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joel125
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joel125,
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6/18/2014 | 5:44:04 PM
HAHAHA
No thanks Amazon...You just work on getting more products on Prime status...I hate waiting for stuff in the mail.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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6/18/2014 | 7:09:51 PM
Pricey

That's little pricey if you ask me. Keeping it around $100 would have been better I think and being exclusive with AT&T is a mistake, IMO.

Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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6/18/2014 | 7:13:49 PM
Shakes things up
The Fire Phone is clearly a ploy to rope more shoppers into the Amazon ecosystem. But I wouldn't underestimate the power of the Amazon brand. The phone does have some unique features (Firefly, Prime, Dynamic Perspective) and perks like free Prime for a year. The smartphone market is brutal but it's getting predictable. This is a nice jolt. I am surprised by the high prices given Amazon's proud history of keeping prices down. The AT&T-only service is a head-scratcher too, but I'm sure Amazon will expand quickly if things go well. 
zaious
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zaious,
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6/19/2014 | 12:56:14 AM
Re: Shakes things up
I also believe Amazon will need some other partner carrriers in addition to AT&T. Nokia selected AT&T as the exclusive carrier for some quarters hoping that AT&T will push the sales through its channels. However, it did not do good for Nokia. There will be many potential customers who would like to buy one but will not get one just because of being non-AT&T subscribers. This phone is not something that will push herds of people to jump to AT&T. Exclusive contracts do have perks but will it outweigh the cost of losing non-AT&T enthusiasts?
JonNLakeland
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JonNLakeland,
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6/19/2014 | 8:50:23 AM
Re: Pricey
If you consider the free year of prime as coming off the price, it basically is $100. The kind of person who will be interested in an Amazon branded phone is also the kind of person for whom spending the $100 on Prime is a forgone conclusion.
Kristin Burnham
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6/19/2014 | 10:07:41 AM
Not convinced
Sure, Amazon is an easy and convenient way to shop, especially if you're a Prime customer. But I'm not sure that's enough to entice iPhone users and other Android users to switch. This kind of feels like the rumored Facebook phone -- an entire ecosystem designed around one product.
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jastroff,
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6/19/2014 | 10:30:23 AM
Re: Not convinced
>> Firefly uses the Fire Phone's main camera to recognize objects and text or language. Think of it as a barcode scanner on steroids


Well, we didn't think they would solve world peace. But we did expect a bit more in terms of functionality
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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6/19/2014 | 10:43:15 AM
Data usage
I can't believe no one commented on the incredible amount of data this device will use. It's fine if you are at home on WiFi, but using your phone for all these things on the road will jack your usage right past your monthly allowance, raising your mobile bill.

I have to say that if I was at home, I have tablets that do most of those things already.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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6/19/2014 | 11:27:50 AM
Re: Data usage
Interesting point, though there are a lot of unlimited data packages appearing now. 

That said, I think only the video streaming is going to make that much of a dent in your bandwidth. Looking up products or bar code scanning isn't going to be too problematic I don't think. 
DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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6/19/2014 | 12:13:00 PM
All day Amazon?
There are many mentally disturbed people that watch QVC all day long.  These are prime prospects for this phone.
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