Amazon Starts Selling Unlocked Android Phones For as Low as $50

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Amazon is changing the game in the budget phone race today. It’s offering Prime members the option of getting a new Android phone for as little as $50… as long as you don’t mind some lock screen ads and extra bloatware. I mean, for $50, maybe you don’t mind that at all.

Android phones have gotten very cheap in the last few years at the same time the overall quality of budget hardware has been improving. You can get a reasonably good phone for under $200 now, but Amazon is changing the game in the budget phone race today. It’s offering Prime members the option of getting a new Android phone for as little as $50… as long as you don’t mind some lock screen ads and extra bloatware. I mean, for $50, maybe you don’t mind that at all.

The two phones included in the initial deal are the Moto G4 and the BLU R1 HD. Both phones are available for pre-order in both ad-infused and standard versions. The Moto G4 is the more expensive of the two with pricing starting at $149.99. That includes Amazon customizations, but you can pay $50 to get the regular price without any of that.

The BLU R1 HD will be the one making waves. It’s a less powerful phone (powered by a MediaTek chip and sports a 720p display), but the price starts at $50 with Prime Offers. You can spend $10 more for double the RAM and storage, which is a no-brainer. This phone is also $50 more if you want the non-Amazon variant.

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This strategy will be familiar to anyone who has used a Fire tablet (or God forbid, a Fire Phone). Amazon offers the hardware at a discount in exchange for showing you “special offers” on the lock screen of the device. The new Android phones are a bit different in that the entire lock screen experience has been swapped out for an Amazon version. There are also extra pre-loaded Amazon apps on the devices — basically every app Amazon makes.

A lot of smartphone enthusiasts will turn up their nose at seeing ads on their lock screen every day in exchange for a $50 discount, but for regular consumers this is going to be huge. Both phones will ship from Amazon on July 12th. Remember, the ad-supported versions are only available to Prime members. Even with that restriction, I bet these phones are going to be back-ordered fast.

Source: Geek.com

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