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Would You Buy A Smartphone From Amazon?

Submitted by on July 8, 2012 – 9:44 am3 Comments
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Following the success of their Kindle Fire, Amazon is rumored to be developing a smartphone. Bloomberg reports that “two sources with knowledge on the matter” claim the company, until recently best known as an online retailer for books, is working on a device to compete with Android and the iPhone.

Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. (2038), the Chinese mobile- phone maker, is working with Amazon on the device, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. Amazon is seeking to complement the smartphone strategy by acquiring patents that cover wireless technology and would help it defend against allegations of infringement, other people with knowledge of the matter said.

While the Bloomberg article focuses on patent protection, it also notes that a smartphone would give AmazonĀ ”a wider range of low-priced hardware devices that bolster its strategy of making money from digital books, songs and movies.” This is probably at the core of any decision about hardware made by Amazon, a company so eager to sell its own digital content that it is rumored to lose anywhere from $20-50 on every Kindle sold. And while e-readers like the Kindle Fire sometimes get left at home, a smartphone would almost always be with a consumer, providing the constant possibility of content sales.

What do you think? Would you buy an Amazon smartphone?

[via Wired]

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3 Comments »

  • Mdgeek says:

    No! I will not buy Amazon phone. They already have way too much of my info to tie up to mobile phone too.
    Second, it will hurt their other business line as the manufacturers will see amazon as a competitor instead of partner.

  • Butch_Z says:

    Yes! Would definitely buy an Amazon phone. The Kindle E-reader I have is an excellent product. I’ve heard nothing but good things about its Kindle tablet. So, no reason that an Amazon phone would be top-notch AND affordable. (Maybe they should look into purchasing T-Mobile.) App developers would have a new place for revenue with a new OS. Maybe Amazon can cut a better deal for developers than Apple, Google, RIM, or MS.

  • Well yes I would buy an Amazon smartphone, why not?
    After all, it is so convenient to shop at Amazon especially when it is a product sold directly by Amazon.
    Amazon is a great place to buy gadgets.

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