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Will An Amazon Wireless Phone Work With My Current Plan?

Updated on June 1, 2010

How Does Amazon Wireless Work?

Amazon's new site features great deals on some of the most popular cell phones on the market. Afterall, who wouldn't pass up on a $20 Droid phone when they're regularly at least $200 straight from Verizon. There must be some kind of catch right? How can Amazon afford to practically give away all of these smartphones for a single cent?

Well Amazon works by essentially being a middleman between you and the phone companies (they currently offer phones for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon) and they handle all of the various rebates and markdowns for you to get you the best price with the lowest amount of hassle.

Below's a quick link to the site itself, so you can see this insane prices for yourself:

Click Here To Check Out Amazon Wireless

Is Amazon Wireless Safe With My Plan

Since Amazon Wireless works directly with the phone companies themselves, it is one of the safest ways of upgrading your phones. You can purchase a new phone without a plan (often the most expensive option), you can buy a new phone and sign up for a new contract and number from your carrier, or you can upgrade from an old phone to a new phone by renewing your current plan.

Can I Keep My Number With Amazon Wireless?

When upgrading your plan you will keep the same phone number you have had with the carrier. I find that's what most people worry about, yes you will keep your number. The Amazon system is connected with the carriers themselves and it will check to make sure the phone you are buying is eligible and to ensure that your plan is eligible for an upgrade. It's a very streamlined process.

HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible

Why Are Amazon Wireless Phones So Cheap?

Currently all phones on the site require a 2-year contract to be signed.  This is pretty much the industry standard and it allows the cell phone companies to subsidize the phone without taking a huge loss.  Whenever you upgrade phones with your carrier, you are essentially doing the same thing... Amazon just gives you a better deal on it.


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      rc 6 years ago

      another big difference in this is that on verizon you can get your upgrade at like 22months and on amazon you have to wait the full 24 months to get the new phone

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      lumberjack 7 years ago

      Yeah, it really is a great deal. When I broke my Env2 I was able to upgrade to a droid (keeping my plan and everything) with Amazon for like $120. Verizon wanted to charge me $200 with their discount, and I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

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      SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

      Great Info, I was hoping to do an upgrade earlier this year but T- Mobile want to charge me reg price so I just kept my old phone.I felt cheated.

      I will look into this and see if it will work with my plan.


      Sharon Smith