News by Luke Jones on Wednesday November 26, 2014.
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The Fire Phone has been an unmitigated disaster from day one for Amazon and we have documented extensively on these pages just what a flop it has been. It seems as though the company has finally decided to concede defeat with the device and has drove the final nail into the coffin of the device with an, ahem, fire sale. The retails giant has decided to make its Fire Phone a full on budget phone.Amazon has cut the price of the 32GB of the handset to just $199 off contract and fully unlocked this Holiday Season. This is clearly a move for Amazon to shift its remaining inventory for the handset and once gone (if it does indeed sell) I expect that will be the last we see of the Fire Phone. The new price is certainly a far cry from the $649 off contract ($199 on contract) flagship matching price tag the handset had back when it launched exclusively with AT&T. Since then the Fire Phone has gone through quite a lot in less than six months, tumbling to $449 off contract and just $0.99 on a two year deal. This new deal is different territory and puts the Fire Phone at proper bargain basement prices, arguably a deal that is simply too good to pass up. It is worth remembering that the Fire Phone comes with free Amazon Prime membership for a year, which is worth $99 on its own. Sure the device had massive problems, too many gimmicks, and not enough appeal, but at the end of the day it is still a flagship device, with the specs to match. In fact, there is simply no other device at this price point that even comes close, the nearest we can think of is the $300 OnePlus One, if you can get one. Right now the Amazon Fire Phone is a cracking deal. It has a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM, and Adreno 330, 13 megapixel rear camera, and many more top shelf specs.
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