Update: It seems that the Fire Phone (32GB) is now listed as unavailable. Given that the stock situation, at the time of posting, was listed as “In stock but may require an extra 1-2 days to process” it appeared as if Amazon didn’t have the phone readily available at their main shipping centers.
As the device is now listed as “unavailable” as opposed to “out of stock” this could indicate all unsold inventory has now been fully depleted and thus customers interested in purchasing the Fire Phone will need for find alternative methods and retailers, such as eBay. It seems unlikely that the smartphone will be restocked in the future, however in the event it occurs we will be sure to update this story, or post a new one, to let readers know.
Original post follows:
When Amazon announced its Fire Phone a little over a year ago, it garnered a great deal of attention, for any number of reasons: It confirmed rumors that had been circulating since 2010, it had a unique “3D” type viewing experience, it allowed users to take a picture of any product and immediately find it at Amazon, it was exclusive to AT&T, and it was expensive. Very expensive. So expensive was it that many predicted it would flop upon release. And it did.
Amazon has now lowered the price of the 32GB Fire Phone even further, to a very impressive $130, unlocked. Not only does this make it cheaper than alternatives such as the Moto G, but it also comes with a free year of Amazon Prime. This in-and-of-itself is practically a steal, as Prime costs $99. In a sense, the proposition here is getting a phone for $31 depending how you look at things.
For those in need of a refresher, Amazon details the following specs for the device:
- 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM for ultra-fast app launch times and smooth multi-tasking
- Bright 4.7″ HD display
- 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization, HDR, and LED flash with unlimited free cloud storage for photos
- Amazon-exclusive features: Firefly, Mayday, Dynamic Perspective
- Over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps, and more
- Mayday – free, live on-device video support, 24×7, 365 days a year
- Limited-time offer: includes a full year of Amazon Prime
- U.S. compatibility: All GSM networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, and more. Not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint
Note that the 64GB variant is no longer listed as in-stock and thus only the 32GB option can be purchased.
Despite the fact that the tech press has panned the device almost universally, Customer Review scores on Amazon, of which there are almost 10,000, are mostly quite positive. In fact, 50% have given the device 5 out of 5 stars. While clearly not for everyone, there is no denying that those who did purchase the Fire Phone and reviewed it are basically quite happy.
While it remains to be seen if Amazon will ever release a follow-up – Jeff Bezos himself had suggested it at one point- now is as good a time as any to purchase the device given the price tag. Potentially it could make for a good back-up phone, or as a main unit for a younger member of the family, or older.
Does this new price point make the Fire Phone more enticing to any of you out there? If you would buy it, for whom would you give it to? Does Amazon need to cut the price to $99? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!