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3GB/5GB Data Plan Options


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Initial post: Sep 6, 2012 1:42:20 PM PDT
N. Sylvain says:
The product page for the Fire HD 4G LTE model states:

"If you need more data, additional 3 GB and 5 GB data plans are also available for purchase. You can sign up for a data plan right from your device."

No pricing information whatsoever. So, what *is* the price for those, or when will be know what the pricing would be?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 1:43:11 PM PDT
JimmyTheD says:
Have to wait for amazon to tell us.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 1:43:19 PM PDT
N. Sylvain says:
I'd prefer a straight answer, but educated guessing would be a good plan B too. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 1:44:05 PM PDT
N. Sylvain says:
Impatiently wait, yes! Heh.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 1:45:45 PM PDT
B. Furman says:
It is just going to be AT&T's current 3 GB and 5 GB offers.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 1:59:29 PM PDT
N. Sylvain says:
I just looked at that pricing. Probably not worth it for me then. Wi-Fi it is!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 5:10:10 AM PDT
Dave says:
let's face it, that's where the money is. 250 mb is nothing. I use 500 mb right now on my phone without doing much. Why do I have to buy a device to find out? My guess is 3GB will be $30/month so really the 4G service $410/year not $50/year.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 5:11:09 AM PDT
Dave says:
what is the pricing? where did you find it?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 5:12:32 AM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Look on AT&Ts website at the tablet data plans.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 9:19:01 AM PDT
Jay Tee says:
For 250 MB a year, the price is $50. If the pricing stays true ($50 per 250 MB), that would bring the 2 GB plan to $400 and the 5 GB plan to $1000, which would make them expensive for dedicated 4G LTE tablet service (at about $84 a month for the 5GB plan). However, it is plausible to assume that as the amount of data you want goes up, they will charge less per mb.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 9:23:29 AM PDT
KindlePad says:
We'll just have to wait and see on pricing for bigger plans. Clearly the $50 a year was a "press release" number intended to make a big splash - which it did. People who don't understand how little 250mb a month is look at it and go "WOW! LTE for just $50 a year"! I suspect most people getting an LTE Fire will blow thru that in the first week or even the first day.

The vicious circle of having fast networking like LTE is that... because you can surf the web so fast on a tablet (away from wifi) you will find yourself doing so more & more - so your data usage will go way over the 250mb.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 9:49:47 AM PDT
Mary McManus says:
If you confine yourself to e-mail and regular web surfing, but no streaming, the 250 megs lasts quite awhile. Forget about streaming movies over 3G, LTE or whatever.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:58:22 AM PDT
Quincy says: "let's face it, that's where the money is. 250 mb is nothing. I use 500 mb right now on my phone without doing much"

Phones seem to use more cell data than tablets do. I don't know why. I do about the same things on my iPhone as I do on my iPad but I ave under 100MB per month on my iPad vs about 500MB per month on my iPhone. What I do is just about everything other than streaming movies (which I do only on WiFi). I surf the web, use the GPS/Map, play games that are either online or access an online system, email from multiple accounts, stream music, etc.

But yea, a heavier cellular user who will eat up that 250MB pretty quick. It seems to be simply a cheaper offering for lighter users (or heavy users who ave a lot of WiFi access like me) that isn't available on any other tablet. For those who need it they offer the same 3/5GB plans as any other tablet would get from AT&T (according to the press release.. says you can get the 2 alternative plans directly from AT&T from the Fire).

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 10:43:49 AM PDT
Dave says:
The cost of the tablet would be $500, plus another $410 for the 3GB data plan. That's $910, and even more for 5GB plan. Amazon's whole thing is delivering content. People aren't going to buy a $500 device to do email and surf the web. How much data is used streaming a movie from Amazon Prime? You would go 6X over limit streaming one HD movie.

The second things is apps. What apps will be available beyond Amazon's proprietary and what will their cost be?

Don't get me wrong. I love Amazon and am a big customer. I just sense from this message board that most people are a little naive about how little data they will get with a 250MB limit, and when they get hit with their first overage bill, which could be 3 or 4 times that $49.95 year price. There will be a backlash. I also think Amazon is not being as forward as they might be in providing information about the costs of the higher limit plans and the overages charges. It should be right there on the front of the page. It is as much a part of the cost (more actually) as the $499 purchase price for the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 10:48:31 AM PDT
Dave says:
True, but why would I spend $500 on a tablet for just that limited mobile functionality? Why don't I just confine myself to using my device at home - then I could have unlimited data usage with WIFI?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 10:49:41 AM PDT
M. Kean says:
People who use their data plan to stream that much video are just being wasteful. The data plan to do that is expensive with ANY device. People are talking like it's a downside unique to the Fire due to some kind of flaw, but it's the same with every tablet and phone out there. Obviously people should stick to wifi for heavy video use, not only is it cheaper, but it's a lot faster.

It would be nice if there was some sort of breakthrough in compression.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:00:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 11:07:19 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Uhh, you do know it has WiFi as well as 4G, right? So WiFi for heavy duty streaming and 4G for when you want to do light surfing/e-mail and don't have WiFi handy.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:05:24 AM PDT
JimmyTheD says:
I wouldn't put much stock in the AT&T website tablet prices matching what Amazon's prices are. I'm sure that the 'zon has made a deal with AT&T for reduced rates.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 11:18:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 11:22:56 AM PDT
The Doctor says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:20:16 AM PDT
M. Kean says:
No company on the planet gives you unlimited data for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:21:06 AM PDT
King Al says:
It is most certainly NOT nothing w/o unlimited internet access. Millions of tablet users don't have 3G on their tablets and are fine with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:22:24 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Nobody is going to sell you a tablet with unlimited 4G internet access, so your business is no good anywhere. You do realize you can use standard WiFi with this, don't you?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:23:42 AM PDT
JimmyTheD says:
Why do you expect Amazon to give you unlimited 3G/4G data access on their tablet?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:26:33 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:28:27 AM PDT
JimmyTheD says:
Sprint gives you unlimited data access when you PAY for it. Sprint doesn't give it to you for free. Besides, there's a huge difference between a few text messages/surfing the web on your cell phone and streaming video and movies on a HD tablet.
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