If Amazon was after some free press last week, they definitely got a lot of it with the rumors that they were not just working on building their own phone, but that they’d also offer this device for free to Amazon Prime customers. We all know about the benefits of paying Amazon $80 a year in advanced, and it did make sense for the company to give a smartphone a try given their Android app store.
Sadly, an Amazon spokes person just came on record with the Wall Street Journal, and confirmed that the company is definitely not planning on building a phone in 2013. They also confirmed that if they ever do build a smartphone in the future, which also matches some rumors that the phone could be launched in 2014, then the device would not be free either.
Obviously this doesn’t really confirm that we’re ever getting a phone in 2014, and even if we did, we all know that the only reason we’d buy an Amazon phone is to root it. Sadly the Amazon user interface and ecosystem is not the best in the world, and proof of it is the low interest in the market for the Kindle Fire HD, even at its low price tag.
We’ll definitely keep you posted if something changes along the way.