BGR has learned from multiple trusted sources that Amazon is planning to offer a unique wireless data plan alongside its first smartphone, which is set to launch in the coming months.
The plan is tentatively named “Prime Data,” and it will be positioned as one of several key selling points for the phone.
Amazon is holding details of the data package very close the chest and as a result, our sources were not able to confirm exactly what the company has in store for Prime Data. Several sources were willing to speculate based on limited knowledge of Amazon’s plans, however.
More than one trusted source we spoke with told BGR that Amazon’s smartphone could be made available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States. If that is in fact the case, Prime Data could be the first high-profile deal based on a setup similar to the carrier’s new “Sponsored Data” program.
The details about the data plan comes as no surprise, but the speculation that Amazon might offer their smartphone as an exclusive is.
Amazon offered their own budget data plan with the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 when it launched in late 2012, so it would not surprise me if Amazon offered a similar talk+data for the smartphone.
But an AT&T exclusive? I don't think that's going to happen - not unless Amazon is getting a big payment from AT&T. And given that Amazon is customer-focused and not in the habit of signing crony deals with telecoms, I don't see such a deal as a high probability.
The Amazon smartphone is currently expected to launch some time this year, probably in June. The latest rumors say that it is running Android on a SnapDragon CPU with 2GB RAM. It's supposed to have a 4.7" screen with a total of 6 cameras (including 4 low-power IR cameras).
The rumors also say that it could have any number of interesting features (one, two, three, four), though it's not clear that any of the rumored features actually require the 4 IR cameras we have been hearing about.
On a related note, is anyone else puzzled by all the leaks that do not include a mention of the smartphone's name? Seriously, we're now on leak 6 or 7 and yet we still don't know what Amazon plans to call the smartphone. We don't even know the codename for the phone.
I do have to wonder about the accuracy of all these leaks, given that the leakers don't have a codename to hang on the smartphone, but perhaps Amazon's internal security clampdown is to blame. All of these leaks could be coming from outsiders who were shown the phone but not told its name. That makes some sense, I think.