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Will there be a Kindle Fire with 3G????

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Initial post: Oct 4, 2011 1:04:46 PM PDT
IamMzReeves says:
I was wondering if there had been any mention of a Kindle Fire w/ 3G coming in the future?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 1:08:56 PM PDT
Everybody has mentioned it EXCEPT Amazon.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 1:09:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011 1:16:21 PM PDT
KindlePad says:
What would be the point? Given the KFire is mainly for streaming media you would potentially be paying a lot for such a service. No one does unlimited 3g data anymore that I know of. I guess you can pay $25 a month to surf the web over 3g. The reason I question this is the KFire isn't a tablet like the ipad, it's a streaming media browser.

Here's the trick, if you want cell data acces to a device like this (3g, etc) then the KFire will need a cell radio built in. That's going to add to the cost, about $100 if you base it off the ipad cost. Plus, the radio will need to be tailored to work with a specific carrier, ATT, Verizon, etc..

So, that woud make the KFire $300 or more and then that 8gb (more like 6.5 after system use) will really seem small at that point. At that point you're getting close to iPad territory.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 1:10:31 PM PDT
Possibly in the future, but the 3G will not be free.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 1:11:56 PM PDT
If there is a 3G version that comes out, it will not be free like with the classic Kindle devices. Because you can consume lots of data with the Fire, Amazon can't eat the cost of 3G. However, Amazon hasn't said if one is coming. My guess is there will be one, but it could be the next generation or two more years down the road. No one knows but Amazon.

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 9:09:41 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 5, 2011 9:13:01 AM PDT
Jesslyn H says:
Considering that they've cut out free browsing on the 3G Touch, my guess is that it was costing more than they wanted to pay.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2011 9:16:49 AM PDT
John Newton says:
"What would be the point?"

The point is people want access when they are out of wifi range. Of course, as you point out, it will cost money.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2011 9:18:54 AM PDT
Erich says:
"Who says it won't be free? They have a free 3g kindle already,"

Because the data load on a 3G network for e-book downloads are measured in kilobytes and streaming movies are measured in gigabytes. In other words, a typical movie streamed to a Fire takes approximately 1,000,000,000 times more data than downloading an e-book.

That's why.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2011 9:20:11 AM PDT
Erich says:
"What would be the point?"

To be able to access the Internet, e-mail, documents, pictures, music, and other files and data when not in the vicinity of an accessible wi-fi connection...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2011 4:19:23 PM PDT
"It is not far-fetched to think a free 3g could be on the market next year."

Oh, yes it is. Extremely far-fetched. How much free CDMA access is "on the market" this year? Or any other kind of free access? The only reason Amazon has been able to provide free 3g is because the data usage to transfer books is extremely low and they can cover the cost through book sales.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 1:35:56 PM PDT
IamMzReeves says:
I was simply asking this question b/c I would love to be able download my books anywhere as I am now with my current Kindle. I would not expect Amazon to allow unlimited web browsing w/o a charge. Hopefully if the Fire is ever equiped with 3G there will be different data plans offered to fit different needs and budgets.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 1:59:13 PM PDT
One says:
Yes, and there will be a bottle opener too!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 2:09:39 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
I can see two ways for Amazon to offer 3G on a Fire 2. Either full service with a pricey data plan, or limited service like with the K3. There are bunches of Audibles and A/V Enhanced books now available that will only fully download via wi-fi. The 3G would be like that little spare tire in your trunk--barely good enough to limp to the next hotspot.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 6:20:22 AM PST
James Bosh says:
They should make a version that allows 3G for downloading e-books. The other features like web browsing and Netflix can of course still require wi-fi. I would like a Fire but not wihout a 3G book download option.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 7:08:15 AM PDT
C. Lopez says:
It would be stupid NOT to provide a 3g-4g Kindle. I can't get wi-fi at work and am in the process of finding a 3g tablet. The future is already here and Kindle Fire isn't.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 7:10:49 AM PDT
Maybe you should be working at work instead of playing on your tablet. Short of that, lots of people clearly don't care if 3g is offered on the Kindle Fire. Those who do care buy something else. Simple, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 7:10:54 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
Those who NEED 3/4G for their WiFi only devices can use their smartphones to create a hotspot. Make sure and drop back and let us know what kind of a contract you have to sign, and what the monthly cost is for your 3G tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 7:12:09 AM PDT
You really had to resurrect a thread that's been dead since December to post this?

The Fire is $200. Amazon wanted to make it affordable to as many people as possible. As has been said, adding 3G to a device like the Fire would add a $30+ monthly charge. Amazon didn't want to do that. If you want "the future" then go buy a device that suits your needs. Not everybody wants or needs 3G, you know.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 7:18:00 AM PDT
SeaLevel274 says:
I am responding on my tablet via Wi-Fi and a 4G connection on my MiFi device right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 7:46:25 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Get a wifi hot spot device. All the carriers have them. Then you can connect anything that uses wifi.
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