Bezos & Co has finally responded to rumours of an Amazon smartphone, but if you’re holding out for a Kindle-flavoured handset, it’s not necessarily good news.
A statement from the colossal online retailer and maker of the Kindle Fire tablet says it won’t release an Amazon smartphone this year, and when it does, it won’t be free.
That latter claim might sound a tad strange; why would we expect the Amazon smartphone to come sans charge?
Well, Amazon is responding specifically to an exclusive on Jessica Lessin’s site – a temporary space being used to report tech news while the former Wall Street Journal lady sorts out her new site.
In said exclusive, “people familiar with Amazon’s effort” revealed that the Amazon smartphone would be free with or without a new contract, though it wasn’t entirely clear how that would happen (a subscription to Amazon Prime being one suggestion).
In any case, it turns out the notion is off target, as an Amazon spokesperson later told Lady Lessin that there’ll be no Amazon smartphone “this year” (so next year, maybe?), and that it won’t be free.
I can’t figure out whether Lessin will have slightly embarrassed wee cheeks, or if she’ll be revelling in the inevitable publicity she’s just garnered for her new project. Probably the latter, eh?