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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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Would you take a "discount for ads" sort of deal?
Nope 59.96% (569 votes) (569 votes)
Only for the right phone and the right discount 34.46% (327 votes) (327 votes)
Sounds good to me 5.58% (53 votes) (53 votes)

949 votes

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posted on 14 Jul 2017, 08:30

1. jove39 (Posts: 1967; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


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

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 08:38

2. Valdomero (Posts: 286; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I'd shall do the same

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:38 1

6. sgodsell (Posts: 4754; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 15 Jul 2017, 02:32 1

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:05

5. Shubham412302 (Posts: 452; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I was thinking the same thing.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 11:29

9. MrShazam (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Jun 2017)


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

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 08:54 1

3. bucknassty (Posts: 141; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


not with ZTE and their budget phones

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 09:05

4. surethom (Posts: 925; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


No they are just hoping some people are gulable.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 11:08 1

7. Moose (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Jan 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 11:20

8. trojan_horse (Posts: 4647; Member since: 06 May 2016)


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

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 11:34

10. Deadeye37 (Posts: 186; Member since: 25 Jan 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 11:53 1

11. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 871; Member since: 20 Apr 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 12:10

12. gdawilson (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Jul 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!

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 12:29

13. ECPirate37 (Posts: 220; Member since: 14 Jul 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 14 Jul 2017, 13:20

14. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 421; Member since: 12 Jul 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.

posted on 15 Jul 2017, 07:26

19. Leo_MC (Posts: 2529; Member since: 02 Dec 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.

posted on 15 Jul 2017, 09:47

20. gotoAndDie (Posts: 54; Member since: 13 Jun 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

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 14:44

15. A_A_A (Posts: 78; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


Will be annoying. No way.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 20:25

16. CGBatch (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jul 2015)


This capitalist society has gone too far

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 22:46

17. skymitch89 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 05 Nov 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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