(Reuters) - AT&T Inc will exclusively carry Amazon.com Inc's long-rumoured smartphone that is expected to be launched on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the plans. (r.reuters.com/gav22w)
Amazon.com revived speculation about its next major product earlier this month, using a mysterious YouTube video and website post to announce a June 18 “launch event” in Seattle to be hosted by Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.
The Journal and several tech blogs have reported that the internet retailer may be working on a phone with a three-dimensional display.
Rumours of an Amazon-designed smartphone have circulated for years, though executives have played down ambitions to leap into a heavily competitive and increasingly saturated market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
AT&T was the exclusive partner of Apple Inc when it launched the iPhone in 2007.
AT&T declined to comment, while Amazon could not be reached immediately.
Shares of both companies were little changed in premarket trading on Tuesday.
Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Ted Kerr and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty