Amazon Thinks A Few Ads Are Worth $50

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There’s no doubt that the Amazon Fire Phone missed the mark with the end user. Even though it was a great device with some crazy cutting edge features, the price point and bugginess of the OS just didn’t make it a favorite with users. This hasn’t stopped them from continuing on into the mobile space though. Today, Amazon announced their new Prime Exclusive Phones. The Moto G4 and BLU R1HD are both up for grabs in the new program and both devices feature a hefty $50 discount for the ability for Amazon to set an advertisement on your lockscreen.

The BLU R1 HD is available in two configurations. The first a $99 handset that is discounted to $49.99 with the Prime Exclusive deal. This model features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The second is a $109.99 handset that drops to $59.99. The upgrades the RAM to 2GB and the storage to 16GB. The specs for the BLU R1 HD are listed here:

    • Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6735 ARM Cortex processor with 16 GB Internal memory and 2 GB RAM
    • Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more
    • Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
    • Dual SIM and MicroSD support for up to 64 GB of expandable storage
    • Stunning 5″ HD display with curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection, plus an 8 MP main camera and 5 MP selfie camera that includes a front-facing LED flash
    • 4G LTE plus GSM unlocked for your favorite compatible carrier or for international travel (including AT&T, T-Mobile; not compatible with Verizon or Sprint)

The Moto G4 is also available in 2 configurations. The 16GB and 32GB models both feature 2GB of RAM and carry price tags of $149.99 and $179.99 respectively. The Moto G4 continues the Motorola tradition of being an exceptional value with a spec sheet worth of a phone costing quite a bit more:

    • Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.5″ full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great
    • Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more
    • Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
    • Take brilliant photos with the 13 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card
    • The all-day battery includes TurboPower charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes
    • Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad (including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon)

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Both devices are available from Amazon right now, but we have a feeling that these will sell out very quickly. Frankly with just the “ad” being placed on the lockscreen, we can’t see a reason not to take the $50 discount if you are already a prime member. The worst thing that could happen is that you find yourself buying a few new items that you may not have needed. As far as our choice goes, obviously, the $179.99 Moto G4 is a steal, but the money saving side of us really loves the 16GB BLU R1 HD for under $60. Ironically, both models ship free with Prime.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Griff says:

    >> The worst thing that could happen is that you find yourself buying a few new items that you may not have needed.

    Or you could suddenly go over your data allotment because Amazon helpfully pushed some giant ads to your device…

    1. Ron Lunsford says:

      That is very true, though from the way it was explained, the Apps load over Wi-Fi only and are cached to the device using only a very small amount of internal memory.

      Great point though, this could easily turn into a data waster – which you could probably restrict by turning off it’s background data access…

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