How to get an Amazon Echo Dot for 99 cents

Deal alert: If you subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for one month, you can get an Amazon Echo Dot for 99 cents, making the total cost of this bargain just $9. It's easy to do, too -- here's how.

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For a limited time, Amazon is basically giving out its smallest Alexa speaker, the Echo Dot, for 99 cents. There are a couple caveats, of course, but this is still a no-brainer deal. 

Here's what you need to know.

How to get an Amazon Echo Dot for 99 cents

So, the Echo Dot normally costs $50. To get one for 99 cents, you must subscribe to Amazon's music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, for one month. In other words, this deal will cost you a total of $8.78 -- that includes the $7.99 for Amazon Music Unlimited, and the 99 cents for the Echo Dot.

Follow these steps, to get the Echo Dot deal:

  1. Sign in to your Amazon account. We suggest doing so from a desktop -- it's easiest.
  2. Go to this Amazon deal page
  3. Select the Echo Dot model you want. There are three color choices available.
  4. You'll then see a listing (like this) with the Echo Dot and Amazon Music Unlimited.
  5. Add the deal to your cart and proceed to checkout. That's it!

What are the requirements and limitations?

There are some limitations that may make you ineligible to get this deal:

  1. You must be a Prime member to get this deal for $8.78. If you're not, Amazon's terms and conditions show you'll have to pay the non-Prime price of $9.99 for Amazon Music Unlimited, bringing your total cost to $10.98. 
  2. You must be a new Amazon Music Unlimited subscriber. If you already are or have been before, it won't work. However, an easy workaround is to just purchase the deal with a partner's Amazon account. You can even add him or her to your Prime benefits (see how here) in order to get this deal at the cheapest price. 

Just remember that your Amazon Music Unlimited subscription will auto-renew after one month. Be sure to cancel it before the month is up -- if you want -- and you'll, of course, be able to keep the Echo Dot. 

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