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Amazon's Smartphone Event

Join CNET for coverage from Amazon's event, starting at 10:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, where the online retailer is widely expected to unveil its first smartphone. Our live blog will kick off about an hour beforehand and will bring you news updates, photos, and commentary.

  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:28:51 PM
    @AndreaG: That's one of the more interesting rumors about this phone. 3D was a trend that came and went a few years ago with the Evo 3D and LG Thrill. I have to imagine Amazon has a more elegant version of the 3D feature.
  • KingK 6/18/2014 5:28:54 PM
    @you Lol
  • Doing a great job Roger 6/18/2014 5:29:07 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:29:17 PM
    @DoingagreatjobRoger: Thanks! I'll try to keep it up.
  • MJZ2112 6/18/2014 5:30:03 PM
    I really hope the ATT exclusive rumor is false. If it's not on VZW it's a fail right off the bat for me.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:30:29 PM
    @MJZ2112: I hope so too, but I think the rumors are correct. The WSJ reporter who broke it is a good friend of mine, and his work is solid.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:30:47 PM
    Plus AT&T was really cagey when I talked to them about the Amazon phone a few days ago.
  • CarrieM 6/18/2014 5:31:21 PM
    First liveblog participation here, thanks for all the hard work everyone. I'm interested to see just how walled this garden is going to be.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:31:47 PM
    We're listening to a surprisingly groovy cover of Say You'll Be There by...The Spice Girls.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:31:52 PM
    Hey don't fret if your comments aren't showing up -- they are coming in fast and furious and we can't get to all of them.
  • Steve 6/18/2014 5:31:57 PM
    So is this USA only, or are we expecting a worldwide launch?
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:32:19 PM
    @Steve: That's a great question. I am hoping for an international launch, but I suspect it will be US at first.
  • Kyle 6/18/2014 5:32:33 PM
    @you Amazon may have business benefits by working with AT&T.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:33:23 PM
    @Kyle: One of those benefits may be the use of AT&T's Sponsored Data program, in which a company can pay to cover the cost of deliver data to a consumer. Under such a deal, a Prime customer could conceivably watch Prime video without any impact on its data plan.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:33:49 PM
    That's just speculation on my part, but it would make sense for Amazon to strike such a deal -- it's all about driving Prime subscribers.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:34:17 PM
    FYI, once the event starts, we will be shutting off comments and going with just a play-by-play of the event with commentary from Jessica.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:34:45 PM
  • Carrie Mihalcik 6/18/2014 5:35:10 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:35:38 PM
    Scott Stein's Twitter prognostication: "Amazon’s 4D phone will pop in and out of time, shop in both the past and future."
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:35:44 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:36:15 PM
    Roger, I will start by commenting on your new haircut...
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:36:36 PM
  • Andy Bannasch 6/18/2014 5:37:01 PM
    They would potentially have to produce a significant amount of units to launch worldwide. Just going with ATT would be a good way to limit that number similar to what Apple did a few years ago.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:37:21 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:37:24 PM
    Music is eardrum-popping loud. Maybe sitting behind these speakers wasn't such a great idea after all.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:37:39 PM
    So beyond the 3D gimmick and potentially the sponsored data deal with AT&T, I'm curious about the pricing.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:38:13 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:38:25 PM
    Amazon has traditionally undercut its competitors with affordable, yet decent, hardware. But the phone business benefits from subsidies, so prices are already artificially low. How does Amazon compete?
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:38:29 PM
    I'd guess based on Amazon's tablet pricing that the phone would compete with the Moto G.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:39:03 PM
    Okay, a video pops up with a customer.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:39:12 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:39:13 PM
    One customer in the audience yells, "That's me!" to applause.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:39:52 PM
    Amazon didn't do it wrong by inviting real people to this event. What better way to evangelize than to bring in real-life customers? It works better than planting PR folks (though I'm sure they're doing that too).
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:39:53 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:40:03 PM
    These customers shot videos asking to be invited to this event. It's great marketing -- these guys are gushing about Amazon and its products.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:40:08 PM
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:40:25 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:40:37 PM
    "I'm the most, most loyal Amazon customer," one customer says in the video...the crowd approves with applause.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:40:41 PM
    CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:40:48 PM
    It's easy for jaded press like us to forget how actual customers genuinely use the products and services they love. I think this guy in the video is on the edge of tears he wanted so badly to be here.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:40:51 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:41:07 PM
    There were 60,000 people who applied, and 300 people at the event (my guess was correct!!).
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:41:25 PM
    Amazon trimmed it down from 60K applicants to 300. That means somebody had to watch all these videos and pick...unless they just went chronologically.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:41:27 PM
    We have a lot of news to share, he says, but first he wants to set the stage.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:41:28 PM
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