Amazon offloading Fire Phone stock with $199 off-contract price
Amazon isn't exactly setting the world on fire with its Fire Phone. We didn't think the "gimmicky and overpriced phone" was worth picking up in our review, and the company is doing away with the second part of that issue now, as it has dropped the off-contract price to US$199.
When the phone was first introduced, Amazon was selling it on-contract with AT&T exclusively in the US and off-contract for a whopping $650. It later dropped the SIM-free price to $450, and it seems that wasn't enough to offload stock, as it has discounted the device even further.
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This unlocked version supports any GSM network such as AT&T and T-Mobile. Popular US-based CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint will not be able to take advantage of this deal. Users are required to have their own plans set up already, and will need to simply drop their SIM cards into the device in order to use it.
Another interesting part of this deal is that it includes a one-year membership to Amazon Prime, which retails for $99 on its own. Essentially, that means the phone will cost $100 for buyers who were planning on picking up a subscription anyway.
Price drop or not, you're definitely going to want to make sure to really read through our review, because the device does have some problems (like no Google apps or compelling unique features). Still, for $199 with that Prime Membership, it is a massive drop, and it definitely makes the Fire Phone at least worth some consideration.