Amazon has denied reports that the company were planning to release a free smart phone this year.
The successful retailer was rumoured to be to be making a smartphone that would be completely free of charge, with or without a contract, but in a statement the company said, “We have no plans to offer a phone this year, and if we were to launch a phone in the future, it would not be free.”
It is also thought that Amazon had to sort out its financial arrangements with the hardware makers, before they could announce their project. Industry speculation was that Amazon would make money by urging users to purchase from Amazon.com, and buying music, video and apps from its own app store. The idea of digital adverts on the Smartphone was also, reportedly, mentioned. This model is already present in the Kindle Fire HD where unless the customer wishes to pay to have feature removed; adverts take the place of a screen saver.
The idea of Amazon bringing out a smartphone isn’t as strange as it may sound, as the company already have a string of successful e-readers and Android devices in the Kindle range.
It was rumoured that the smartphone would have a 4.7-inch display, in order to compete against smartphone giants Apple and Samsung, which both enlarged the screens on their latest products.