Amazon Fire Phone for $159, includes one year of Prime


#1

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#2

I would just pay for the year of prime


#3

What don’t you like about the phone? I’ve heard good things about it. Is there a $59 smart phone that you could recommend instead?


#4

If it’s anything like the Kindle Fire, then I don’t like Amazon’s ecosystem. It’s great for books, and… that’s pretty much it, in my experience. That’s fine for a Kindle Fire in the sense that I mainly read books on it, but if the Fire phone is at all the same in that regard, I don’t want it. Also, my Kindle Fire was kind of shoddy, it has had the (apparently very common) issue of headphones not working properly. Where I (just started) work, I’ve been told we get a lot of people bringing in their Kindles with issues not long after buying them.

I’ll wait for Amazon to address the app issue, and then I’ll consider it.


#5

“Not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint”

Well, that leaves me out.


#7

i’d buy one if they’d make that offer available in canada. (hint hint amazon web parsing robot overlords)


#8

Can you nuke it and stick cyanogenmod or some other android variant on it (without simultaneously nuking your “agreement” with amazon) so you’re not stuck with [carrier], especially when out of the country, or so you can get rid of whatever pre-selected ‘can’t delete’ apps amazon and/or google have chosen for you? If so, this is a great deal. Otherwise, locked phones are locked phones, and this may work for you but not for me.


#9

Basically it is like a Kindle tablet (like the Fire), only smaller. Which means that it isn’t stock Android and feels a bit “off” if you aren’t used to Amazon’s version of Android. But no more off than say, a Samsung Galaxy, at least to me.


#10

“a replacement phone for when my daughter drops her iPhone in the toilet”

That’ll teach her to keep better care of her phones!


#11

No ROMs, but you can now load Google Play, and thus get outside Amazon’s ecosystem. It isn’t carrier locked, just GSM, so T-Mobile or ATT in the USA.


#12

And sale is over.


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