Amazon smartphone not coming this year and not for free

9th Sep 2013 | 04:04

Amazon smartphone not coming this year and not for free

The retail giant will add on a price tag - IF it launches the handset

Late last week, former Wall Street Journal reporters Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati wrote that according to people familiar with the matter, Amazon is looking into launching its phone for free.

Just two days after the initial report, according to Efrati on Lessin's blog, an Inc. spokesperson has said that the company would not launch an Amazon smartphone this year.

The report went on to say that "if it did launch one in the future, it 'would not be free'."

While this doesn't quite confirm the existence of an Amazon smartphone, the spokesperson doesn't outright deny that the retail giant may still be working on a handset either.

Not free, but still cheap?

Previous Amazon smartphone rumours have pegged the phone to retail at a very cheap $100-200 (around £60-120/AU$95-190).

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has shown that Amazon is capable of putting together smartphone-like hardware at below-$200 prices, and with the company set to launch the Kindle Fire HD 2, an Amazon smartphone for a low price isn't so far reaching.

Of course, as the spokesperson has seemingly squashed any hopes of seeing a handset this year, we'll have to take any news with grains of salt until Amazon comes out with an announcement of the smartphone's existence.

Via: The Next Web

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