New Amazon Prime Benefit: Up to 50 Percent Off Android Phones

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The new phones come unlocked and without a contract commitment, which gives you the option of switching between wireless carriers and service options.

Amazon Prime just became a lot more valuable.

The e-commerce giant announced a new perk of Prime membership this week:

Amazon Prime members can now take advantage of exclusive pricing — up to 50 percent off the full retail price — on a selection of newly released, fully featured, unlocked Android smartphones.

For example:

  • The all-new BLU R1 HD is $49.99 ($50 off its retail price of $99.99).
  • The new fourth-generation Motorola Moto G is $149.99 ($50.00 off its retail price of $199.99).

Both models are now available for pre-order at amazon.com/prime-exclusive-phones. They come unlocked and without a contract commitment, which Amazon says gives you the option to switch between wireless carriers and service options.

If you’re wondering if there’s a catch to this deal, know that there are ads. As Amazon explains it:

The breakthrough pricing on unlocked smartphones is supported by personalized offers and ads, including deals and product recommendations, displayed on the phone’s lockscreen. When a customer sees an offer, they can tap to learn more about it or simply unlock their phone to dismiss.

Prime is Amazon’s subscription service. It costs $99 per year or $10.99 per month, and a free 30-day trial is available. For students, it costs half as much, and a free six-month trial is available.

In addition to access to the newest perk of discounted unlocked Android phones, subscriber benefits include:

  • Access to Prime Day, Amazon’s annual one-day sale designed to rival Black Friday — which is right around the corner, by the way
  • Free two-day shipping with no required purchase minimum
  • Free video streaming, including movies and TV series
  • Free unlimited music streaming
  • Free unlimited photo storage
  • Free access to more than 800,000 e-books

To try out Prime, visit Amazon’s Prime web page and click on the yellow “Start your 30-day Prime free trial” button, or visit the Prime Student page and click on the yellow “Start Your 6-Month Trial” button.

What’s your take on Prime perks? Are they worth $99 per year to you? Share your thoughts with us below or on our Facebook page.

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