Amazon opens talks with networks on Fire launch

Amazon opens talks with networks on Fire launch

Internet giant Amazon is believed to be in talks with rivals O2 and Vodafone on the introduction of its new Fire smartphone to the UK market. While the handset device was initially announced as a US exclusive launch, rumours are now circulating that the new device will be introduced to the UK market shortly.

Amazon's new handset will be available to UK customers within the next few months, according to reports. The smartphone will go on sale in the US on July 25. However, no dates have been confirmed for Fire’s UK release by the Internet giant.

The new mobile device was unveiled by chief executive Jeff Bezos at an Amazon conference this week. The company said that customers in other markets will have to “stay tuned” for information on release dates in markets outside the US.

Amazon already partners with Vodafone to provide the data plans accompanying the Internet retailing giant’s Kindle devices. Amazon previously released the Kindle Fire tablet to the US market before offering the product internationally a year late.

Running on the Android-based Fire 3.5 operating system, the handset features a 4.7in screen with the ability to display 3D images, and a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation. It is powered by a 2.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Prices for Amazon Fire start from $199 for the 32GB model.

Mobile has contacted both O2 and Vodafone regarding the media reports surrounding the talks. Vodafone said it had "nothing to say" on the rumours, adding that it did not comment on speculation. O2 also refused to comment on the matter.


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