Amazon is kicking off summer by offering a steep discount on nearly 20 4G phones — with contract — including high-end devices like the LG Revolution, Samsung Droid Charge, HTC Thunderbolt and Google Nexus S 4G.
The Seattle-based retailer’s is also offering a $25 gift card with any Windows phone, and $10 in Amazon Appstore credit with a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
Amazon hopes its Memorial Day sale entices deal-seeking customers and draws them to its new Appstore. The company, which launched the Android marketplace, is trying to grab a piece of the surging sector.
Its Appstore has had its battles, as widely-publicized with Apple’s attempt to shut Amazon out for trying to use a name similar to their “App Store.” Amazon’s next battle will be the get people to pay attention to something other than the name battle — the app store itself.
Total mobile app store revenue totaled more than $2 billion last year, with Apple leading the way. Amazon’s chances of taking over the market, even with an Android bent on its side, remain unclear.