Would you buy a discounted phone if the retailer uses it to serve you regular ads in exchange?
by Preslav Kateliev / Jul 14, 2017, 8:28 AM
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?
Only for the right phone and the right discount
Sounds good to me
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I'd just flash it with regular build after purchase.
posted on Jul 14, 2017, 8:30 AM 0
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I'd shall do the same
posted on Jul 14, 2017, 8:38 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jul 14, 2017, 10:38 AM 1
Posts: 283; 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.
posted on Jul 14, 2017, 12:29 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jul 14, 2017, 1:20 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jul 15, 2017, 7:26 AM 0
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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
posted on Jul 15, 2017, 9:47 AM 0
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