Word leaked last week that Amazon is preparing to release its own smartphone. The online retailer is entering a crowded world, full of competition and high standards.
The company is showing signs of preparation. It recently acquired a 3D mapping start up and released GameCircle, a social gaming service similar to Apple's Game Center.
We think there is zero reason for Amazon to release its own phone, but since we have no control over these decisions, Amazon had better make the device good if it wants to compete.
So we decided to put together a wish list of features for Amazon's smartphone.
A free Amazon Prime membership would allow users to stream movies and TV shows from Amazon's Instant Library.
It would also give the added incentive of free two-day shipping. We are sure that the Amazon web store would be fully integrated into the device making it easy to buy almost anything.
If a data plan could be shared among family members and come at a low cost that would make this phone that much better.
It is common knowledge that a data plan is the lifeblood of a smart phone, the cheaper the plan is, the easier it is for more people to stay connected.
Amazon could provide the data plan cheaply by licensing spectrum from big carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and others.
We think 20 GB would be a good place to start. (As a point of comparison, Apple only gives 5 GB of iCloud storage.)
Gmail paved the way by eliminating email size requirements, if Amazon wants to make an impact then it should do something game changing like eliminate cloud storage requirements.
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