After you have loaded a gift card, go to amazon online and 'buy' a free item. It will ask for an address, but no credit card and will send the item wirelessly. After you have done that, the free items can be 'purchased' directly from the Kindle.
Dear Amazon Kindle team: This is clearly a foul. It makes absolute no sense to use credit card information in order to get the free apps. The risk is mentioned by many here that children can pay for inappropriate stuff "by accident". Will only a law suit help you change the way you do business? By the way, Apple has learned the lesson 2 years ago when iPad had the same issue. The outcome: they changed it. Please listen to the customers and do the right thing. You don't choose to be big and arrogant!!!!
Ms. V.A. - You can purchase books. You can load your own videos. You can get on the internet. You can load your own MP3 music files from CDs you've burned. You may be able to sideload apps from other sites like getjar.com. You will not be able to stream or purchase video or apps from http://amazon.com.
The Fire is sold in the US only because you will need a US address and credit card to buy content. Therefore, a Fire outside the US will have very little functionality. There is no work-around for this.
My daughter brought a fire today after her old kindle broke again. We live in Antigua but only have UK credit cards. Now we are unable to register the kindle because we don't have a US address and credit card. Does anyone know a way of getting around this, or has the purchase been a waste of money?
Sara, get him a visa gift card that has an expiration date on it. (they sell them at Walmart, CVS, BestBuy, etc) He can enter that just as if it was a credit card and he will have access to everything he needs.
thats exactly what I was referring to King Al. I dont know why so many people have an issue understanding it. The kindle is based on a droid app. I'm a Engineer by trade and I know it would't take much effort on Amazon's part to implement an update that would allow you to put passwords on your kindle fire so your young teen cannot make purchases by accident. The fact of the matter is that amazon doesn't want to remove this capability. They want people to have the easy 1 click option so purchases are as simple as a click away. They make millions this way. How many people are going to waste their time calling customer service to get a refund because they purchased an app for .99 cents when they meant to download the free app. I know I wouldn't. My time is worth more than the .99 cents. Multiply this by a few hundred thousand and voila you got an extra million or so. They dont want this feature removed period. I jailbroke mine and my kid loves it now and the best thing is its a full droid tablet now. I downloaded the kindle app which is kinda hilarious......LOL
CAD, I'm pretty sure they will have to at least have a prepaid credit card *with an expiration date* to use as proof that they are in the US for legally buying apps and such. After that, you can use gift cards for the actual funding if preferred.
Why is it such a big deal that a United States of America mailing address is confirmed anyway? Is there some Free-App-International-Police-Force out there that is going to shut down Amazon for letting a rogue French-Canadian or Terrorist-minded Peruvians get a hold of Angry Birds???
If this is just some more legal-lawyer-attorney-insurance-bank-liability crap, I wouldn't want to be one of those guys after this next Christmas!
I think I smell a new "Occupy- (enter your gripe here [corporate legal firm, Amazon, etc.]) Movement" in the making...!!!
Who and the heck wants to do all this trouble. This whole device is useless to young adults. Who wants to register and unregister or have to setup prepaid accounts to download free apps?? If I buy a samsung galaxy tablet I dont have to do any of this. Its all droid OS so what is restricting us? Its amazon thats who. I could just as easily wipe this thing and install droid OS and get rid of the amazon interface altogether which would fix that issue but again who wants to do all that. AMAZON!!! FIX YOUR PRODUCT and FIRE YOUR QUALITY CONTROL DEPARTMENT
I wish I would have read this posts before I bought my kidle fire for my 10 year old son. Here is my recent post
I purchased this for my son's 10th birthday and I have been tinkering around with the kindle the past few hours and already would 100% not recommend this product for pre teens. Doesn't anyone think or properly test products anymore?? I think the kindle is absoultely useless for the below reason. I bet many people do not realize this either so I hope this helps.
In order to obtain any of the apps including all of the free ones you must have a method of payment on file. I called customer service and explained why this was ridiculous and that I didn't want to turn a 10 year old loose with a device registered with my credit card and the ability to use 1-click purchasing option. I was then informed by the 2nd customer service agent that I spoke to that this could be avoided by having a gift card in his name and under his account. I purchased a $10 card and placed it under his account. But guess what? If that 10 dollars gets used for apps that he wants to purchased the gift card is basically used up and disappears from the account and he can no longer download any free apps because there is no method of payment on his account. Now I'm back to square one. I was told by the third customer service agent that there is no way I can restrict purchases or limit the account. I could remove the one click but that could just as easily be re-enabled.
All amazon had to do was to include a small security setting that you could turn on or off with in the droid software that would allow you to restrict purchases. For example, entering a password or something similar when you want to purchase an app. This way if you let your kids use the kindle you dont have to worry about accidental purchases.
Amazon, can you please explain why you have to have a method of payment on file to download any free apps?? This doesnt make any sense. The good news is this is going back to BB first thing tomorrow morning.
I am thirteen. I just got a kindle fire for my birthday. How do I load a gift card onto my kindle without using my parents' credit cards? My parents are cheaper than this kindle seems to be worth. Does anyone have a suggestion?
Every electronics product sold in every country around the world is sold for use only in the country that it was bought in, unless you are buying from an importer. No electronics company has to put that on any of their packaging becuase it's standard, it's the way it has been for decades, it's the way electronics work. Electronics companies don't always explain voltage requirements on packages, or what the region codes mean, or what PAL/NTSC are, etc. They tend to be in the manuals in the package or on their websites. If you buy a piece of electronics in one country with the intent to use it in another you are the one responsable for doing the research beforehand to see if it will work.
I fully agree with you. However, how many people will have read in small font size Amazon.com website before going physically to an official, authorized Amazon retail store, before buying it without ANY disclaimer on the device itself that would mitigate a not-so-small risk of a salesman avid for pushing products to clients ? Where is it written in Kindle package or Best Buy shelves that such technical constraint exists ?
I am not blaming Amazon on behalf of Best Buy. It's obvious that Best Buy fails in this case. But, no matter what retail store is, it's a manufacturer fault to not make it clear for any customer, specially those that prefer going walking to an 'authorized' store to buy their products instead of buying online only.
It's not a minor issue. Paying for something and finding thousands of disclaimers online after experiencing the issue is even more frustrating.