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Amazon bumping Prime subscription fee from US$99 to US$119

Amazon Prime Video logo, Amazon Prime subscription up to US$119 in May 2018 (Source: Amazon)
Amazon Prime Video logo (Source: Amazon)
The annual Amazon Prime fee will rise to US$119 in two weeks. The annual subscription cost for this service of US$99 has been around since 2014 when Amazon had increased it from the initial value of US$79. However, the benefits of a Prime membership now include ad-free movies, Kindle eBook loans, and even in-car delivery.

Introduced back in 2005 in the US for a flat annual fee of US$79, Amazon Prime first offered free two-day shipping within the contiguous United States and discounted one-day shipping rates. In 2014, the cost of the subscription was increased to US$99. However, the list of benefits already included Amazon Video streaming, the ability to borrow certain popular Kindle e-books for free, Prime Music ad-free streaming as well as Amazon Prime Photos unlimited photo storage. Now, we are two weeks away from a new price bump.

Earlier this week, Amazon launched in-car deliveries, available at no extra cost for Prime members. Depending on the area, subscribers can even enjoy free two-hour delivery, and Amazon Prime members can also sign up for Prime Rewards Visa cards that provide a 5 percent cash back on Amazon or Whole Foods items. However, the price of the Amazon Prime subscription is soon going up to US$119.

In addition to the above, Amazon Prime members can get multiple other deals, such as discounted Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions, free and discounted games thanks to the Twitch Prime membership (freely available for Prime members), and much more.

Those interested in grabbing an Amazon Prime membership for a year have two more weeks at their disposal before the price goes up to US$119. A monthly membership is also available and those who want to follow this path have to pay a monthly fee of US$12.99. At last, those who are only interested in the Prime Video content can subscribe to this service alone for US$8.99 a month.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-04-27 (Update: 2018-04-27)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.