Amazon Prime’s $99 yearly fee is a pretty good deal, but it can be a big hit to the wallet for users who aren’t sure if they’ll actually use the benefits of membership.
Today, Amazon is introducing a monthly version of the membership program, but only for Sprint customers. The partnership, announced today, gives Sprint customers all the benefits of Amazon Prime for $10.99 per month.
“We know customers love shopping on their mobile devices and having access to entertainment at their fingertips while on the go or at home — so we’re excited to team up with Sprint to introduce this special Prime offer,” said Jeff Blackburn, senior vice president of Amazon business development.
Amazon tested out a monthly version of the service back in 2012, but there hasn’t been a way to join on a monthly basis since then. That trial gave users month-to-month access to Prime benefits for $7.99 per month, a 20 percent premium against the $79 yearly cost at the time. The new Sprint-powered membership is 30 percent more than the current $99 fee if users stay subscribed for a full year.
While Sprint is emphasizing the entertainment benefits of this package, it is not the only mobile carrier using partnerships to boost customer benefits: T-Mobile just extended their partnership with the MLB to stream games to customers. And T-Mobile also offers streaming of Amazon music and video without costing users data as part of their Binge On program.
To sign up for the Amazon Prime program, Sprint customers can go here to add the cost to their bill. If the program sticks around, this may be a popular option during the holiday months as shoppers look to snag quick, free shipping during the peak shopping season.