operates with how it just randomly serves ads and pop-up's and redirects... no way.

12. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I'd assume the ads would only appear when you're connected to the internet? I've never had a data plan, and only use wi-fi, so I probably wouldn't see too many ads if I did buy one of these phones!

13. ECPirate37

Posts: 333; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I got my mom the Kindle Fire that is ad supported, and it really isn't as intrusive as I thought it would be. There is an ad when you wake the screen, but as soon as you unlock no more ads until you wake the screen again. If it stays that way, it wouldn't bother me on a phone, but I would want $100 off of a top tier phone like Galaxy S8+ or something like that.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1566; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

As it is I use adblock and pay for ad free versions of apps, I even have YouTube red to avoid those ads, so not interested in a cheaper phone with ads.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I saw that my iPhone is having less adds within the same apps (YouTube for instance) than my Android phone, both being connected to the same network (wi-fi) or carrier. Maybe you should consider it and save the money spent on apps.

20. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

You can try installing a modded, ad-free version of Youtube like OGYouTube or this (if you have root):https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-patched-ad-free-youtube-apks-t3449312

15. A_A_A

Posts: 222; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Will be annoying. No way.

16. CGBatch

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

This capitalist society has gone too far

17. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Why isn't there a "HELL NO!" option? We're marketed to way too much and these ads are getting really annoying and think they should be illegal!

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