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If you want Amazon's upcoming smartphone, we hope you like AT&T's network

Amazon’s first smartphone is set to be publicly unveiled tomorrow in Seattle, but The Wall Street Journal today confirmed one important detail about the device. According to its sources, Amazon’s smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive.
The arrangement with Amazon and AT&T is not exactly surprising, as the latter currently provides wireless data service to the former’s line of tablets and e-readers. Boy Genius Report first broke news of AT&T exclusivity back in April and stated that the phone would come with Prime Data, which appears to be an offshoot of AT&T’s Sponsored Data program.
We already know that device is said to feature an innovative 3D interface – also thanks to BGR -- courtesy of four front-facing infrared cameras that tracks a user’s head movement. Amazon’s teaser video, which shows the reaction of people using the device for the first time, definitely has us excited to actually use the device in person:

Source: Reuters

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By Unoid on 6/17/2014 10:35:02 AM , Rating: 5
So much for getting this device unlocked. Amazon shot themselves in the foot.

RE: Lame
By Denigrate on 6/17/2014 10:39:41 AM , Rating: 2
While it is disappointing that the device will be tied to ATT, it remains to be seen whether Amazon shot themselves in the foot with the move. If I have to get a contract with ATT to get the phone, I won't be getting one. I was very much looking forward to getting one so I hope it is sold contract free.

RE: Lame
By retrospooty on 6/17/2014 11:21:24 AM , Rating: 2
I guess it will all boil down to 2 things... How well does it actually work, and how long is the exclusivity contract? If it doesnt work well in real world situations, then its a moot point. If it does, for all we know the exclusivity contract is only a month long.

RE: Lame
By retrospooty on 6/17/2014 10:59:00 AM , Rating: 5
LOL... Lets tie this to the most hated carrier in the country. That should help get the word out.

RE: Lame
By BRB29 on 6/17/14, Rating: 0
RE: Lame
By retrospooty on 6/17/2014 11:06:17 AM , Rating: 4
Sprint is pathetic, but more in a hapless way, not the most hated.

RE: Lame
By karimtemple on 6/17/2014 11:19:09 AM , Rating: 2
I thought Verizon earned that title.

RE: Lame
By BRB29 on 6/17/2014 11:43:42 AM , Rating: 1
I thought Verizon earned that title.

No, you're wrong

RE: Lame
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 6/17/2014 11:48:35 AM , Rating: 3
Nope, he's right, you're wrong, Verizon is more hated.

RE: Lame
By karimtemple on 6/17/2014 1:14:07 PM , Rating: 3
They're the most expensive and they do the most dickish things to their phone selection. I really don't see how they couldn't be the most hated.

RE: Lame
By Reclaimer77 on 6/17/2014 1:36:08 PM , Rating: 3
Because the service is so damn good.

I hate their pricing and the way they do things, but damnit, when I have kick-ass 4G everywhere I go and never drop calls it's kind of hard to "hate" them.

RE: Lame
By retrospooty on 6/17/2014 1:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... Verizon and AT&T are pretty equal as far as dickish behavior, but Verizon has better service to back it up LOL.

I seriously don't care though. If I were on my own non company account I would dump Verizon and go with T-Mo immediately, like right now, I would run to my car and speed like hell to the nearest T-Mo store LOL.

RE: Lame
By Just Tom on 6/17/2014 12:17:44 PM , Rating: 1
AT&T is the second largest cellular company in the US. And most polling shows it either one or two in customer satisfaction. You might hate them, but there is a reason they sell so many contracts.

RE: Lame
By rountad on 6/18/2014 10:01:44 AM , Rating: 2
Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot

Who is number #1 in (citizen) satisfaction?

RE: Lame
By xti on 6/17/2014 11:03:45 AM , Rating: 4
the average consumer is not going to care and will buy it if it was tied to PrimeCo.

RE: Lame
By hughlle on 6/17/2014 11:12:04 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree with that. When it comes to mobile phones and the people i've encountered, it seems that this is the one area where even average joe does a little bit of homework. Since before i recall people in my social circle (which is 99% average joe non-geek) have bought a sim or contract based on the companies rating and the coverage offered. It is not like simply buying a phone, they're buying into a contract they'll be stuck with for many years and relating to something they care very much about. Average joe may indeed buy the first phone, or laptop, or tablet that they like the look of regardless of spec etc, but for phones, something average joe uses every hour of his waking life, carrier is a huge deal.

RE: Lame
By Keeir on 6/17/2014 11:57:03 AM , Rating: 2
carrier is a huge deal

Mostly because this is a multi-cycle game now for most consumers. Since the early 2000s, large percentages of consumers have had mobile plans in 18 mo. to 24 mo. intervals. A bad experience at a store, with a phone, or a dropped call leads to switching and for the most part, carriers haven't changed very much. The average consumer probably has experience with multiple carriers and a negative experience with at least one carrier.

RE: Lame
By Aloonatic on 6/17/2014 2:01:23 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure that the specific carrier is a big deal. I've been with a few, and they are all as bad as each other. Get bad service from one, you leave them for another, and after a year or so the same thing happens. They really don't care. Everyone I know has had the same experience as mobile phones have been around for a long time now.

What people do care about is being able to choose tho. When there are a few carriers to choose from, people at lease feel like they might be getting some choice and aren't being ripped off. Just one carrier will make people think that they are not getting a good deal, IMHO.

RE: Lame
By quiksilvr on 6/17/2014 11:12:10 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunate but expected. Amazon has had a strong partnership with AT&T for years. Their original Kindles used AT&T's 3G network.

And as much as we may dislike/like AT&T, they do have 100 million customers that can get this phone.

RE: Lame
By marvdmartian on 6/18/2014 9:17:48 AM , Rating: 2
Plus the fact that iPhone started exclusively on AT&T, and it didn't seem to hurt them any. People will buy, and use, any phone more because of the way they perceive its performance, than by what carrier it's on.

Well, at least people that don't post on DT will! ;)

RE: Lame
By TheSlamma on 6/17/2014 11:34:39 AM , Rating: 3
I for one am glad, now I can't at all be tempted by this :)

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