As a tech addict who lives in a remote area, Amazon Prime is a godsend for me: getting stuff delivered to my door quickly when it would otherwise necessitate a three hour round trip is well worth the nominal fee. Amazon hopes you'll agree, and to that end they've now included the ability to sign up for an Amazon Prime free trial right in the official Amazon app.

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If you qualify for Prime (and just about everybody does), you can sign up for a 30-day trial within the app itself. Cancel within the trial period to avoid the yearly charge, which is currently $79. It's just too bad that there's no way to watch all that free video on your phone. Ahem.

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The Amazon store app also includes alternative payment methods, including "points" from partners like American Express, Discover, and Chase. Of course you'll need to be actively enrolled in one of these programs, and points may not be applicable to all items on Amazon. You can also add credit from an Amazon gift card or add a secure bank account payment method. Our Canadian readers will be happy to know that the Lightning Deals can now be viewed from the app if you've got an Amazon.ca account.

A few bug fixes are thrown in, as usual. The separate Amazon tablet app should be updated to match this functionality soon.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Allow us to stream videos from Prime already!

  • ramie

    I hope Amazon would revamp their app and enhance the UI. It is very confusing and hard to navigate that I find the mobile website easier to search.

  • skitchbeatz

    Still using gingerbread style modals i see...

  • PhoenixPath

    Great! /s

    Now give us an app for Prime (Instant Video).


    (I'm not the least bit bitter or anything...)

    • Wyatt Neal

      But if they do that, what reason would you have to but a Kindle Fire HD XD OnFireD More-Powerful-Than-Superman-Batman-Spider-Man-and-The-Incredible-Hulk-Put-Together tablet computer phone reader?

  • brnpttmn

    It's already been said...but...RELEASE A PRIME INSTANT VIDEO STREAMING APP!

    • Ivan

      Yeah I am waiting too... And I can't understand why it takes so long..

  • Mlibbey

    why isnt it compatible with my nexus 5? but wiht all my other phones and tablets it is? hmm