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If you don’t mind putting up with ads on your lockscreen, Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Phones program offers discounts that are hard to refuse.
Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Phones program is a real steal, but it comes with a catch. If you’re a member of the retailer’s $100-a-year Prime program and agree to let Amazon stick advertisements on your smartphone’s lock screen, you can nab a device for a discount. Now, just about a year after the Prime Phones’ launch, Amazon is adding six new devices to the bargain bin lineup: The Nokia 6, the Alcatel Idol 5S, the Alcatel A50, the Alcatel A30 Plus, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus, and the Motorola Moto E4.
The discounts are nothing to shake a stick at. Here’s every device that’s currently available through Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones:
The Nokia 6, HMD Global’s new Nokia-branded smartphone, is $180 ($50 off the full retail price). It features a polished aluminum design and a 5.5-inch Full HD display, rounded out by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor (paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage), a 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, dual Dolby Atmos speakers, and a fingerprint sensor. It’s compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.
Alcatel’s Idol 5S, normally $280, retails for $200 — one of the largest discounts ever offered for a Prime Exclusive Phone. It packs a 2.5D curved glass design, a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, a fingerprint sensor, and 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD card).
The Alcatel A50, normally $150, is $100 on Prime Exclusive Phones. It boasts a 5.2-inch HD display, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. Uniquely, the A50 ships bundled with the LightUp Snapbak LED cover, a light-up case that illuminates when calls, messages, e-mails, and more come in.
The Alcatel A30, which starts at $60 on Prime Exclusive Phones ($40 off the full retail price), isn’t as compromising as its low price point suggests. It’s got a 5-inch HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB of internal storage, plus a pair of cameras (8-megapixel on the rear and a 5-megapixel selfie camera), and a reinforced protective glass casing. It works with AT&T and T-Mobile, and it’ll support Verizon after an update.
The Alcatel A30 Plus is available $80 for Prime members ($50 off the full retail price). It features a metallic silver finish and a 5.5-inch HD display, plus a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory (up to 32GB via MicroSD card), and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, with support for Verizon to come after an update this summer.
Motorola’s Moto E4 is $100 for Prime members ($30 off the full retail price). It’s got a compact metal design, a 5-inch 720p HD display, a respectable pair of cameras (8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front), a fingerprint sensor and 2,800mAh battery, and 2GB of RAM paired with 16GB of internal storage. It works with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.
Amazon has the Moto E4 Plus on offer too. For $140 ($40 off the full retail price) you get a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen, two pretty good cameras (13-megapixel on the rear and a 5-megapixel on the front), and 16GB of storage. Under the hood is a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a massive 5,000mAh battery, and radios that work with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.
If the Moto E4 and E4 Plus don’t float your boat, consider the Moto G5 Plus. It costs $185 ($45 off the full retail price), and has a 5.2-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, a capable pair of cameras (12-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front), and 32GB of storage. Keeping things humming is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery that lasts a full day on a charge.
What are Amazon Prime Exclusive phones?
A word of warning before you pull the trigger on an Amazon Prime exclusive phone: You’ll have to acquiesce to retailer’s advertisements. Amazon reserves the right to put “personalized” offers and ads — including deals and product recommendations — on Prime Exclusive Phones’ lock screens.
That said, Amazon’s devices aren’t without little conveniences. They ship automatically signed into Amazon’s services and apps, including (but not limited to) Prime Video, Prime Music, Amazon’s cloud storage service Prime Photos, and e-book lending program Prime Reading. They also come with Prime’s other benefits, including one free e-book every month, two-day shipping on 50 million items, one-day shipping and same-day shipping in more than 5,000 cities and towns, and more.
It’s not exactly surprising, then, that Prime Exclusive Phones have been a resounding success. According to Amazon, the discounted devices have been “constantly featured” in the top five best-selling unlocked phones list on Amazon and among the “top rated” unlocked smartphones on Amazon.com.
Updated: Added the Moto E4 Plus and Moto G5 Plus.