Amazon Prime Lite subscription plan spotted in beta testing in India: here’s how much it may cost

The Amazon Prime Lite plan will offer users two-day delivery, SD quality video streaming on two devices only, and more.

Highlights
  • The Amazon Prime Lite subscription tier will reportedly cost Rs 999 per year
  • It will allow users to stream any content, but only in SD quality and on two devices at a time
  • One of two devices will compulsorily need to be a mobile phone, as per initial reports

Amazon has reportedly begun testing a new tier of its all-inclusive membership service, Amazon Prime. The new tier, which will apparently be called Amazon Prime Lite, has been spotted under a selective beta trial program by tech blog OnlyTech — which has since posted screenshots of the plan’s offering. The key aspects of its offering is fundamentally different from what the standard Prime subscription plan offers in India at the moment, and is likely a move to increase the company’s subscriber count in the country.

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Amazon Prime Lite price in India (expected)

According to OnlyTech, Amazon Prime Lite will be offered at a pricing of Rs 999 per year — in contrast to the standard tier of Amazon Prime price in India being Rs 1,499 per year. To be sure, after an introductory period of the Amazon Prime membership being offered at Rs 999 per year, the company increased its pricing by nearly 50 percent in December 2021.

Now, at this reduced pricing, Amazon will reportedly offer users the benefit of guaranteed, free, two-day delivery of products on the e-commerce platform — in contrast to same-day or one-day deliveries that the standard Prime plan provides. On the streaming front, Amazon Prime Lite will give users the benefit of accessing all the content that standard Prime subscribers get. However, instead of the highest resolution of video streams (of up to 4K), Prime Lite members will only get non-HD streaming, and the number of devices that can access the same account at one time is limited to two. Of the two devices, one has to be a mobile device.

To be sure, Amazon already has a mobile-only streaming plan in India, priced at Rs 599 per year.

Apart from these, Amazon Prime Lite users will not get access to other verticals such as Prime Music, Prime Gaming, e-books and no-cost EMIs on products — all of which are available for the standard tier.

Amazon has not offered an official statement on the beta trial of Prime Lite, so it is not clear as to by when would the company announce the plan officially. More details should surface in the coming days.