Amazon smartphone not coming this year and not for free

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Late last week, former Commercial Journal press reporters Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati wrote that according to individuals acquainted with the issue, Amazon is exploring introducing its phone totally free.

Just 2 days after the preliminary report, according to Efrati on Lessin’s blog, an Inc. spokesperson has actually said that the company wouldn’t introduce an Amazon smartphone this year.

The report went on to state that “if it did introduce one in the future, it ‘wouldn’t be free of cost’. “

While this does not quite verify the existence of an Amazon smartphone, the spokesperson does not straight-out deny that the retail giant could still be working on a mobile either.

Not free, but still cheap?

Previous Amazon smartphone rumors have actually pegged the phone to retail at an extremely cheap $100-200 (around ₤ 60-120 / AU$ 95-190).

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has actually shown that Amazon can assembling smartphone-like hardware at below-$200 rates, and with the business set to launch the Kindle Fire HD 2, an Amazon smartphone for a low rate is not really so far reaching.

Of course, as the representative has relatively squashed any hopes of seeing a smartphone this year, we will have to take any information with grains of salt until Amazon comes out with an announcement of the smartphone’s existence.

Via: The Next Web