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Kindle Fire almost useless in Greece

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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 6:20:03 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
that version was tired to the US Kindle store and required a US credit card, however I understand you can now purchase apps online without having a US credit card and then sync and download them to your Kindle - what you can't do is purchase from the Kindle itself on the original Kindle Fire

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 5:09:23 AM PDT
flipoid says:
The first Kindle Fire came out in Nov. 2011. There have been great improvements in the newer models, in my opinion. (-: though I wish the 2013 HDX still had the HDMI port.

Posted on May 21, 2014 3:26:00 AM PDT
yes, i got my kindle fire when they first came out - 2008?9? so perhaps the more modern ones are even better

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 1:04:36 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
actually, if you have one of the 2012 or 2013 Kindle Fires, you don't need a US credit card to purchase apps now - the first Kindle Fire, yes, you do need one

and Mythos, I've used mine in France, Spain, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Russia to access email and purchase/download items successfully (not music or videos, though)

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 12:24:48 AM PDT
Many thanks for a calm response!! Now looking forward to taking my Kindle with me. Only thing I need to practice now is the rear facing camera. Great on Skype but a bit fiddly taking views etc etc. Thanks again Ruth.

Posted on May 21, 2014 12:09:40 AM PDT
I have my kindle fire in Greece and happily download and read mails at any wifi station - the issue is that you must have a us credit card and address to purchase items

Posted on May 20, 2014 11:57:22 PM PDT
I recently purchased a Kindle Fire. I intend taking it to Crete/Greece on holidays. Am I correct in thinking I can listen to music I have downloaded, play with downloaded apps etc. I mostly AM looking forward to receiving/sending E MAILS, taking and sending photographs/videos and most importantly using Skype. Our accommodation has WiFi on site. Will I be able to use my device or not?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 7:43:16 PM PDT
ThePrince says:
Stamatis, it's the same situation in Canada. Apps etc. and music and movies aren't available.

It has to do with stuff like software export laws and such.

Amazon is expanding in Europe so Greece should get access sooner or later.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 1:54:01 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Nook has only recently begun to be sold outside North America and that's just in the UK last I heard

and it's really easy to install the goodereader and 1mobile app store on your kindle and shop from them - this 60+ year old woman figured it out

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 1:45:57 PM PDT
PS56k says:
- Any good ideas? Will the appstore be available to those living outside the US border? Such discriminations do not apply to other tablets such as the rival iPad!!!!!
Well, let's see -
the authors and publishers are the ones that restrict the sales of their books outside the USA.... SO, you are barking up the wrong tree. It would be interesting to see how the BN Nook, Amazon Kindle, and Apple iPad all compare to usage outside of the USA along with the ability to actually purchase and download content from the US online app store.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 5:06:20 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 2:27:41 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
point of sale for print edition is in the US, but point of sale for digital items is you kindle

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 1:52:18 AM PST
fyi the regular kindle is available for sale in greece through amazon.
what i don't understand is why i can't subscribe to the kindle edition of a magazine because of "copyright" reasons but can subscribe to the print edition of that same title.

Posted on May 14, 2012 11:57:38 PM PDT
It is mostly Amazon policy how things work on the Fire and that policy can change anytime. The majority of the apps are available at Google's Play store worldwide so there is no law saying apps can't be downloaded outside the US. However, Amazon is scrambling just to keep up with changes. There's the front lit Kindle to develop. There are legal battles with publishers to fight. However, I am surprised that they haven't released an international Fire yet. Judging by these posts, there is an international demand. While the Nook is US only, their other competitors (iPad, Samsung) are international devices. Apple, Sony and Google have international ecosystems. While Apple had a huge headstart with iTunes, Amazon will eventually get there...I hope....

Posted on May 14, 2012 11:20:27 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Amazon markets the Eink Kindles for international use, the Fire is a Tablet device that is only marketed for the US market due to the restrictions on the video streaming and apps.

Posted on May 14, 2012 10:53:08 PM PDT
angiepapa says:
Amazon does market the kindle for international use but charges an additional fee for the download. I believe it cost me an additional $2.00 or so to download when I'm in Greece. It was free whenever I was stateside. My son uses it now. I now have an ipad I brought in Greece. It cost alot more but I can use a sim card anywhere in the world without a hassle.

Posted on May 14, 2012 10:32:07 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
On the product page did you click the Using This Outside the US link? If you did you would have got a pop up that says:

If you're traveling with Kindle Fire, you can access any content you've downloaded to your device or shop for new books and magazines anytime you like.
With a U.S. credit card, you'll also be able to purchase new apps and music for Kindle Fire while you are abroad.

To purchase, download or stream movies and TV shows, you must be physically present in the U.S. and have a U.S. billing address.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 9:39:28 PM PDT
do you use amazon prime?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 9:22:34 AM PDT
I am in Greece and am using my Fire that I brought from the States. Am having very few problems.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 11:42:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 11:43:07 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
what do you mean by they advertise it globally?

the only kindle ads I've seen in France are for the basic kindle and that's all I see when I go to on the front page

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 11:09:46 AM PST
European says:
Bjeans, I will take your comment as a joke. Amazon advertises the Fire globally and (probably fairly) gets it to rank top in the list of e-readers. Amazon however does not make it available to the global tablet market, but only to the US. And you're saying that the rest of the world is not justified to feel this as unfair?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2011 5:45:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 25, 2011 5:58:24 AM PST
Bjeans says:
Same size print as the text around it. And in italics for emphasis. First few lines of the main product page. If people read "U.S. only," it wouldn't occur to them to do 3 minutes of research?

I bought an item from a French on-line store recently, and first emailed the company to check if they shipped to the U.S. Just logical.

From the top of the Fire product page:

<<In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon Digital Services. Gift-wrap available.
Order now.

Orders are prioritized on a first come, first served basis. *U.S. only*>>

As for being more understanding, an OP making accusations of discrimination, unfairness and comparing this first version device to iPads, along with multiple exclamation points? Not so much. Though I do feel a bit for him, and his nice wife.

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 5:10:34 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
Amanda, there has been a month or more of people not researching whether or not this item that is supposed to only be sold to US customers then coming here and asking why. Then at least half of those people start whining about how unfair amazon is and how they discriminate against people from (fill in the country here). Some people are just getting a little tired of people not reading the product information. I understand both sides of the coin.

Personally, I saw the US only, and decided to wait until it was available to customers outside the US.

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 5:01:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 25, 2011 5:03:50 AM PST
Amanda says:
Yes not your problem but I still think people need to be a little more understanding how someone could make a mistake on this in their replies to the bloke - there can be a big difference in how people go about explaining it. If you can't be understanding on Christmas then what hope is there. Best bet is to try for a refund mate.
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