Amazon Cuts Android Phone Prices for Memorial Day

Amazon Wireless is severely discounting 4G Android smartphones for its Memorial Day sale. How does a Droid Charge for $179.99 or a Motorola Atrix 4G for $99 sound?

Amazon is offering big Memorial Day discounts on 4G smartphones such as the pricey Samsung Droid Charge, Motorola Atrix 4G and other handsets.

When shoppers go to Amazon Wireless, the e-commerce giant's mobile gadget subsidiary, they will find roughly 18 4G Android handsets and the HP Veer 4G WebOS phone on sale through 11:59 PDT May 30.

Verizon Wireless normally sells the Droid Charge subsidized for $299.99 with a contract. Amazon Wireless is now offering this fun phone for $179.99. The kicker is that buyers must take a two-year contract with Verizon for the extra subsidy.

The Atrix 4G, which AT&T has been selling for $199.99 since February, now costs $99 through Amazon Wireless. Consumers may also buy AT&T's Samsung Infuse 4G Android phone, which normally retails for $199.99, for $129.99. Ditto for Verizon's HTC ThunderBolt.

Sprint and T-Mobile aren't being shut out of the Android sell-off either. T-Mobile's G2x 4G, which retails for $199.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate, can now be bought for $99.99.

Sprint's Samsung Nexus S 4G, normally a $199.99 gadget with contract, now runs an incredibly low $49.99. Considering that this is the only smartphone that will work with Google's Wallet service when it launches in New York and San Francisco this summer, that could prove quite a bargain for those who want to test the NFC-based mobile payment waters.

Amazon Wireless is also offering an Amazon Student exclusive in the form of a $10 Appstore credit with the purchase of the Sony Xperia Play, now through June 4.

Finally, anyone who buys a Windows Phone 7 handset from May 30 on will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This discount comes as Microsoft is struggling to sell smartphones based on its new mobile operating system.

Gartner said that of the 3.6 million phones running a Microsoft mobile OS sold worldwide in Q1, only 1.6 million were based on Windows Phone 7.

Gartner added that these devices failed to catch on as consumers bought Android phones or Apple's iPhone for the holiday season. Android grabbed 36 percent market share for the quarter, while Apple's iOS came in third with 16.8 percent of the market.