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Amazon Says It Has No Plans for a Phone This Year — And No Plans for a Free Phone, Period

Amazon said Sunday that it has no plans to launch a phone this year, and, if it does at some later date, it wouldn’t be a giveaway product.

“We have no plans to offer a phone this year, and if we were to launch a phone in the future, it would not be free,” Amazon said in a statement to AllThingsD.

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The statement followed a post on JessicaLessin.com saying that the company was eyeing an entry into the phone market with a free device.

Amazon has long been said to be weighing whether to expand from tablets into phones. For some time now, Amazon has been trying to figure out what type of business model and product would set it apart in a crowded field.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus