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Welcome to ReviewBox Brasil! If you are a fan of Amazon’s services, you must have already heard about the company’s newest subscription package, Amazon Prime.
Much more than an online shop, Amazon Prime arrived in Brazil to expand even further the services already offered by the company, with tempting prices.
In this article, we will explain to you what Amazon Prime is, how it works and what advantages you will get when you subscribe to Amazon Prime.
- 1 Summary
- 2 Amazon Prime: What’s included in the package?
- 3 Buying Guide: What is Amazon Prime?
- 4 Conclusion: Is Amazon Prime worth subscribing to?
- Amazon Prime works as a large package of services that offers subscribers exclusive promotions, free shipping and a range of digital content distributed via streaming.
- Amazon Prime subscription can be either monthly or annual, and prices are very low.
- In addition, you can also subscribe to additional packages that give you even broader access to Amazon’s digital book and music collection.
Amazon Prime: What’s included in the package?
As we have seen, there are numerous features that you can access when you sign up and become an Amazon Prime member. From shopping for products and books, to accessing movies, games, and music.
To give you a detailed look at the features of each of the Amazon Prime benefits, we’ve listed them all below.
Unlimited and free shipping
Currently, and outside of the Amazon Prime package, delivery of books and other products has free shipping only for purchases from £99 for books and games, and £149 for other products.
But as an Amazon Prime member, you can buy hundreds of thousands of products in more than 20 categories, plus millions of print books, without paying any shipping and with no minimum purchase amount.
Amazon’s video streaming that features series, movies and documentaries produced by the company itself and licensed from other production companies and movie studios is also part of Amazon Prime.
That is, Prime members can watch thousands of series and movies anytime, anywhere and on various devices: On the Prime Video website or app, either on your mobile phone, tablet (Android and iOS) or on selected Smart TVs, as well as video game consoles, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.
It is possible to access the content on up to three devices at the same time, and even offline when downloading the titles.
As we have seen, this is another service that Amazon has brought to Brazil. Amazon Prime members can access Prime Music and enjoy more than 2 million songs, ad-free.
In addition, it is possible to switch between songs and download to listen offline, all without limits. Prime Music also provides hundreds of playlists and stations at no additional cost.
Amazon Prime subscribers can listen to Prime Music music with the Amazon Music app, available for iOS and Android phones and tablets, with Fire TV, in webplayer; or in the car, with the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay apps.
Amazon Prime members can also enjoy a rotating selection of hundreds of ebooks, including fiction titles, non-fiction, English language books among others; plus magazines from Editora Abril, such as Veja, Claudia, Super Interesting and Saúde.
To start reading you need to download the free Kindle apps for Android and iOS, or read on any Kindle device.
In 2014, the company started selling printed books as well. In 2017, it made room for partner sellers to offer their products, and launched Amazon Video and Amazon Fire TV Sitck for streaming.
Then, the company started direct sales operations in the country. And, for this, Amazon already has two distribution centres in Brazil.
Another service available to Amazon Prime subscribers is Twitch Prime. With it, Prime members have access to game loots to enjoy on some of the world’s biggest titles such as, for example, Apex Legends, Grand Theft Auto Online and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
In addition, it is possible to access, for free, a selection of games and a subscription to a Twitch channel per month.
Finally, the Amazon Prime package also gives subscribers access to exclusive offers on products from the online shop.
Prime members will receive the announcement of flash offers at least 30 minutes before they are released to the general public.
Buying Guide: What is Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is Amazon’s subscription service that entitles you to a range of shopping and entertainment benefits through a single subscription.
Launched in September 2019 in Brazil, Amazon Prime is already used by over 100 million people in 18 countries. Brazil is the 19th country and the first in Latin America to receive Amazon’s subscription package.
By signing up for the program, you will have access, for example, to free and fast shipping on purchases of hundreds of thousands of baby, kitchen, electronics, clothing, and millions of books.
But the benefits are not only related to purchases. Amazon Prime also offers Amazon Originals content, movies and series, and a free selection of extra virtual items within games (loots) and games.
In addition, subscribers will also have access to two new Amazon services in Brazil: Prime Music and Prime Reading.
How do I sign up for Amazon Prime and how much does it cost?
To make it even easier and to give you options to choose, Amazon offers two payment methods, monthly and annual. The Amazon Prime annual subscription guarantees 25% savings.
See below the comparison table showing the two Amazon Prime subscription options and choose the best payment method:
|Prime Monthly||Prime Annual|
|Price||£9.90 per month||£89 per year|
|Shipping||Free and fast||Free and fast|
|Movies and series||Available||Available|
|Reading||Ebooks, magazines and more||Ebooks, magazines and more|
|Games||Player bonuses||Player bonuses|
The caveat we make is that, so far, the only payment method is by credit card and only three cards are accepted: Visa, Elo and Mastercard.
In addition, when you sign up for Amazon Prime, your subscription will automatically renew every year or month, depending on the type of subscription you choose.
But don’t worry if you happen to decide to end your subscription. Amazon allows you to turn off auto-renewal, ending your subscription at any time, including during the free trial. And that’s another benefit we’ll cover next.
Is it possible to test Amazon Prime before subscribing?
That means you can buy books and selected products with free delivery, access movies and videos, games and music at will. At the end of the trial period, your subscription will take effect automatically.
But, as we saw earlier, if you decide that Amazon Prime is not for you, simply turn off the subscription renewal before the trial period ends.
What are the types of free Amazon Prime deliveries?
In both cases there is no minimum purchase amount requirement and shipping is free. What changes between one option and another is basically the delivery time. Check below:
- Free Express Delivery: This option guarantees the delivery of products within two working days for the capital cities in the Southeast and South regions, as well as Goiânia and Brasília.
- Free Standard Delivery: For other cities, as well as for orders paid by bank payment slip and made-to-order products, the delivery time will depend on the circumstances of shipping and product availability.
It is worth noting that free delivery is valid only for products with the Prime seal.
Amazon Prime: What changes for Prime Video subscribers?
But, as we have seen, Prime Video is now part of the Amazon Prime package, with the advantage that the monthly subscription is cheaper, being £9.90 a month. So what changes for Prime Video subscribers?
If you already pay for Amazon Prime Video do not worry because you will not be harmed. Quite the opposite. According to Amazon, current subscribers of Prime Video will be automatically migrated to Amazon Prime.
So if you were already a subscriber of streaming video, from now on you will pay the new value, cheaper, and still have access to all the other benefits of the Prime package.
To give you an overview, check out the following gains you will get with Amazon Prime:
|Prime Video||Amazon Prime|
|Access to movies, series and documentaries||Yes||Yes|
|Free delivery of products and books||No||Yes|
|Access and download music, ebooks and magazines||No||Yes|
|Cost||£14.90 monthly||£9.90 monthly or £89 annually|
How to upgrade Amazon Prime services?
Amazon Music Unlimited
If you’re a Prime member you already know you’ll have access to Prime Music. But if you want to listen to even more music you can upgrade to Music Unlimited, the premium streaming music service with over 50 million songs.
In this case, you need to make an additional subscription of £ 16.90 per month, with a three-month free trial.
Kindle Unlimited follows the same principle. It is a service that makes even more books available than Prime Reading. To access the titles, you also need to make an extra subscription, in this case for £ 19.90, with a 30-day trial.
Conclusion: Is Amazon Prime worth subscribing to?
If you like to buy books and products and receive them at home, and you’re also a fan of movies, series, documentaries and music the answer is simple: Yes, it’s very worth trying Amazon Prime.
We emphasize the “try” because this is, along with the subscription price, one of the great advantages of Amazon Prime. In other words, you have the opportunity to try out all the services and content before you commit.
But even if you join the program you can still cancel your subscription at any time and without prejudice. Want more?
(Featured image source: Disclosure / Amazon)