The Echo Auto, Amazon’s first official Alexa device for you car, is still only available by invitation. Invites began rolling out in very limited numbers at the very end of last year and have been trickling out ever since. Earlier this week, the introductory price of $24.99 was temporarily removed, before being reinstated a few hours later. Additionally, this week is the first time multiple Echo Autos popped up for sale on eBay. Both of these events could be an indication that the Echo Auto is close to a more wide-spread release.
Reddit user ChimeraYo spotted the temporary price increase for the Echo Auto from its introductory price of $24.99 to its list price of $49.99. Checking price tracking sites confirms that between midnight and 11 am on April 1st, the price did indeed increase before returning to where it has been ever since the Echo Auto was first announced last September. The temporary price glitch could be an indicator that Amazon is getting ready to end the introductory discount and/or end the invitation requirement.
Whether the introductory discount or the invitation period will soon come to an end, it does seem like Amazon has recently increased the number of invitations going out. I’m seeing more people these days report getting invites than ever before. On top of that, a few Echo Autos are currently listed for sale on eBay. This week is the first time any Echo Autos have ever popped up on the auction site. The first one listed has already surpassed $100, which is twice what it will sell for once released to everyone, and the auction still has 5 days to go before it ends. Seeing Echo Autos appear on eBay is another indicator that the highly anticipated device is getting into more and more customer’s hands.
There’s still no way to know when the average person will be able to purchase the Echo Auto. Amazon does now have an official air vent mount listed for sale, as well as a replacement power adapter, for the Echo Auto. Hopefully, those, and the other indicators, mean we’re getting closer to a full release.