Amazon Fire Phone nosedives on company’s bestsellers list, dropping to #61 after debuting in top five

Jeff Bezos announces the Fire

Jeff Bezos announces the Fire Phone

Amazon’s first smartphone isn’t setting the world on fire, judging from the company’s own rankings.

Less than two weeks after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the device, the Amazon Fire Phone has plummeted on the company’s list of bestselling electronics across Amazon.com.

Today, Amazon’s 32 GB model is ranking as the 61st best-selling electronic, far below its fourth-place position two days after the phone’s June 18th unveiling. Furthermore, the 64 GB model does not make an appearance at all, suggesting that sales for the larger capacity model are even more dismal.

Amazon’s top 100 list ranks the most popular electronics based on sales, and is updated hourly, so the list can fluctuate. For instance, Amazon’s phone ranked in the 49th spot earlier this morning.

When looking at Amazon’s bestselling list under phones being sold with a contract, sales look a lot more promising. The Amazon Fire Phone, with 32 GB of storage, is the No. 1 bestseller, and the 62 GB version places ninth.

That means the Fire Phone is currently hotter than some Samsung phones, like the Galaxy S5, but it’s nowhere close to being as popular as Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, or even the recently introduced Kindle Fire TV, as the more encompassing electronics bestseller lists suggests. It’s also important to note that Amazon does not sell Apple’s iPhone under contract.

We emailed a spokesman for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

The smartphone’s rapid fall may suggest that sales are tapering off as we get further away from the announcement, especially since the phone, which costs $199 on contract with AT&T, does not start shipping until July 25.

But given Amazon’s strength as a retailer these are pretty disappointing results. Since the day of its announcement, the Fire Phone Amazon has been given heavy promotion on the retailer’s homepage. Currently, when I’m logged in, I see a five-inch by eight-inch banner advertising the device as “the only smartphone with dynamic perspective.” An image of the phone with one of a 3D wallpaper is displayed next to the text.

Despite pushing the phone to its fullest abilities, sales aren’t going gangbusters, and it could be for any number of reasons.

amazon fire phone on attCritics have argued that the phone is being hampered by poor distribution, thanks to an exclusive with AT&T. Others might find the offerings a little too obscure and geeky. Dynamic Perspective, if you didn’t know, gives the viewer a sense of depth on the screen, similar to 3D, changing the perspective depending on the angle of the user’s head. It also provides the user with the ability to navigate the phone through a series of hand gestures.

Another feature, called Firefly, scans and recognizes objects, allowing you to save a web address or a product that you want to buy.

But everything usually comes down to price, and while Amazon is willing to throw in a year of free Prime, worth $99, it failed to offer something really compelling, like disrupting how consumers pay for voice and data.

One major caveat to place on this list is that the phone is also being sold by AT&T in its stores and online, and since the phone requires a voice and data plan, consumers might find it easier to make the purchase directly from their carrier,  and not from Amazon.

It’s also worth pointing out that the Amazon says the Fire Phone is the No. 1 most wished for item on customers’ Amazon Wishlists and registries. So, maybe people are waiting to order the device closer to its availability?

We’ll be watching the best-seller list in the weeks to come to see if that’s the case.

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  • A. Antonio

    Price, price, price!

    Why would I pay a premium price for an untested phone that locks you into a subpar ecosystem?

    Do they realize that the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy are the same price? Both of those are well tested, solid phones, with a better ecosystem.

    • David James

      $ 200 minus a year of prime= what like 80$?
      Anyone who buys unlocked phones clearly isnt considering price. But yeah pretty new even bleeding edge but amazon hardware has a good rep. Id spring for one if i was in the market. (If for no other reason I could finally part ways with apple i tunes for ever!)

      • gadget_hero

        The phone is $199.99 on a two year contract, it is $649 off contract (before tax). At that price its quite unsurprising that its not selling well.

  • Justin

    The end of the article, at least in my case, was spot on about exactly where people are choosing to preorder this device! I actually had problems the day it was announced trying to order it from Amazon and did end up getting my preorder in through AT&T’s wireless webstore!

  • slowcompany

    Wrong. It’s only dropping on the best-seller list because it’s not AVAILABLE yet.

    http://www.beyond-black-friday.com/2014/06/22/the-six-biggest-surprises-about-amazons-fire-phone/

    A bunch of people pre-ordered the phone all at once when it was first announced, but it still won’t start shipping for more than 3 weeks. So there’s this one-time lull where it’s hard to continue selling new orders for a phone that you won’t actually be able to use (or even hold in your hands) until 24 days into the future…

  • Lance Hairdo

    I preordered two on Amazon without a service plan. One for me and one for my wife. It’ll be nice for us both to have the same phone since she’s always asking me questions about how to use them. lol. Here’s a link if you want to order it now and guarantee you’ll get it on day one: http://goo.gl/HS7k8U

  • matthew mcqueeny

    If Amazon is not going to stack up with the competitors (in terms of full features, open ecosystem), then they needed to price down. They had the opportunity to gain marketshare by pricing the phone at a level that a consumer can’t refuse. They did not. Check a podcast I did on the product: http://www.matthewmcqueeny.com/2014/06/63-mayday.html

  • http://www.cgscomputer.com Sharif Jameel

    I don’t think Amazon had a choice but to make the phone more expensive than other hardware they sell…blog post describing the details http://www.cgscomputer.com/tech-blog/2014/6/25/amazons-fire-phone-breaks-a-trend

  • http://www.bellevuefineart.com/ panacheart

    Why would I buy a phone for a premium price that’s designed to spy on my, even take pictures of my surrounding area, to get me to buy more stuff from Amazon? It’s like paying someone to shoot you in the head with your own gun, and you pay them for the bullets.

    Maybe sales are down because a lot of people find the phone creepy.

    • Josh Melton

      Cute

  • John

    Amazon has the best price on the Fire TV – Get it here now! http://amzn.to/TPHo6G