Fire Phone dropped to $199 unlocked.

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    Seems like a desperation move on Amazon's part.
     
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    At that price I'd pick one up, shame its still £499 on Amazon.co.uk
     
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    Just came to post this. At this price I might pick one up. It's a powerful device for just $199 and fully unlocked now for all carriers.
     
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    I really was thinking about it, but I have a few apps that are android/IOS only. Moviepass is one of them =/
     
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    Can you side load apps or root the phone? Without much of the google experience I think its seriously hamstrung, and even at 199, its not worth it.
     
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    Looks like you're right, no Google apps = no buy. I suppose they'll still sell a lot of these at this price to casual users and big fans of Amazon content.
     
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    I think it could be a success for Amazon customers, and with the new price point it could help, but for most people, its still a bad option imo
     
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    With locked bootloader, it's not much use even with that price.
     
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    This is the price it should have been at launch. Now, it's lost in the crowd.
     
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    You can sideload apps as long as you have the apk for it. I've seen it in action.
     
  12. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    Drop it to $99, then I'll be interested. I had an opportunity to get one in mint condition for $140 last week, and passed on it. For $200, I'd rather get another mint condition Moto X + accessories.
     
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    No, no rom support as of now.
     
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    With such a low amount of phones sold in the wild, chances aren't good for ROM support.
     
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    Predicted this would happen the minute this came out. Glad to see I was right. I can see this being another HP Touchpad. I expect dev support to pick up a lot. Basically nexus 5 specs for almost half the price. I can see it being a good starter phone for a teenager as well. Has the essentials such as facebook, twitter, pinterest etc. as well as the popular casual titles.
     
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    ^Good old hp touchpad ;)

    Anyone know if you can get google play on it somehow?
     
  18. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    If Amazon had priced the phone at $199 and unlocked more would have been receptive to their phone. I also believe they should have sold a service similar to Walmart's Straight Talk for a flat monthly fee. The phone is basically a portal to their store.

    As shrewd and forward thinking as Jeff Bezos is, i'm still puzzled why he totally missed the plot. :confused:
     
  19. burgman macrumors 65816

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    Since $99 for one year of Amazon Prime is included there is your price point. If you use Prime.
     
  20. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    I have prime anyway. And 100bucks for a backup phone/android toy with 32GB sounds really good.

    Is it compatible with all android apps?
     
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    Haha, damn - when those things dropped we sold a crap ton of them when I worked at Best Buy....

    I just bought one to check it out. Can return it if need be. Figure why not right?
     
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    yea for $100 (if prime is worth something to you) should be able to find something worthwhile to do with it ;)
     
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    Yup! So does it just add a free year to your account even if you already have prime? Like I won't have to pay to renew next year?
     
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    thats what I read yea :)
     
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    Yep. Can confirm. I picked up one over the weekend. Hopefully can have a bootloader unlocked soon :)
     

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