Forbes reports that Amazon.com is getting into the cell phone game not with a Android Phone like everyone expects but, a Windows Phone.In the combination of “What?” and “is Windows Phone really picking up that much steam” thought…..
“Channel checks suggest the Amazon smartphone will have a 4-inch touch panel display, an 8 mega pixel camera, and adopt a Microsoft operating system. The phone will probably run on a Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor and Qualcomm’s dual mode 6-series standalone baseband.”
It is also stated that this phone would cost Amazon $150 to $170 to produce and Amazon would sell them for near or below cost. So the real question is would this spell trouble for Nokia comeback in the United States with Windows Phones?
Without seeing either phone in person that is a question that I could not answer. For myself I would shell out the extra 50 bucks for a Nokia phone as opposed to a First Gen Amazon.com Windows Phone. But I am clearly not the average consumer.
So the real question becomes would this matter to the average consumer? Probably not….if the Amazon phones specs are close or the same as the Nokia phones specs and it’s $50 to $100 bucks cheaper the average consumer would not pay for the Nokia name/quality.
I think Nokia’s saving grace here will be that Amazon’s Windows Phone will be an unlocked, off contract buy and the Nokia phone will get a heavy carrier discount. For the folks in other countries confused right now…I will tell you that most American consumers don’t even know that you can buy a phone unlocked without using a wireless carrier.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this….Will Amazon being another Windows Phone manufacturer help or hurt Nokia?
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