Word on the street is that Amazon will be offering its Kindle smartphone for free. Sounds too good to be true though that is what the Wall Street Journal would like to believe Amazon is up to with its smartphone venture. The online retailer has for long been linked to developing a smartphone of its own though things have been kept privy so far.
So much that no one is absolutely sure if Amazon is indeed into developing such a device though there have often been rumors of Amazon trying out a glasses free 3D display for its smartphone.
However, the latest rumor is a bit too far stretched as it even claims there will be no carrier obligation as well. Amazon is known to play the price card really well though doling out a smartphone complete free is a completely different ball game. Carriers always subsidize their smartphones though there is always a 2 year contact to agree to.
Let’s not forget it was Amazon that had created the budget tablet segment with the Kindle Fire tablet range. The Kindle Fire was the first tablet from a reputed company to sport a price tag as affordable as $199, a price point that many a manufacturer followed suit with.
Other bits that can be speculated is that the Amazon smartphone will run an Android version though it will be safe to assume it will be heavily worked upon to be aligned with the Amazon ecosystem. Amazon will surely like to recover the cost of manufacturing the device by selling any of its services. That is exactly how Amazon has been able to make money out of its tablet venture though applying the same strategy with its smartphone offering could be far too risky. Sure there will be no dearth of takers for an Amazon smartphone when offered free though it will have to reach a really wider user base to recover the costs.
What do you guys think of it? Will Amazon really offer a smartphone completely free?