The Amazon Fire Phone has without a doubt been a flop for Amazon, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad product. Its failure to sell is mostly attributed to its high $650 launch price. The phone has been steadily dropping in price ever since and has now reached an all time low at just $159. That price is for an unlocked unit with no contract. You can just buy it and connect it to any existing or new AT&T or T-Mobile plan, no questions asked. The Fire Phone also still comes with a full year of Prime membership. Factoring in the $99 cost of Prime membership means the phone is essentially $60 if you were planning to become or remain a Prime member anyone. Existing Prime members who purchase a Fire Phone get their Prime membership extended by a full year, so they receive the same extra value as non-Prime customers. You absolutely won’t find a new phone matching the specs of the Fire Phone for anywhere near $60 or even $159. The Samsung Galaxy S3, for example, is currently $200 for a phone that is more than twice as old as the Fire Phone. As a flagship phone, going up against the latest iPhone and Android phones, the Fire Phone fizzled out, but this huge price reduction as a result has made it one of the best budget phones available.
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