Amazon Prime Video Free Trial: Free Streaming for a Month

Phil Nickinson/Digital Trends

You’ve almost certainly heard of Amazon Prime, the online retailer’s premium subscription that comes with a slew of great benefits and services. You may be a little less familiar with Amazon Prime Video. Prime Video is Amazon’s streaming service that competes with Netflix and Hulu and offers a wide variety of shows, movies, and Prime original series. There are a number of ways to get Prime Video, but it’s not free, and if you’re here, you’re probably looking for an answer to the burning question: is there a free trial of Amazon Prime Video? We have the answer.

Is there a free trial of Amazon Prime Video?

There is indeed a free trial of Amazon Prime Video, but it is coupled with the free trial of Prime, which lasts for a month and may or may not be available to you. To see if you qualify, you must: and check. The general rule is that the free trial of Prime (and by extension, a free trial of Amazon Prime Video) is available to Amazon accounts that have either never signed up for a Prime trial or have not had Prime (either a trial or paid membership) time in the last 12 months.

Prime’s free trial usually lasts 30 days, similar to Hulu’s free trial. However, if you don’t qualify for the Amazon Prime Video free trial, be patient: Amazon sometimes offers its loyal customers free trials, so if you have an Amazon account (but not a Prime membership) and shop on the site regularly, you may one day find a Prime trial offer in your inbox. Often, however, these are shorter seven- or 14-day trial periods rather than the 30-day trial period. Nevertheless, it’s clear that Amazon is a bit more generous with these trials than other services – there’s no free trial of Disney+ or free Netflix, for example, but luckily it’s much easier to get a free trial of Amazon Prime Video.

Can you get Amazon Prime Video for free?

Amazon Prime is quite popular, with over 200 million subscribers, and Prime Video is no slouch either. You might be surprised to learn that Prime Video is available as a standalone subscription completely separate from Amazon Prime, and you can sign up for Prime Video for $9 a month. Sometimes you can get Amazon Prime or Prime Video for free through third-party offers. These can come with select purchases at select retailers or come with an internet or mobile network service (usually with upgraded plans, such as unlimited). If you want to sign up for a new ISP or switch carriers, do some research to see if any of them offer free Prime or Prime Video plans, even if you only get a few months before you have to pay or cancel your Prime membership.

One of those free Prime offers comes from T-Mobile, which bundles Amazon Prime with its prepaid Metro Unlimited plan. Prices for T-Mobile Metro start at $60 per line per month (and it’s cheaper per line if you add more lines to your plan), and since it’s prepaid, there are no annual contracts. That’s a nice way to get Amazon Prime for free, including Prime Video, if you’re looking for a new unlimited plan.

Are there Amazon Prime Video deals?

Amazon offers discounts to new Prime members quite regularly, you just need to keep your eyes peeled. Right now, for example, new Prime members can enjoy a 50% discount on their first three months of service. That brings the monthly price from $15 to $7.50 per month, which equates to $22.50 in savings over three months. However, after that, your subscription will revert to its regular price of $15 per month. Alternatively, you can always upgrade to the annual membership, which is another way to score an Amazon Prime deal.

Prime monthly membership is $180 a year ($15 a month for 12 months), but an annual Prime membership costs just $139. That’s about $11.60 a month on average and saves you $41 – admittedly not a fortune, but it is money in your pocket. Another way to save — provided you’re a student with a valid .edu email address — is to sign up for a Prime Student membership. Not only is this cheaper than a standard subscription at $7.50 per month or $69 per year, but you also get a whopping six months of free trial. That might be the most generous trial offer of any subscription service we’ve seen, but true to its name, Prime Student is only available to those enrolled in at least one course at a US university.

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