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How Amazon Prime members can save big bucks on cell phones

How Amazon Prime members can save big bucks on cell phones

Sally McDonald July 10, 2017
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Amazon is now offering incredible deals on a variety of cell phones through Prime Exclusive Phones, a new feature offering unlocked Android phones at lower prices available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. The phones use Google Mobile Services and are fully integrated with Amazon.

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Here’s the catch: All Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones are full of advertisements. Each phone is pre-installed with lockscreen offers, ads and apps. While you can unsubscribe from the offers and ads, your decision will cost you a one-time fee. (Amazon does not disclose the fee amount on the Prime Exclusive Phone help page, but some users claim the price is $50 to remove the ads.) You also have to be an Amazon Prime member to get these deals.

Here’s the bright side: The phones are a great price. Plus, if you love everything about Amazon, the phone will have numerous apps like Amazon Kindle, Amazon Music and Alexa that can integrate seamlessly with your account.

Amazon’s lineup of Prime Exclusive Phones

Nokia 6

Nokia 6

Nokia is coming back to the U.S., and the phones are sold only through Amazon (for now). The Nokia 6 is available for $179.99 (regularly $229.99) and is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.

Features include:

  • 5.5-inch 2.5D full HD display
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 16 MP phase detection autofocus rear-facing camera
  • 8 MP autofocus front-facing camera
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage
  • Dual Dolby Atmos speakers

Alcatel IDOL 5S

Alcatel IDOL 5S

The Alcatel IDOL 5S is available for $199.99 (regularly $279.99). The phone will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks; Sprint and Verizon network compatibility will be available later this summer via software update.

Features include:

  • 5.2-inch full HD display
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 12 MP rear-facing camera
  • 8 MP front-facing camera
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage
  • 3.6-watt front-facing speakers

Alcatel A50

Alcatel A50

The Alcatel A50 is available for $99.99 (regularly $149.99) and is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks. The phone will also be offered with the LightUp SNAPBAK LED cover that lights up with incoming calls, messages, e-mails and more at $129.99 (regularly $199.99).

Features include:

  • 5.2-inch HD display
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 13 MP rear-facing camera
  • 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage

Alcatel A30 PLUS

Alcatel A30 plus

The Alcatel A30 PLUS is available for $79.99 (regularly $129.99). The A30 PLUS is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks and will be compatible with the Verizon network later this summer via a software update.

Features include:

  • 5.5-inch HD display
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 13 MP rear-facing camera
  • 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal memory

Alcatel A30

Alcatel A30

The Alcatel A30 is available for $59.99 (regularly $99.99) and is optimized for most major networks including AT&T and T-Mobile.

Features include:

  • 5-inch HD display
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 8 MP main camera
  • 5 MP selfie camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory

Moto E4

Moto E4

The Moto E4 is available for $99.99 (regularly $129.99) and is unlocked on all major wireless carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.

Features include:

  • 5-inch 720p HD display
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 8MP autofocus rear-facing camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage

(You can also get the older model Moto E2 for $30 with free mobile service from Freedom Pop!)

Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5

The Moto G5 is available for $184.99 (regularly $229.99) and works with all major carrier networks.

Features include:

  • 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) display
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 12 MP HD camera
  • 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage

Moto G4

Moto G4

The Moto G4 is available for $129.99 (regularly $179.99) and works with all major carrier networks.

Features include:

  • 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 13 MP HD camera
  • 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage

BLU R1 HD

BLU R1 HD

The BLU R1 HD is available for $49.99 (regularly $99.99) and works with AT&T and T-Mobile.

Features include:

  • 5-inch HD display
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 8 MP camera in back
  • 5 MP camera in front
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal storage

If you’re not a Prime member and you’d like to try Prime for 30 days free, click here. (If you don’t want to continue the Prime membership, you’ll need to remember to cancel before your trial is up to avoid being charged.)

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Sally is the newsletter editor for Clark Howard brands. She enjoys great travel deals, minimal living and saving big bucks. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband.
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