Amazon is the right place for smartphone buyers, and even more will flock to the site now that two more devices have been added to the list of phones being discounted. The Motorola Moto G5 Plus and Alcatel A30 have now been added to Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Phones discount program.
How Amazon manages these discounts
On Thursday, the company informed shoppers that the Motorola Moto G5 Plus is now available for pre-order at a starting price of $185 (a discount of $45 from its regular price), while the A30 model from Alcatel is available at $60 after a discount of $40.
Three devices were already part of the program: the Moto G4 Play, Blu R1 HD and the Moto G4. The bestselling unlocked phones on Amazon.com are the Prime Exclusive Blu R1 HD and Moto G4, the company said Thursday. According to the vice president of Amazon.com’s consumer electronics unit, Laura Orvidas, these two devices have always been on the company’s bestsellers list.
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Only Amazon Prime members can get these discounted prices. It is able to offer these devices at discounted rates because of the money it makes from the ads displayed on the devices’ lock screens, notes CNET. This is similar to what it does with lower-cost Kindle models. The company gave no information on how much money it makes from ads on the phones.
Moto G5 Plus and Alcatel A30: worth the price
Both the Moto G5 Plus and Alcatel A30 come with great features and specifications, making the deal droo-worthy. While most budget phones come with a plastic body, the Moto G5 Plus has a metal design, runs on the Snapdragon 625 processor, and comes with a 5.2-inch screen, making it a good bargain over competing budget phones. Users have two variants to choose from: a 32GB model with 2GB of RAM and a 64GB model with 4GB of RAM.
On the other hand, the 5-inch Alcatel A30 has 16GB of internal space and 2GB of RAM, runs on a Qualcomm quad-core processor, and has a micro SD card slot which can add up to 32GB of capacity.
In the past, Amazon tried to introduce a phone of its own, but it wasn’t successful. However, the failure didn’t deter it from making a presence in the industry. It sells ad-supported phones that come with a suite of Amazon apps preinstalled. It also made its voice assistant Alexa, available on the Huawei Mate 9 devices in the U.S. and on iPhones and iPads via the Amazon shopping app, notes CNET.