Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Amazon Prime Membership Comparison US & Canada

Amazon Prime is a membership subscription service offered by Amazon in the US, Canada and a few other countries like Germany, Japan, UK, France, Italy, and India.

In this article, I will highlight some of the key Benefits of Amazon Prime subscription service in US and Canada.

From this Comparison of Amazon Prime Benefits in the US and Canada, you will notice that there is quite a difference between the services offered in this membership to US members compared to Canadian members.

Before you start reading this article, you can check this short video below to get a quick overview of the benefits offered in the Amazon Prime membership under the US and Canadian membership plans. Also, below you will find an Amazon Prime Benefits Comparison Chart which highlights the benefits in the US and Canadian memberships:

One of the main benefits of Amazon Prime is Free Shipping. Specifically, Free Two-Day shipping which is available in both, US and Canada. However, US members get an added benefit of FREE Same-Day Delivery on over a millions items in select metro areas. Additionally, US members get Free Two-Hour Delivery with Prime Now, on daily essentials and groceries. 

Prime Photos also comes with Prime membership which includes free unlimited photo storage on Amazon’s safe and secure Cloud Drive. You can backup and organize your photos, as well as easily share them with others. You can access your photos on the web via your desktop or laptop computer, or use the free Android or iOS app and access them using your phone. Amazon Prime Photos is available to both, US and Canadian members.

Prime Twitch is a live streaming-video platform and community which also is included with Amazon Prime for US and Canadian members. You get free game content every month, exclusive discounts on new releases, and much more.With Prime Twitch, members also get ad-free viewing and a free monthly Twitch channel subscription which they can use to support their favorite streamer.

Prime membership also includes free access to Amazon Video. It is a video-on-demand service which gives you access to thousands of TV shows & movies, for rental or purchase. However, it is only available under the US membership. At the time of writing this article, there has been buzz in the media that Amazon Video is coming to Canada.

This would mean that Canadian Prime members would get access to this amazing video-on-demand service. However, this news is not confirmed by Amazon, nor is any information available in terms of what content will be included for Canadian members. You also get a free Amazon Video app that allows you to download, and watch videos offline.

Prime Music is another benefit of Amazon Prime membership. You can listen to music from a library of over 2 million songs, ad-free music and on-demand. Prime Music is only available with the US membership, so Canadian members don't have access to this service. With Prime Music you will also get access to curated music playlists, but you can also create your own personalized playlists based on your taste in music. If you have any of the devices that use Amazon Alexa like Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap, you can play Prime Music with these devices - just ask Alexa.

Yet another benefit of Amazon Prime, is Prime Reading which gives you unlimited access to over a thousand books, magazines, Kindle Singles, and much more. You can access these on your computer and iOS or Android mobile devices. Prime Reading is available for US Prime members only. The membership also includes Prime Listening, giving you access to unlimited listening to original audio series from Audible, including a variety of curated playlists.

As an Amazon Prime member, you also get early access to Amazon Lightning Deals. This gives members access to, these lightning deals, 30 minutes before regular customers. You will find new deals every single day. The above are some of key benefits of the Amazon Prime Membership. Below you can see a comparison chart that gives you a summary of the benefits, for US and Canadian Prime members.

Amazon Prime Benefits are subject to change. Please check the Amazon website for updates.

The annual cost of the Amazon Prime membership is US$99 (for the US membership) and C$79 (for the Canadian membership). The US membership is also available as a monthly subscription for $10.99. Also, if you only wish to get the Amazon Prime Video membership, you can get it for $8.99 a month. You can test-drive Amazon’s Prime membership FREE for 30 days.

The above pricing is subject to change. Please check the Amazon website for latest prices.

Amazon Prime also makes a great gift, so you can gift it to your friends and family for any occasion. Also, students get special 50% discount on Amazon Prime Membership. Students get a 6-month trial period. and get 2-Day Free Shipping on millions of products sold on Amazon.

Once the trial period ends, students can upgrade to Amazon Prime at 50% off the regular Prime membership cost. There are some restrictions during the trial period and you won't get access to all the benefits available on the regular full membership, for example, Prime Music. You can start your FREE Trial of Amazon Prime, by clicking the banner below:

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