How low can you go? Amazon dishes up 4G Kindle Fire data plan for just $50 per year

How low can you go? Amazon dishes up 4G Kindle Fire data plan for just  per yearWe were happy enough with the new Kindle e-readers and the trio of new Kindle Fire tablets Amazon boss Jeff Bezos announced in Santa Monica tonight, but in true “one more thing” style, there was a pretty big surprise just when we thought the event was drawing to a close.

Amazon has announced another new tablet, the Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE, which will go for $499 up front plus a $49.99 data plan fee... per year.

Yes, that's right – in the land of ridiculously expensive mobile contracts, Amazon has stepped in and offered a plan that costs for a whole year what some deals cost every month.

Signing up gets you 250MB of data per month, 20GB of cloud storage, plus a $10 Amazon gift voucher, on top of a 32GB 8.9in Kindle Fire HD tablet, which aside from the 4G radio and larger storage quota is the same as the non-4G model announced yesterday.

That means a total cost of ownership for year one of just $549, which Bezos pointed out isn't far short of half the $959 you'll pay for the closest equivalent iPad 3 deal.

Amazon's new high-end tablet contender will go on sale in the US in just two weeks' time, but with the UK's 4G infrastructure only now starting to get off the ground, not to mention Amazon's poor track record in launching its gadgets internationally, we wouldn't hold our breath waiting for this one.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 20:45

250MB per month isn't much, even at that price. Wonder what the out-of-bundle charge will be? $5 per MB? :p (that'd be the irish way)

Pondlife  Sep. 6, 2012 at 20:48

250mb/month on 4g *chuckles*
Not to mention that it only seems to have the 4g as a difference for the additional $200, surely there's more?
Oh 32gb instead of 16gb, hmm

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 21:01

HAHAHA...

250mb per month, that's funny.

Pondlife  Sep. 6, 2012 at 21:04

Someone on verge thread says 6y8m just using the 250mb to fill the cloud storage :)

Some point out that 250mb/m is $15/m on at&t ipad plan..... oO

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 21:13

Someone on verge thread says 6y8m just using the 250mb to fill the cloud storage :)

Some point out that 250mb/m is $15/m on at&t ipad plan..... oO


oops

Pondlife  Sep. 6, 2012 at 21:19

Bigger ones not out til November btw rather than next week, no mention on Amazon's site of costs for over 250mb could be limited to that.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 21:28

Bigger ones not out til November btw rather than next week, no mention on Amazon's site of costs for over 250mb could be limited to that.
in that case: why bother? Get used to only using it over wifi.
Any word on their browser? It is compressing serversite, so 250MB mifghtn't be as bad as it sounds. Use Opera Mobile with Turbo enabled and you get pretty far with 250MB ;)

Pondlife  Sep. 6, 2012 at 21:42

Less far than once you start getting books or music though. And definitely have to keep an eye on app updates..
I agree don't see the benefit in the $130 cost for 4g regardless of the actual data costs
Nice to see hdmi on them though

SpeedyG  Sep. 7, 2012 at 00:21

Not applicable to UK till 2013/14.

So who cares anyway?

:p

(250mb data plan seems puny tho.)

blizzard7  Sep. 7, 2012 at 00:33

Sounds like a great deal. Especially given that you could max out 250 MB in about 2 minutes (not even an exaggeration).

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 00:38

Sounds like a great deal. Especially given that you could max out 250 MB in about 2 minutes (not even an exaggeration).
You're right, with an LTE DL speed of 20mbps you'd have used it all in just under 2 mins (2 mins would be 264mb).

socialjeebus  Sep. 7, 2012 at 03:40

Wow, $15 for 250mb - I thought I was a pretty decent deal ($6 for 10gb), now I know I am.

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