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Amazon wants to give away its smartphone free of charge

By Shawn Knight · 15 replies
Sep 7, 2013
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  1. Amazon’s oft rumored smartphone could eventually arrive as a freebie. That’s right, Amazon is reportedly considering giving their smartphone away free of charge according to unnamed sources as reported by former Wall Street Journal reporters Amir Efrati and Jessica E....

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,046   +1,381

    Well im a happy prime suscriber, so if it had something to do with that id be awesome.
    At the same time I feel bad giving amazon business, as they are still knocking over competition (geeks.com :( )
  3. They must be making big $$ on Kindle fire and have found selling hardware at cost or below means profits after sale. Give away the phone and make $$ afterward.
  4. Tokido

    Tokido TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Free phones? Yes please.
  5. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I'm interested to see what they do in the market?
    Will the phones be unlocked?
    Will the lock screen display ads on free phones?
    Will the phone have a version of Kindle Fire instead of regular Android etc?

    Oh and will they do a watch?! :p (okay I'm 1/4th joking on that one)
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    If the monthly bill is free, I'll take it.
  7. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 141   +25

    I just went to geeks.com. I didn't know they've closed their online stores...
    ikesmasher likes this.
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,481   +975

    The smartphone cost is not the issue for many. It is the cost of data and cellular service.
  9. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,606   +278

    I'd buy that for a dollar. But free is better. :)
  10. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    Maybe they will sell it at breakeven like the Kindle, but not free, no way. I can't see them doing that at all.
  11. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,839   +193

    Yeah, but what's the catch? Read the fine print. Always a catch with these companies. I am about to drop my Amazon Prime, the service is not 100% more like 75% and I don't own a Kindle just over 45 Android Tablets and Smartphone This is my online business programming in Android since 2010.

    I see there is a limit to the number of open/read kindle books on Android devices I own. If I pay for the kindle books I should be able to access them on all devices. I gives failed to download messages. Reason I have exceeded my book views.
  12. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    A better deal for those on welfare other than the Iphone 5C, better get on it !
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,633   +97

  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    And the smarter the phone, the more the data & cellular service costs.
    We, as the consumer, are not supposed to win, that belongs to to company & shareholders.
    Ever tried your luck in Vegas?
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    I can see a lot of teary eyed readers. Remember that saying about "free lunches?". It still holds true.
  16. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 141   +25

    What luck? :)

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