Amazon reportedly looking into adding mobile phone service to Prime membership

Amazon is reportedly talking to all major US carriers, including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Dish, to add mobile phone service as a free or inexpensive perk to Prime membership. This is all according to a report from Bloomberg which spoke with people familiar with the situation that state the talks have been going on for two months. The wireless plans for Prime members may cost only $10 a month if not included entirely for free. Read more ›

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Amazon makes entire 100 Million track music library free without ads for Prime Members, but with one important caveat

Amazon has announced that the entire Amazon Music library of over 100 million tracks is now free to stream ad-free for Prime members. That’s a massive increase from the 2 million tracks that Prime members had access to prior to this change. Before you go canceling your music subscriptions, the catch is that you can’t request songs individually, but must, instead, request artists, albums, or playlists in shuffle mode to hear the expanded library without an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. Read more ›

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Amazon Prime members now get same-day delivery from select retail stores

Amazon has announced a new perk for Prime members in the form of free same-day delivery from select retail stores. Prime members in or around Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Seattle, and Washington D.C. can now shop from Diesel, GNC, PacSun, and SuperDry through or the Amazon app. Shopping from Sur La Table and 100% Pure will also be available in the coming months. Only some of the participating stores are shoppable in each region at this time. You can see which stores are shoppable in each region here. Same-day delivery is free for Prime members when ordering $25 or more. Otherwise, there is a $2.99 flat fee per delivery for Prime members or $9.99 for non-members. Orders must be placed by 5 pm to receive your items by 10 pm the same day. These orders are packed by and picked up from the retail store itself, not Amazon workers or warehouses. You also have the option to order through Amazon and pick up the items at the store yourself in some cases, which is similar to Amazon’s arrangement with Best Buy for Fire TV Smart TVs.

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Amazon Prime membership cost is increasing across several European countries

Amazon will be increasing the cost of Prime membership across several countries in Europe according to Reuters. The annual subscription in the UK will be increasing from £79 to £95, in Germany from €69 to €89.90, in France from €49 to €69.90, and in Italy and Spain from €36 to €49.90. The new pricing will go into effect on September 15. These Prime subscription increases come after Amazon increased the price of Prime in the US from $119 to $139 in February.

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Amazon Prime Members get 1 year of free Grubhub deliveries

Amazon has teamed up with Grubhub to give all Prime members a free 1-year Grubhub+ subscription. Grubhub+ normally costs $9.99 per month and provides subscribers with unlimited $0 delivery fees on orders of $12 or more at eligible restaurants. It also provides access to exclusive order discounts and free food offers. To redeem your free year of Grubhub+ you have to be a Prime member and then head to this link to activate the subscription. Note that the subscription will automatically begin charging you $9.99/month after the 12 months are up, so be sure to set a calendar reminder to cancel the subscription before the free year is up if you don’t want to pay anything.

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Prime Members get to play these games for Free on Amazon Luna in June

Amazon has revealed the free games that Prime members get to play on Amazon Luna next month. For the entire month of June, Prime members can play Far Cry 4, Bloodrayne 2: Terminal Cut, Beach Buggy Racing 2: Hot Wheels Edition, LUMIES REMASTERED, and Moving Out. These games can be played without any kind of sign up or trial. Simply load up the Luna app on your Fire TV or head to the Luna homepage on any PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. For those of you subscribed to a Luna channel, the new games coming in June to channels are Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 for the Luna+ Channel, Mega Man Legacy Collection for the Retro Channel, and Riptide GP: Renegade for the Family Channel.

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These are the Free Games on Amazon Luna for Prime Members in May

Amazon is continuing it’s 3rd month of offering Prime members the ability to play select games for free through the Amazon Luna cloud gaming service. For the entire month of May, Prime members can play the motorcycle racing game Ride 4, the first-person sword slashing game Ghost Runner, the stunt driving game Monstor Truck Championship, and the classic arcade shooter Metal Slug 3. Amazon is also adding a few new games in May for those that are subscribed to the various Luna channels. Luna+ Channel subscribers can now play Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, Retro Channel subscribers are gaining Capcom Arcade Stadium, and Family Channel can now play Get Packed. Remember, you can now use a smart phone as a virtual controller to play these Luna games if you don’t have a physical gamepad. It’s certainly not ideal, but good enough to at least see how good your connection to the service is before shelling out for something like the Luna Controller.

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Prime Members get to play these Amazon Luna games for Free in April

As promised last month, Amazon is adding new games that Prime members can play for free on its Luna cloud gaming service during the month of April. Starting tomorrow, Prime members will be able to play the games Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition and Amnesia: Rebirth for free, which normally require a subscrition to the Luna+ Channel. Also playable for free are the games King of Fighters ’98, which is part of the Retro Channel, and Tracks, which is part of the Family Channel. All four games can be played without any subscription fees during April, as long as you are a Prime member. For those of you who do have a subsctiption to the Luna+ Channel, the games Lost Judgment, Okami HD, and Sonic Colors are being added some time in April.

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Prime members can now play select Amazon Luna cloud games for Free

Amazon Luna, the cloud gaming service that can be played through Fire TVs, phones, computers, tablets, and other devices, is having a big day of new announcements and one of those announcements is the addition of a new Prime Gaming Channel to Luna which allows Prime members the ability to play a selection of games completely for free. Each month, new free games will be rotated in starting with 4 games today and a fifth game being made available in about a week. There’s nothing to sign up for. Just launch the Luna app or head to the Luna site through a browser and start playing. You don’t even need a physical game controller thanks to a new virtual controller options. Read more ›

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Amazon Prime membership to increase from $119 to $139 per year

Amazon has announced that the annual cost of Prime membership will be increasing from $119 to $139. This is only the third time that Amazon has ever increased the price of Prime, with the last increase being 4 years ago when the price went from $99 to $119 and the first increase being 4 years before that when it went from $79 to $99. The price increase will go into effect on February 18th for new members, so if you were thinking of signing up for Prime membership, better do it before then to get your first year at the cheaper price. The renewal price for current members will increase on March 25th. The monthly cost for Prime will increase from $12.99 to $14.99 per month on the same dates.

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