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.