Amazon is no longer selling the Fire Phone

by: Jimmy WestenbergSeptember 9, 2015
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After seemingly endless pricing cutbacks throughout the past year or so, it’s looking like Amazon’s Fire Phone is finally becoming extinguished. According to GeekWire, Amazon has stopped sales of the Fire Phone, most likely for good.

The product page on Amazon’s website lists the phone as unavailable, with a comment that reads “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock”. Not only that, a spokeswoman recently told GeekWire that the company sold out of its supply of Fire Phones in the U.S. and globally at the end of August. Now, there’s always a slight possibility that Amazon could get more in stock, but given the recent circumstances, that’s probably not going to happen.

The Fire Phone hasn’t ever been a hit among consumers, and that’s been made incredibly apparent by the fact that the company wrote off $170 million last October due to poor Fire Phone sales. This statistic coupled with weak penetration into the mainstream smartphone market led to dozens of layoffs of engineers that worked on the Fire Phone in Lab126, the company’s hardware development center.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these devices before they’re gone for good, you can still find them on eBay for just over $130 with a full year of Amazon Prime.

  • Eyro

    So why was this phone such a flop?

    • neonix

      Basically, it offered nothing that consumers want.

      — Launched with a way too high price tag of $200 on-contract and $650 unlocked
      — Specs were way too low for such a high price (only 720p screen and 2GB of RAM)
      — No “cool factor” and no real standout features
      — The 3D display thing was seen as a worthless gimmick
      — Design is ugly as hell, or if we want to be generous, we could say it’s simply boring or plain
      — GSM only, so that automatically cut out tons of potential buyers.

      There’s simply nothing enticing about an ugly mid-range phone with a flagship price. Nobody wanted to take the plunge.

      And by the time they started cutting the price, it was already way too late to save it. It failed to attract consumer attention and the price cuts just confirmed it as a flop, which made it even less appealing.

      • TDN

        — GSM only, so that automatically cut out tons of potential buyers.

        Not only was it GSM only, for quite a while it was AT&T only, even if you bought it off contract.

    • Karly Johnston

      Because no one wants a crippled Android fork with half a dozen cameras staring at you.

  • KeyserSoze

    Cricket chirps…
    Because no one really cares.

  • Rick_Deckard

    We consurmers cannot burn our money with FIRE… lmao