Amazon debunks report of plan to offer free smartphone

amazonIf an earlier report got your hopes up for a free Amazon smartphone, it looks like it was too good to be true.

Last week, former WSJ reporters Amir Efrati and Jessica Lessin reported that Amazon planned to offer a free smartphone, a move that would have completely shaken up the smartphone market. Amazon previously declined to comment on the report.

Now, an Amazon spokesman has told Efrati that it does not have plans to offer a smartphone this year, and if the online retail titan does offer a smartphone in the future, it “would not be free.”

Previously, Amazon has not discussed any plans for a smartphone, though it has long been rumored that its hardware R&D team at Lab126 is working on one.

Previously on GeekWire: Report: Amazon may offer its smartphone for free