Amazon Fire Phone Debuts as AT&T Exclusive, Available to Pre-Order Now

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PCWolf

Unless you are always buying things from Amazon, this phone is pretty much a device to get you to buy stuff at Amazon. WIll prob annoy you every time you take a picture of something & having the phone ask you if you want to "search for it on Amazon.com?" Also, forget about downloading anything from the Google Play Store. This phone only downloads Apps from the Amazon App store. I still don't understand why Amazon would be stupid enough to limit this phone only to AT&T. They would make more money if they allowed all carriers to have this Amazon Store Phone.

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The Mac

The boys over at XDA will root it im sure and slap play on it.

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MaximumMike

XDA is awesome for stuff like that.

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Benjo

Interesting only if you are heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem. I can wait until it is a 99 cent phone and it still includes the 1 year membership to Prime.

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twistedcross

This phone is garbage. It's specs are last-year Samsung. It's only available on the worst carrier in the world. It locks you into the Amazon ecosystem. Strike 1... Strike 2... and you're out of here...

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Better to be locked into the Windows ecosystem? Or Apple's?

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dgrmouse

That video cracked me up... A bunch of developers talking about using the API, as though they are changing the world with something new and magical. Then, the camera pans and you see that they're talking about Angry Birds and Centipede.

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ram1220

So this phone is $199 if you buy two? Or is that $199 if you sign a two year agreement?

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wolfing

$199 with a 2 year contract

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ram1220

When I first read about this I was a bit excited until I read the part about AT&T exclusive. That just ruined it for me. Not interested.

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MaximumMike

Ultimately, that will ruin it for a lot of people, leading to the inevitable failure of this device.

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lostcause64

Make that 2 of us...

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tatsujin

Avoid this garbage. 650 USD outside of contract is stupid expensive. Better phones than this garbage is Nexus 5, the soon-to-release Nexus 6 (phone) and OnePlusOne which is half the price of this garbage phone, better features including 0.3 Ghz, 3GB Ram running DDR3 technology, bigger screen, and better OS and has a micro SD slot.

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TheMissingPiece

If anything, the AT&T exclusive will kill this. It killed (or at least hindered) the Moto X, and it will do the same to the Fire Phone.

It looks pretty good though, definitely a unique take on a cell phone. My only worry is that the phone seems to encourage you to buy more things, a bit too much, and with that, you'd think they'd subsidize the price, making up for it in selling goods and content.

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jgrimoldy

Agreed about some sort of a subsidy.

It's just odd... even with (what Apple would tout as REVOLUTIONARY) Dynamic Perspective and Firefly, it's just an incremental advance in smartphone... It's really meh...

When, though, is the word "phone" going to be dropped from the device's designation/description? It seems that telephony is becoming a less utilitzed/touted feature in these devices.

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jgrimoldy

The Dynamic Perspective sounds sort of neat, but the device, on the whole, sounds terrifyingly invasive.

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vrmlbasic

Amazon needs to hire some new talent in their product naming division as whoever they have now can't seem to get past "fire".

Reading this I'm not seeing what they're doing that other Android phone makers, and google itself, aren't already doing.

When will Amazon announce whether or not this phone has microSD?

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MaximumMike

Branding is important to every company. And apparently "fire" is a brand that Amazon is trying to build. I'm not sure what's so surprising about that.

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btdog

I'm just worried that if they get into the business of building trucks there could be a lot of confusion!

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LatiosXT

Then ask Google why they keep using "Nexus", why Apple keeps using the "i" moniker even though it's meaningless now, and why every Samsung device is a "Galaxy".

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vrmlbasic

Maybe they ought to hire new "namers" too :)

Naming the phone the Fire when the Kindle Fire already exists doesn't seem wise to me.

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LatiosXT

The phone is named Firefly, according to the rest of the gadget press.

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The Mac

Firefly is the name of their imaging software, not the phone. a handset with this moniker already exsists.

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MaximumMike

Stupid stupid stupid. I thought this was a great idea until I realized that Amazon crippled themselves by making this device an ATT exclusive. I thought device manufacturers were past making bone headed mistakes like this one. Here's to the failure of what could have otherwise been an awesome device.

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wkwilley2

It's just too bad that they made this an AT&T exclusive.

Even if the phone performs exceptionally well, the network experience will be poor at best.