Amazon Prime Members Can Get Cheap Phones (Yes, Of Course, There’s a Catch)

Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones
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Just because you don’t want to spend all your hard-earned money on an iPhone 7 Plus or the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn’t mean you have to stay in flip-phone purgatory forever.

Amazon has a deal for you.

If you’re an Amazon Prime customer, you can get a new smartphone for as little as $49. And the 13 phones don’t get much more expensive from there. The most expensive one is still under $200.

Of course, you won’t be getting the phones people will stand in miles-long lines for at these prices. The discounted Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones come from Moto, Alcatel, Nokia and BLU.

They might not be flashy, but they are perfect for the Penny Hoarder who’s on a budget but doesn’t want to walk around with a cell phone from the Stone Age.

And the best part is these cheap smartphones are unlocked, so you can use them with many of the most popular cell phone service providers.

OK, What’s the Catch?

Before you get too excited, you should have guessed there would be a catch. There are a few things you should know:

1. Only Prime Members Qualify for the Discounts

If you’re already a Prime member, you’re in the clear.

But if this deal is what you needed to finally convince you that it’s worth it to become an Amazon Prime member, you should know your first month is free, and you won’t be eligible for the discounts until you become a paying member.

If you sign up for the service and buy the phone during your free month, you’ll get an Amazon gift card in the amount of the discount once you become a paying member. And don’t try canceling during the first three months. If you do, Amazon will may void the discount or charge you for the gift card.

2. Pre-Installed Apps

When you get your phone, it will be full of Amazon-brand apps. Based on the way Amazon describes it, it seems like the company thinks this is a good thing.

“Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Movies and TV episodes, Prime Music, Prime Photos storage, deal, and more with a preinstalled selection of Amazon apps,” the website says.

Personally, I like to choose my own apps. Of course, you can always delete the apps if the you want them off your phone.

3. Ads Galore

This one is the real kicker.

If you want to save between $50 and $80 on a phone, you’ll have to pay another way. Amazon will put ads between your personal notifications on your phone’s lockscreen.

To me, this is a sacred space. But when you consider paying $179.99 for a Nokia 6 over $769 for an iPhone 7 Plus, maybe it’s not such a big deal.

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Desiree Stennett (@desi_stennett) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. When Amazon wants to sell her an iPhone for $50, she will be all ears.

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