Amazon removes lockscreen offers and ads from Prime Exclusive phones

Amazon Prime Exclusive phones remove lockscreen ads

Going forward, new phones from the program will ship without lockscreen offers and ads, and customers who already own a Prime Exclusive Phone will receive a free software update that will remove the ads this week. Beginning Wednesday, February 7, Amazon will no longer load lock screen advertisements or offers on Prime Exclusive phones. Amazon says it's making this change so consumers can take advantage of advanced features like facial recognition and fingerprint sensors. The retailer states that the change is meant to make the user experience better, by letting owners use the increasingly more prevalent fingerprint readers and unlocking features that bypass the lock screen. Currently, you have to press a fingerprint sensor twice on these phones to unlock.

And while the devices will still be discounted from their list price, Amazon has said that it will increase the prices of all current phones in the Prime Exclusive portfolio by $20. Here's the full statement. "Customers who now use a Prime Exclusive Phone will receive a free update starting this week with this change, which will remove the lockscreen offers and ads". Future Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets will be available only to those who have signed up for membership to Prime, and will be sold unlocked.

This will allow you to more easily use your phone's mobile unlock technology, as well as personalize your lockscreen with a photo or wallpaper.
To compensate for the removal of ads, the devices will be pre-installed with Amazon's apps, including Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, and an Amazon widget.

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The worst part of it, though, is the baked-in lock screen offers and ads.

Still, the phones will continue to come pre-loaded with Amazon apps, so you're still buying into the retailer's ecosystem.

Amazon Prime phones could be exempt from this policy since customers agree to the ads for a lower-priced device and they had the option of paying to turn them off.

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