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Of course Amazon — the king of online retailers — is where you can buy a new Amazon Fire Phone. They have a pre-order page up and ready for you so that you can have the Fire Phone in your hands the very day it's released.

The pricing is as follows:

It's not quite the inexpensive phone many were expecting, but it is a feature-rich device with a reportedly great camera that should match up well against the current crop of "flagship" phones from other manufacturers. And you get 12 months of Amazon Prime membership free ($99 value).

If you're enticed by what you've seen today, and are ready, hit the source link below.

Source: Amazon

 

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Pre-order the Amazon Fire Phone direct from Amazon, starting at $199

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Nothing compelling or stand out features that justify the off contract price PLUS is a forked Android phone....pass

well... Fire phone? You're fired!

What kind of idiot was responsible for the marketing of this phone?

No Verizon? They don't want the other half of the use cellular market or something?

Pricing... wow... even flagship phones from other manufacturers don't cost that much.

Really?

What will Donald Trump say?

Starting a sentence with AND?

"And you get 12 months of Amazon Prime membership free ($99 value)."

Jeeze dude, go back to journalism school or take a basic English 101 class.

I'm looking but all I see are a few jackass comments and a so-called journalist named Jerry who has more misspellings in his articles than a 3rd grade book report.

These two words may be used in expressions. "Jeez" and "Geez" are the most common spellings but there is no exact spelling because these words are used informally and are not found in dictionaries.

As opposed to what? The Oxford Dictionary that doesn't have either word in it? lol...if it's not in the dictionary I believe I can spell it however the fuck I want!

What sentence fragment? Microsoft Word approved it and so did Google so unless they're both wrong, and they're not, guess who the jackass is now. :)

Please, point out the subject in "Starting a sentence with AND?" You can pretend that you're diagramming sentences like a second-grader if you'd like.

I'm not getting paid to write am I? :) Nope, but Jerry is. I expect better (or at the VERY least competence) from someone getting paid good money to write grammatically correct sentences. See, that's why this place has gone to hell, morons like you are find with sub-standard journalism.

I don't believe we've ever had the pleasure of talking on the forums. I do, however, take offense to your poor journalistic methods on this site. It's offensive and you're clearly lacking compared to your contemporaries.

I take offense from you for pointing out poor journalistic methods when your not a journalist yourself. When you become one and win a Pulitzer prize for your work, then and only then will you be taken serious by anyone here. AND if your offended by any of this, I suggest you take it up with your local politician so the PC police can slap you.

Get back to me when you can use the proper form of your/you're in your first sentence. Until then shut the fuck up!

Using all caps on the internet is the equivalent of yelling, yet you didn't use an exclamation point. Guess who fails now? That's right. YOU!!!

Xanax can and will do wonders for you. AND please for the sake of your brain cells, lay off the coffee and get a good nights sleep...or a girlfriend...either or.

Okay, let's break this down...
Nearly every other smartphone flagship is exactly this price, if not more.
The 'idiots' that made this phone are probably among the same crop that made the Kindle Fire, which has been selling like hotcakes since it was released, so I think they have a clue on what they're doing.
No Verizon you say? Maybe they need to test the waters and don't want to have to stock the inventory to sell on multiple carriers. Most newcomers to the phone market start at ATT and branch from there (Apple, Microsoft, etc etc)
Donald Trump would probably say "Good job Amazon, don't listen to that moron on AC"

But it's not a flagship. It barely competes with a Nexus, which is half the price. It's a niche phone dressed up like a flagship. I don't argue that this wouldn't be useful to some people, but it's not going to sell by the truckload like an iPhone, Galaxy, or even their own Kindle Fire.

Secondly, the problem I have with it is that it's an ecosystem that's too late to the game. Nothing you've bought on the Play store will work on this phone, meaning you'll have to buy things again on their amazon store. I know some people have been using it already, but not for EVERYTHING. And if they hope to steal customers from Apple and Samsung, they've already lost. No one is going to reinvest in all of their apps on a different ecosystem. "But what about new customers to the smartphone game?" Again, their exclusivity hurts them here because it's not available to every pair of hands they want, and even if they did, it's still overpriced.

Thanx Jerry. We use LTE bands 3 (1800 Meg) and 28 (700Meg) here in New Zealand. Though I'm not holding much hope out for those band s on the fone..

Update :Specs include UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation. Battery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.

Looks we're covered at least for the 1800Meg band

Also just to add, unless you are invested in Amazon apps why on earth would you buy this device off contract over anything Android?, obviously think they are Apple here.. With a much weaker ecosystem
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True, but on the other hand, they've already sold millions and millions of Kindle Fire devices over the last few years. The pool of customers who are already pretty deeply invested in the Amazon app ecosystem is not small.

What I'd like to see (and what I'm sure we will see if sales aren't good) is a decent Amazon app store credit with the purchase of one of these phones. I could re-purchase all of the paid apps that I really give a shit about (i.e., utilities and games that I play really frequently) with a $50 app store credit, and I think even most power users could as well.

D.O.A !! They may have stood a chance with a Nexus pricing strategy!! I for one certainly won't be buying.

Question time:
One Plus or Fire Phone? Hater ignore everything about the companies and just concentrate on the phone.

OnePlus One. Hands down.
1. GOOGLE
2. CyanogenMod + almost stock Android
3. Same MP count camera (Sony)
4. Almost certainly better battery life
5. 1080p screen
6. Swappable backs
7. Capacitive or on-screen buttons
8. Half the cost

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My excitement for this phone is nonexistent. It may fare well on name alone but other than that.....not so much

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Why the heck would you buy this over an S5 or even an iphone 5s for that matter? Amazon prime.....that's going to eat up your data cap so that means nothing to me. This is not a premium phone but it's at a premium price. I think a lot of these features will be viewed as gimmicky by people and I just don't see it making any headway. And to not have it on Verizon is a pretty big mistake in my mind. I don't see anything here that would convert an iphone or android user. Having a successful phone is not as easy as having a successful tablet. I don't see this ending well for amazon.

With preorders open, they will soon learn what an elevator fart they released today.

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Some very interesting features. The price might be a little prohibitive, I love the year free prime selling point.

why would i buy this when I can buy myself an LG G2 for $400 with a bigger battery, larger and sharper display, and a proper android os?

Wow that off contract price is insane. Any idea if it'll be coming to Canada? I don't believe there's Amazon Prime Video/Music here so not sure what the point of this phone would be in this market.

No google play store or apps, right? That is a total killer right there, right next to the price, ATT and 720p rez. Some neat features tho. Hopefully they get copied over to google phones eventually

Another point, wouldn't you be better off buying a cheap ass Blackberry Z10 seeing as the Amazon App store it going to be on all BlackBerry devices when the new OS drop's?

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I feel like the actual price completely negates the entire vision amazon had when they made the kindle fire

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It only comes to $816.41 out the door.. free and clear.
Glass panes, metal construction and 64 Gb of "Onboard" storage.. Man you guys are hard to please.

Are you insane? 720p screen. Gimmicky 3D stuff that would annoy just about any sane person. No Google play or services. List goes on. Shall we proceed?

I'm sorry but I just don't see any compelling reason to buy this device. The off contact price is just too high. I don't care what it's made of or how much memory is on it. People are not going to switch to AT&T for this phone and those who are (like myself) probably won't add a line to get one either. Not at $200 anyways. I'm a Prime member too but not interested in a forked Android device without Play store. Amazon has always made pretty savvy business decisions but IMO this isn't one of them. YMMV though.
From the Death Star using my LG G2

I was hyped till I heard this was exclusive to At&t. If an unlocked version that's fully compatible with T-Mo, then I may be interested...I like FireOS on my HDX.

Man that sucks that its Amazon. I wish it was a Facebook phone because they're the best ones to buy after they fail. I have a Note 3 but if something happens to my phone or anything I have my facebook phone as a backup using Nova Launcher with Viby icon pack of course. You can still use your Android apps. It seems so stupid to buy Android apps off of Amazon when those exact same apps are on Android, plus millions more. Why buy the same Android apps twice from a crippled Android store ? I bet bing is the default search engine.

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Unfortunately the off contract price is too high and I'm not willing to get sucked back into that method of marketing, maybe they'll rethink their approach.

The on contract price needs to be the off contact price, then we can talk. No one should pay a penny for phones that are tired to a two year contract.

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Lot of money for off contract should have stuck with the Kindle fire kinda prices

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If one lives in the Amazon “ecosystem,” and does not view cell phones mainly through the lens of specs, then this phone can be quite appealing. At least the phone starts off with 32GB of storage, which is nice.

However, it seems to have the “no-SD card, no-removable battery” setup, which isn’t so nice.

As to those who worry about the Amazon fork for the phone OS, I would be surprised if this phone did not have a root process/exploit and the ability to add Google Play onto the phone shortly after the phone actually ships.

Once again Jerry and his dumbass headlines. Saying you can preorder it for $199 automatically implies the phone BY ITSELF is $199 but that's not the case. I hope they fire your dumbass.