NEW YORK -- Amazon is back in the phone business - sort of.
After its own Fire phone flopped, Amazon is selling special editions of other manufacturers' phones at a $50 discount. They'll come with ads on the lock screen and about 10 Amazon apps on the home screen.
Amazon.com Inc. is touting the discount as a benefit of its $100-a-year Prime loyalty program. Membership is required, and Amazon figures that those customers will appreciate having single sign-on access to Amazon's various apps.
The new phones are the Moto G from Motorola and the R1 HD from Blu. They will run a standard version of Google's Android system, rather than Amazon's highly modified version, called Fire OS, which Fire used.
Orders begin Wednesday, and the phones start shipping July 12.
After Fire flop, Amazon returns with special edition phones