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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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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.

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