Amazon wants to give away its smartphone free of charge

Shawn Knight

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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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ikesmasher

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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 :( )
 
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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.
 

MrAnderson

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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)
 

Khanonate

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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 :( )
I just went to geeks.com. I didn't know they've closed their online stores...
 
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Jad Chaar

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

danhodge

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

tipstir

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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.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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