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03-11-2013, 02:44 PM #1
Amazon's Smartphone Challenge to iPhone Delayed
Talk of an Amazon-branded smartphone project has lingered in the tech blogosphere for more than two years now. When MMi was last privy to insider chatter about the rumored smartphone, the suggestion was that Amazon and Foxconn (the same Foxconn that brings iPhones to life) would partner to produce the online retailer's first smartphone sometime during the early months of 2013.
Unfortunately for those awaiting the arrival of the Amazon phone, a new report issued Monday by Sammi Huang and Steve Shen of DigiTimes indicates that the wait isn't quite over yet,
Citing sources in the "flat panel supply chain," they report the "smartphone is still under its engineering verification test (EVT) period due to issues related to its mobile platform."
As a direct result of this critical setback, the Amazon smartphone may not be ready for rollout until at least June. Early summer, however, is also the time that Apple is expecting to release the new iPhone 5S.
"It's smart for Amazon to get its software perfect before releasing a phone," observes Jay Yarow of Silicon Alley Insider. "It's going to launch into a very crowded market: iOS and Android dominate, but Microsoft and Blackberry both have very good platforms vying for third place."
03-11-2013, 04:08 PM #2
Jeff B. 2 words, thin bezel. Just sayin...
03-11-2013, 05:56 PM #3
I have 3 words....Better Plan Pricing
Seriously, we need to get much better cell phone pricing plans out there, it would be great if Amazon could negotiate a truly unlimited data plan, with unlimited talk and text for around $30 per month for the first line and $10 for each additional line (up to say 6 lines total or so), add an additional $5 for unlimited international.
This would kill pretty much every other device there is out there.
03-11-2013, 07:14 PM #4
03-11-2013, 08:44 PM #5
This made me laugh......."When MMi was last privy to insider chatter about the rumored smartphone, the suggestion was that Amazon and Foxconn (the same Foxconn that brings iPhones to life) would partner to produce the online retailer's first smartphone sometime during the early months of 2013."
Like MMI is privy to anything other than rumors. You guys are not even the first site to get JB info anymore.
03-12-2013, 11:55 AM #6
Mustard05, i see you took the time to contribute nothing more than disrespect. Your family must be proud of you.
Cmwade77, Amazon would have no say in a carrier's service pricing. The only thing that will bring down service pricing is competition between carriers. If you want to see lower prices overall then all you can do is protest by not paying for it, or by switching to the cheapest carrier.
If no one buys into their cruel pricing scheme then they'll be forced to lower their prices.