Amazon: no smartphone this year, and it won’t be free

Amazon: no smartphone this year, and it won’t be freeBezos & 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?

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 14:09

I still don't see any point in an Amazon phone. At all.

umpteen  Sep. 9, 2013 at 15:20

Well that doesn't surprise. Your comments are negative towards most things that don't feature a fruity logo! Maybe take off your iBlinkers and you would begin to see a point.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 16:03

Well that doesn't surprise. Your comments are negative towards most things that don't feature a fruity logo! Maybe take off your iBlinkers and you would begin to see a point.

That is nonsense. You probably read what, 5 of my 15,000 posts?! Did miss where I'm not considering ANY iDevice that cannot be jailbreaked? Read the various posts where I say Android, on paper, is my favourite OS? Read where I explain that my issue with Android is mainly with Schmidt and Brin? Read where I have used a Nokia N9 since launch? Read where I compared Jobs' casual comments about Foxconn to people who point out that Ausschwitz had a pool and soccer pitch? Or Apple's eBook price fixing scam?
Etc Etc...

No, I guess not.

WHY can I not question Amazon without mentioning or implying anything about Apple?
It's obvious YOU have an issue.
My questioning the purpose of an Amazon phone has been shared by quite a few Android fans on this site and elsewhere. Amazon is all about content sales. They are no engineering company. Their appstore is handicapped. A small-ish phone is useless for eBooks; carriers won't support free browsing etc etc etc... Not to mention privacy concerns.

But yeah. I'm just a whiny Apple b*tch.

corgi74  Sep. 9, 2013 at 20:19

Well that doesn't surprise. Your comments are negative towards most things that don't feature a fruity logo! Maybe take off your iBlinkers and you would begin to see a point.

He joined specially for that.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 20:39

Well that doesn't surprise. Your comments are negative towards most things that don't feature a fruity logo! Maybe take off your iBlinkers and you would begin to see a point.

He joined specially for that.


Amazing!!!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1whpFEoMGpg/UACE6BNsdNI/AAAAAAAABzo/XUe3qOlyPjA/s1600/tumblr_m658w8fGEO1rnbq30.gif

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 21:34

Well that doesn't surprise. Your comments are negative towards most things that don't feature a fruity logo! Maybe take off your iBlinkers and you would begin to see a point.
HAHAHAHAHAHA

Stupid boy; Jan hates EVERYTHING.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 21:36

Well that doesn't surprise. Your comments are negative towards most things that don't feature a fruity logo! Maybe take off your iBlinkers and you would begin to see a point.

He joined specially for that.

I love it when that happens, more so when it's in response to something I've written. Just knowing I annoyed someone that much brings me a childish sense of satisfaction.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 21:59

Ironically, I win. He registered. He posted. He's secretly reloading this page until he's finetuned his cutting retort.

corgi74  Sep. 9, 2013 at 22:22

I bet he was already registered on here under another name.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 22:27

I could check. But I'm not that bored :p

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 22:33

I could check. But I'm not that bored :p
Why do you get all the cool toys :(?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 22:38

I could check. But I'm not that bored :p
Why do you get all the cool toys :(?


Pssst... I meant I could beg Emma to check :p

Seriously, we should be able to check IP addies

Stelph  Sep. 9, 2013 at 23:12

I could check. But I'm not that bored :p
Why do you get all the cool toys :(?


Pssst... I meant I could beg Emma to check :p

Seriously, we should be able to check IP addies


Jan I'm shocked, I'm going to start calling you Janstprism

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 23:22

http://i.imgur.com/NE4UM9m.gif

corgi74  Sep. 10, 2013 at 08:37

I'm still chuckling because he put the letter 'i' in front of a word to use it as an insult about Apple.
Genius!!
I can't believe nobody had ever done that before.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 11:00

iToo

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 11:31

I'm still chuckling because he put the letter 'i' in front of a word to use it as an insult about Apple.
Genius!!
I can't believe nobody had ever done that before.


Well, the NSA thinks we are ....
But if you want to know how the agency really feels about you, the average citizen, don't listen to the public statements. The NSA claims it's doing it all to protect Americans, but then goes and calls the majority of those Americans "zombies."

http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-NSA-Thinks-You-re-a-quot-Zombie-quot-for-Buying-a-Smartphone-That-s-so-Easy-to-Spy-on-381714.shtml

But then that is nothing new...

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