With carrier subsidies gone, users are left basically with two choices – installment plans or buying phones outright. The latter generally seems more appealing, since the former still ties you to the carrier for the duration of the plan. However, buying phones at full prices means paying lots of money upfront and in some cases even a mid-range offering might be too much for your budget to handle. Does it mean that you have to give up on the device you want? Of course not. That’s what deals are for and we have a new one for you today. Amazon now offers one more option to buy an unlocked smartphone even cheaper, if you don’t mind ads.
Amazon launches a new program for Prime members that allows users to grab phones for up to 50% off. There’s one condition, though.
How it works
That’s right, Amazon is willing to shave a few dozen bucks off the price of some of its phones if you agree to have Amazon apps and watch targeted ads on your handset. Actually, it’s not like you have to spend some extra time watching ads. The ads will be display on your lockscreen, so each time you unlock your phone you will see them whether you want it or not. If a particular ad looks interesting, you can tap for more information. If not, you can simply dismiss it by unlocking the phone the usual way. Sounds familiar? It might, since the program works in a similar manner to ads on Kindle.
The program is available only to Prime members and it’s optional – you can still buy phones without ads and Amazon software. You will be able to opt out of the program even if you buy a cheaper phone with ads and after some time decide that it’s too annoying. In this case, however, you will be charged a fee.
Phones for Sale
Initially Amazon is offering two phones to go with its program – the Moto G4 and BLU R1 HD. If you take advantage of the retailer’s deal, the Moto G4 will set you back just $149.99 or $179.99 for the 16GB and 32GB model, respectively. The BLU R1 HD’s regular price is $99.99, but Prime subscribers can have the phone for $49.99. Both devices will start shipping on July 12.
Announced in May, the Moto G4 offers a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, an octa-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of storage, both expandable up to 128GB via microSD. The phone also comes with 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, a massive 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging technology and near stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The BLU R1 HD, on the other hand, made its debut today. The device sports a 5-inch 720p screen at 294 ppi and comes in 1G of RAM / 8GB of memory and 2GB of RAM and 16GB of memory configurations. Both models are equipped with microSD slots for storage expansion. Powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz Mediatek 6735 chip, the handset also offers an 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie shooter, 2,500 mAh battery, LTE connectivity (with band 12 LTE promised for the future) and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
If you are in the market for a budget-friendly Android phone, Amazon’s offer might be worth looking into. Don’t forget, though, that in exchange for a lower price, you will have to handle a bunch of ads on your phone each day. If it’s not too much of an inconvenience for you, then the deal might be just what you need.