If the perks of an Amazon Prime membership appeal to you, but the year-long commitment doesn't, Sprint has a proposal that may intrigue you: Why not go month-to-month on Amazon Prime.
The wireless carrier announced that its subscribers can now sign up for Amazon Prime on a month-by-month basis. The catch? If you stick with Amazon Prime for a year, you'll end up paying much more than you would if you had just signed up for an annual membership with Amazon's premium service.
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Sprint customers can pay $10.99 a month for an Amazon Prime membership through the wireless carrier. An annual Amazon Prime membership regularly costs $99. That means at Sprint's rate, you'll start paying more for the service after nine months. A full year of Amazon Prime at Sprint' monthly rate will run you $131.88.
That certainly isn't a deal if you want an annual Amazon Prime membership. But if you only see yourself using the service for a few months, Sprint's offer has some appeal. There's no minimum commitment to a monthly Amazon Prime membership through Sprint, so if you only anticipate needing expedited shipping or access to Amazon original programming for a month or two, Sprint's offer gives you the option of canceling your Prime membership once it's served its purpose.
Under Sprint's Amazon Prime membership, you'll get free two-day shipping from the retailer. You'll also get access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Amazon Prime membership benefits also include 20 percent off video game pre-orders through the first two weeks after those games are released.
Sprint subscribers can sign up for Amazon Prime through the carrier's website, over the phone or at a Sprint store.
Sprint's partnership with Amazon is the latest example of wireless carriers offering services from other providers as a lure to attract new subscribers. AT&T, for example, lets its wireless subscribers add on TV service from AT&T-owned DirecTV for unlimited monthly data plans. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is offering an MLB.TV Premium subscription that will deliver streaming coverage baseball games for free to customers who sign up by April 10.