For those who took seriously the recent internet rumor that Amazon.com would offer a free smartphone this year, Amazon has announced they'll do no such thing, according to DigitalTrends.com and AllThingsD.com articles dated Sept. 9.
The original rumor, covered in the video attached to this article, simply said that Amazon was considering a free handset offer. The rumor appeared a mere three days earlier on the site of former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin. Amazon has now announced they will not be selling their own phone this year, and when they do sell an Amazon brand smartphone it will not be free.
However, everyone who's considering buying a smartphone soon can be assured that there will be many offers of low-cost or free smartphones, when purchased with service commitments from major U.S. carriers, this year. These offers typically proliferate as the holidays approach. Apple's announcement today of a $99 iPhone 5C will put downward pressure on all the major carriers. It's reasonable to expect to find free or very inexpensive phones, usually last year's model, at Best Buy, Verizon, Amazon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and pretty much every place that usually sells cell phones. Chris at the North Olmsted BestBuy confirmed today that the next few weeks will be very exciting in terms of smartphone pricing. The majority of the cost of a new phone every couple of years has been built in to the major carriers' plans in the U.S, and all the phone manufacturers will need to compete with the $99 price bar that Apple confirmed today with iPhone 5C.
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