Amazon Fire Phone hits its lowest price yet; are you swayed?


There are no two ways about it: Amazon screwed up the Fire Phone’s launch. Blame the carrier exclusivity, blame the hardware itself, or blame the higher-than-anticipated price tag – whatever the reason, Amazon took a swing and missed. But in the months since, the company has seems like it might have learned a thing or two from its experience, acknowledging pricing problems, broadening carrier support, and delivering a battery-improving software update. Back around Black Friday we saw Amazon make the Fire Phone available for a steal, slashing pricing to an affordable $200. While that deal didn’t last, now there’s an even better one available, as Amazon offers the unlocked 32GB Fire Phone for just about $190.

Considering that this is a smartphone that’s only now pushing six months old, that’s a hell of a bargain – even considering the Fire Phone’s maligned reputation. The deal is only made more attractive when you consider how a purchase of the Fire Phone brings with it one year of Amazon Prime membership. With that worthy nearly $100 itself, you’re essentially getting a 4.7-inch 720p, Snapdragon 800-powered smartphone for $90.

OK, so maybe the $10 additional savings isn’t a game-changer, but we’d even be happy to see that $200 deal return. No, the Fire Phone isn’t suddenly a hugely desirable handset, nor does the low price do anything to fix issues like the lack of Google integration long-term Android users will expect. But if you’re already looking for a sub-$200 smartphone, you could do a lot worse.

Source: Amazon
Via: Android Central

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!