It’s been long rumored that Amazon plans to launch its Prime service in India as well. While there is still no official announcement about a launch date, a new report states that it could be introduced as early as next week. Amazon will celebrate its third year in India, since debuting back in June of 2013, and could launch the Prime service on the occasion. Also Read - Amazon School from Home store live in India: What's newAlso Read - Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) launched in India: It comes with Alexa integration
This news comes courtesy of MakTechBlog, which found ‘Prime’ mentioned on Amazon India website’s source code. The company is likely to launch a dedicated webpage as well with the address — amazon.in/gp/prime — which is yet to go live. Also Read - Amazon Pay to soon start facilitating small loans and insurance for kirana shops
The source code also mentions a small description of the Amazon Prime service, along with a small glimpse at what will be on offer. The source code reads, “Introducing Amazon Prime: FREE Guaranteed Two-Day Delivery. With Amazon Prime, you get fast delivery on lakhs of eligible items. No minimum order size. Start your 30-day free trial.”
What is however not mentioned is the subscription rate. Prime has been available in the US for quite some time now, and it costs $99 (approximately Rs 5,946) per year and a discounted $39 (approximately Rs 2,342) for students.
Prime is essentially the inspiration behind Flipkart’s First service, and subscribers are entitled to free two-day shipping with no minimum order size, unlimited streaming of movies and videos on Amazon Instant Video, and a service called Kindle Owners Lending Library, wherein Kindle owners can borrow one free e-book from Amazon s library.
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In addition to free and fast deliveries, Prime subscribers in India are also likely to get access to the Amazon Instant Video service. As the name suggests it is a movie and TV show streaming service, and Amazon is believed to be in talks with various content providers in the country as well. Reports suggested that some of these content providers included Yash Raj Films, Eros International and some music labels as well.