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Amazon Prime Members Get Up to $75 Off Ad-Supported Moto G4 and Blu R1 HD

Moto G4 and BLU R1 HD
Amazon announced today that customers enrolled in Amazon Prime can get $50 off the price of the new Moto G4 or Blu R1 HD. The discounted phones will come with Amazon software that displays ads on the phone's lockscreen. The user can tap the ad to learn more about it or unlock their phone to dismiss it.

This is similar to what Amazon's been doing for a long time with its Fire tablets, which are available at a lower price if the buyer accepts ads.

The $50 discount is available to Prime members who pre-order any of the following ad-supported versions of the  Moto G4 and Blu R1 HD. Pre-ordered phones are supposed to ship July 12.

BLU R1 HD 8 GB $49.99 with Prime and ads ($99.99 without)
BLU R1 HD 16 GB $59.99 with Prime and ads ($109.99 without)
Moto G4 16 GB $149.99 with Prime and ads ($199.99 without)
Moto G4 32 GB $179.99 with Prime and ads ($299.99 without)

In addition, according to Android Police, Amazon is offering an additional $25 off either Moto G4 model if you order today June 29. The extra discount is not shown on the Amazon site until you add the Phone to the shopping cart.

We covered the Moto G4's launch yesterday, but to summarize it features Android Marshmallow, a Snapdragon 617 SoC (System on Chip, 2 GB of RAM, 5.5" 1920 x 1080 Gorilla Glass 3 screen, SD card slot and 13 MP main and 5 MP front facing cameras and support for CDMA and GSM carriers worldwide.

The BLU R1 HD is also a new phone that looks to be a great value. It's a dual-SIM device that runs Marshmallow and has a 1.3 Ghz quad-core MediaTek 6735 SoC, 8 or 16 GB of internal memory, 1 or 2 GB RAM, SD card slot, 5" 720 x 1280 px curved Gorilla Glass screen, and 8 MP and 5 MP cameras. It will support LTE bands 2/4/7/17 at launch. Support for T-Mobile's band 12 is supposed to be enabled by an OTA update "shortly after launch"  You should definitely choose the 16 GB model which is only $10 more than the 8 GB variant and comes with 2 GB of RAM instead of 1 GB.

One of the main advantages of buying factor unlocked non-carrier branded phones is that they typically have little bloatware. Is a one time saving of $50 worth seeing ads every time you wake up your phone? You may not have to make that choice however.  It's apparently fairly easy to remove the lockscreen ads from at least some Fire tablets. If the same is true with these phones, I'm sure ad-removal instructions will be posted on XDA-Developers and other Android enthusiast websites within days of the Moto G4 and Blu R1 HD launch on July 12.

Sources: Amazon, BLU, Image: BusinessWire

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  1. Note that it looks like you have to order from the 'main' Prime account. In my case, my wife's Amazon account is the one the Prime membership is attached to. My Amazon account has been 'added' to that Prime membership.

    For most things, I get the Prime membership benefits such as free shipping, many of the Prime discount offers, etc. However, for this deal (at least for the BLU R1 HD phones),when the phone is added to a cart on my account I got the $100/$110 prices. I had to switch to my wife's account to get the $50/$60 prices.

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    1. these phones are exclusively for amazon prime members. you get the discounted pricing if you are on amazon prime.

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    2. Yeah. But as I explain, there are different kinds of Prime membership. For most benefits it doesn't matter. This is one time where it does. I thought my post was pretty clear.

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    3. so what. you need prime on the account that you are ordering from to buy the phones. don't have prime, then can't buy. good thing your wife has prime. there's only one type of amazon prime.

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  2. in for a Blue R1 HD 16/2, thanks for posting. G4 is just too big!!

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  3. Will the G4 models sold in the US lack the second SIM slot?

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    1. That seems likely. Motorola's US models have always been single SIM. Motorola's specs page for the G4 says "Dual-SIM available in select regions" which tells me that the dual-SIM model will be sold only in markets where Motorola has traditionally offered dual SIMs

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  4. like the Moto G4 because it is universal. can put on at&t tmo vzm sprint. but the Blu R1 HD is cheaper for only att tmo. really want the Moto G4 but the cheapstake in me may go for the Blu R1 HD. whichever it'll be good since use Amazon Prime all the time for watching movies and always buying stuff on amazon with the prime two-day shipping.

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  5. Opinion on Amazon.com ad discounted phones http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/amazon-ads-in-smartphones/

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  6. Fingers crossed that the Amazon-branded G4 will have an unlockable bootloader. Can just flash stock to get rid of Amazon bloat.

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    1. it is not bloat if you are on amazon prime already. these phones are exclusively priced lower for those who are already on amazon prime. if you are on amazon prime, you will already have many if not most or all of the amazon apps already.

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    2. Your reasoning makes no sense.
      I have Prime, but I don't want all of those Amazon apps on my phone. They take up space, waste system resources, slow the phone down, use up data, etc. I don't use Amazon Underground, so I don't want it installed. I don't use Amazon Kindle, so I don't want it installed. I don't use Amazon Video (on phones), so I don't want it installed. I don't use Amazon's App Store, so I don't want it installed. Etc.
      Yes, Amazon if offering a version with no ads, but if the ad-supported version has an unlockable bootloader, I can get the ad version for cheaper and flash the no-ad version firmware and save some money.

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    3. if you want a phone that is unlocked and unlockable (bootloader) then get one. It is not really fair for you to get this discounted phone and then disassemble it. It is sold with those apps on there and you know that buying it. Tsk tsk, but in all seriousness actions like this RUIN deals like this for those of us who will play along.

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    4. " Tsk tsk, but in all seriousness actions like this RUIN deals like this for those of us who will play along."

      Get real. If he has bought the phone, he can do whatever he wants with it. He isn't spoiling anything by making the most of his purchase. After all, it is HIS PHONE, not yours!

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    5. "AnonymousJune 30, 2016 at 5:46 AM", if you are such a busy body want to control what a stranger does with the phone THEY PAID FOR, I suggest that you give this person the exact amount they paid for it.

      You sure are acting like you are owning the phone, presuming to uninformed decisions for the actual owner. So put your money where your mouth is.

      As for me, of course I would do what the "I can get the ad version for cheaper and flash the no-ad version firmware and save some money." person did and remove the spyware from the phone.

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    6. sheez, the phones are for amazon prime users. amazon wants you to buy more stuff on amazon and use more amazon services on the phone. amazon is not selling to non-amazon users who want a cheap phone. great if you can get apps off the phone, but too bad if you can't. buy the full priced phone if you don't want the amazon apps.

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  7. Was quite easy to remove ads from the fire tablet and install google play. Should be the same for this phone.

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    1. Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.5" full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great
      Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more
      Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone's lockscreen
      Take brilliant photos with the 13 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card
      The all-day battery includes TurboPower charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes
      Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad (including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon)
      Prime members get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, photo storage, deals, and more with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including Amazon Underground where over 2,000 premium apps, games, and in-app items are 100% FREE

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  8. Where is 5" Motorola phone?.when that will be released?

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    1. The 5" Moto G4 Play is supposed to be released sometime this summer.

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  9. Ads on the lock screen?

    Band 7 for Canucks?

    Missing bands 5 and 12?

    I wouldn't buy this gimped POS for any more than $20.

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    1. http://www.motorola.com/us/products/moto-g

      4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 25, 26, 41)

      (Doesn't list Band 17 but Band 12 phones can connect to AT&T's low-band network.)

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  10. Does the Blu phone have a metal frame?

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    1. Why not just disable the lock screen setting ?...Under setting under security om many phones you can disable the lock screen and get no ads..

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  11. Does the Blu R1 Hd work with Virgin Mobile?

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    1. No way, it doesn't support CDMA or Sprint's LTE bands.

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  12. I could not activate my new Moto G4 Amazon version on Selectel. Per support chat: "I just checked the ESN and I show the device is not certified to work with Selectel Wireless."

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  13. Just reading about the R1 HD, looks like it has dual sim, where the second SIM slot can be used for SIM OR SD card? what?! no dedicated SD card slot? can this be true? is it true for all BLU phones?

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    1. There are a number of phones that support a second SIM or a SD card but not both. I don't think that's true of all BLU phones but it is true of this one.

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  14. $50 off these phones, but then again, you've got to pay the $10/mo for the prime membership. Plus ads? Not sounding good at all to me. I can buy the same G4 from BB, or B&H for the full price, skip the ads, and skip the prime membership.

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  15. RE: BLU R1 HD: has promised (via BLU website) LTE band 12 arrived in OTA update yet??
    Also, any chance for Marshmallow?

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