Amazon Prime explained – and how to sign up for its free trial

It’s Amazon Prime Day and the online retailer is offering ‘thousands’ of deals to lock you in online.

But to access them, you’ll have to be a member – which comes at a price.

That’s £79 a year or £7.99 a month, which will also give you 24/7 entertainment at your fingertips – including films, music and e-books as and when you please.

Luckily though, there IS one way to enjoy the perks without paying. As the annual Prime Day sale gets underway, we’ve unclosed the secrets to get your access for free – today – and all year round.

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What does Amazon Prime offer?

  • Unlimited one-day delivery on your Amazon orders in the UK

  • Unlimited video streaming of 15,000 TV shows and movies through Amazon Prime Instant Video (formerly LoveFilm)

  • Access to Amazon’s music library, with unlimited downloads and streams

  • Prime Photos for unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. You also get 5GB of cloud storage for other types of files.

  • Access to 800,000 free e-books

  • Borrow one of over 500,000 titles per month for free on any Kindle device

  • 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals – including Prime Day.

How much is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime costs £79 a year or £7.99 a month if you break it down. Students can get membership for half price at £39 a year – you can find out more below.

Can I give Amazon Prime a go for free?

Customers that aren’t ready to sign away £79, can take advantage of Amazon’s 30-day Prime Trial with access to all the benefits of a paying member for free for a month.

If you’re signing up for the free 30-day trial, don’t forget to set a reminder to cancel before the subscription ends – or you’ll be charged the £79 annual fee.

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Free 1-day delivery for 6 months and half price Prime for students

Students that sign up to Amazon Prime’s trial can get six months’ free Amazon next day deliveries, and 50% off full Prime membership after the trial ends – £39 for a year instead of £79.

The student version of the Prime free trial offers all the same benefits of a full paying member, minus Prime Instant Video (TV and film access) and the Kindle Lending Library.

The £39 membership, however, will allow you full access to all the benefits of Amazon Prime, including Prime Day.

What happens after the 30-day trial period?

Your membership will automatically upgrade to an annual plan for £79 a year.

If you do not wish to upgrade, go to ‘Your Account’ and select ‘Do not upgrade’ before you free trial expires.

If I cancel my Prime membership, will I get a refund?

Yes, you can. But you won’t get a refund if you cancel within the 12-month period.

Amazon Prime discount codes

At various times of the year, Amazon launch intro offers for new members, with £5 to £10 off off your first order when made via the Prime Now app (you’ll have to download it from the Apple App store here or Google Play here). Keep an eye out for these in your inbox.

Likewise, there’s also Amazon Prime Day – a 24 hour Black Friday style sale that Amazon have hosted in previous years.

For more discounts, keep an eye on our Amazon voucher codes page. You can check eligible postcodes for Prime here.

Amazon Prime Now: Can I order my groceries online?

You can now also order all your food groceries online at the retailer, thanks to Amazon Prime’s latest service Prime Now.

The giant has been selling dry groceries like bottled water, coffee and nappies for a while but has just expanded to fresh items like milk, cheese, frozen pizza and butter with delivery within the hour.

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Where is Amazon Prime Now available?

Amazon is gradually rolling out the service to areas near its big depots.

The service started around the Birmingham area and central to east London but, one-hour delivery via Prime Now is also available in Merton, Wandsworth and many cities outside of the capital.

You can find out if your street is covered by entering your postcode here.

In addition, Amazon Prime customers in Kingston, Sunbury and Croydon can get items through its two-hour delivery windows.

How do I get Amazon Prime Now?

You need to sign up for Prime Now online which costs £79 a year, although there is a 30 day free trial option, but you must remember to cancel before the 30 days ends if you don’t want it or you’ll be charged.

Then you download an app to your smartphone and you are ready to go.

What can I order for one hour delivery?

You can’t just get a pint of milk, you have to order a minimum of £20 worth of stuff and then pay £6.99 delivery, plus Amazon add a £2 tip for the delivery man, although you can remove this.

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Whether you’re new to Amazon, or a Prime member, we’ve uncovered the 7 best tips, tricks and vouchers to help you get more for your money – from how mums can save on nappies to free delivery.

Parents can also save a few quid on nappies, maternity wear and more through Amazon’s Family 30-day-trial, including free next day delivery and 30% off cleaning products.

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