Amazon Canada has today introduced a monthly membership option for its Prime services. Beforehand, those wanting Amazon Prime above the border would have to pay the $79 annual fee upfront to gain access to its benefits, but can now opt to pay $7.99 per month instead. Prime members in the U.S. have had the option to pay monthly since late 2016, with UK members also being able to pay per month for some time.
Mike Strauch, country manager for Amazon Canada said:
Prime brings together the best of entertainment and shopping into a simple package at an unbelievable value for Canadians. With the launch of a monthly membership, we have added yet another easy way to enjoy Prime benefits.
Most will already be familiar with Amazon Prime and its shipping benefits that are available on millions of products. It’s what makes buying from Amazon super easy and convenient.
But Prime membership also gives you access to thousands of TV shows and movies with Prime Video — including original and exclusive content like The Grand Tour, Man in the High Castle and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan — available to stream instantly on your tablet, phone or smart TV.
As well as Video, you’ll also be able to stream music to heart’s content as Prime Music is included in your Prime membership with over one million songs available at no additional cost. That’s not to mention game content via Twitch Prime, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Drive and exclusive early access to many Lightning Deals.
Those possessing a sharp mathematical mind will, of course, have noticed that the cost of Prime membership paid monthly for the year will amount to more than the annual $79 membership. But the option to pay per month gives shoppers the flexibility to cancel their membership at any time and renew it when they need it.
You can sign up for Amazon Prime and take advantage of the new monthly pricing, or opt to pay for the year in full, if you prefer, and new members can make the most of a 30-day free trial when doing so.