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Amazon Kindle Phone 2013

Updated on April 19, 2013

The Kindle Phone - Coming in 2013?

It looks like we might be getting an Amazon Kindle phone in 2013. There have been rumors for some time that Amazon may bring out a smartphone following its success with the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet range.

The Kindle Fire tablets run a modified version of the Android operating system which also runs on a lot of smart phones. Amazon clearly has a lot of the pieces already for a Kindle smartphone.

Image: The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless with Skype is like a big Kindle Phone!

Amazon Wireless - Phones, Plan and Accessories

Amazon also owns Amazon Wireless where people can buy cell phones, plan and accessories online.

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In a lot of ways the Kindle Fire 8.9" 4G LTE is like a really big Android smartphone! It isn't actually a traditional cell phone, but it does have Skype for audio and video calls and 4G LTE network support so you have access to a high speed network without having to find a Wifi spot.

For some people this is actually a better option that a phone. It's great for parents who travel on business and want to read a bedtime story to the kids, it works well for grandparents who don't live nearby and want to share news with their grandkids.

Admittedly the Kindle Fire 8.9" doesn't fit neatly in your pocket! For some people the smaller size of a smartphone and the traditional cell phone feature are important - that's the area that the expected Kindle Phone will target.

Kindle Fire HD with Skype

Rumor: Foxxcon Making the Android Phone

There's a rumor that Foxconn may be making the Amazon phone. According to 'industry sources' Foxconn have a deal with Amazon to produce smartphones in large quantities.

Likely Features of an Amazon Kindle Phone

These are my predictions.

  1. Low pricing. Amazon have sold Kindle Fire devices at low cost with the expectation that money will be made through content. An Amazon Kindle phone would be likely to have a competitive pricing plan.
  2. Well specified hardware but with a focus on core features rather than fancy extras.
  3. Simple to use. Amazon will be after those people who have never had a smartphone, or who bought one early on and have never seen a reason to upgrade.
  4. Very well integrated with the Amazon eco-system. You can expect an Amazon Kindle phone to be set up for reading Kindle books, playing apps from the Amazon app-store, listening to music from the Amazon cloud and watching Amazon video on demand.

Parental Controls for the Kindle Phone?

Amazon Phone for Kids?

The Kindle Fire tablet has been very successful with kids and Amazon has added lots of parental controls and features for kids.

Will they do the same with the Kindle Phone? This will be an important feature for tweens and teens getting their first smartphone.

A low cost smart phone that allows parents to monitor or control access to content and limit spending would be very appealing.

Kindle Fire for Kids
Are you considering the Kindle Fire for Kids? The Kindle Fire is a 7" color tablet, just the right size for kids to hold. It has access to lots of eBook...

The Smartphone for Everyone?

The Kindle Fire tablet has played a large part in making tablets an everyday device. Kindle Fire owners aren't necessarily early adopters, they don't care about specs, they care about easily being able to do fun and useful things (and can't afford or justifyApple prices.)

Although smartphone ownership is widespread, there are a lot of people who have never bothered with one. An Amazon Kindle branded smartphone could appeal to those people.

If Amazon manage to achieve simplicity and a low price point then the Kindle Phone could convince seniors and technophobes to make the move.

Amazon Kindle vs Google Nexus Phone

The Google Nexus tablets are a major competitor to the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. Google has also been having a lot of success with it's Nexus smartphones. An Amazon Kindle smartphone would be an obvious competitor. Like Google, Amazon have their own Android app store.

Kindle Phone Carriers?

What carriers is the Kindle phone likely to support? Well for the Kindle Fire 8.9" 4G LTE tablet Amazon has partnered with AT&T to offer an 12 month plan. They may do something similar for the Amazon Phone.

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