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

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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!

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