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How much will 4G connectivity cost after the first year?


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Initial post: Sep 6, 2012 3:44:08 PM PDT
KAT Moser says:
I'm thinking of upgrading from my Kindle Fire to the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless. I'd mostly use it with WiFi, but being able to connect from the passenger side of a car occasionally would be handy. I'm retired and don't have a smartphone because of the data costs. This tablet will be $49 for the first year's service. How much will it cost after that? I wouldn't want to put $499 into a device for the connectivity only to find I couldn't afford to connect after the first year.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 3:45:10 PM PDT
There's no way for us to know what the price will be after the first year. It doesn't seem to be an "introductory price."

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:56:27 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
It's a work in progress today. The product page also talks about multi-GB plans is 250MB isn't enough. I saw nothing that would indicate the $50 was an introductory offer, also no way to sign up for it at this time. Note that under the "preorder now" button, it says this is to hold your place in line...you'll be asked to confirm purchase closer to release day.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 4:02:13 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
KAT, I think you should first check and see if the 4G LTE is available in your area. It tends to only be in major urban areas.

The specs say "4G LTE 10 band wireless modem with HSPA+, HSDPA, and EDGE/GPRS fallback" so you would have connectivity but I think a lot of people are going to be paying for 4G and not getting it.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 4:28:05 PM PDT
KAT Moser says:
Thanks, Beth. I'm definitely not in an urban, or even suburban area.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 4:29:31 PM PDT
Denise says:
Looks to be the same, but the price difference is most notable in the first year, while you're absorbing the extra pricetag for 3G connectivity with iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 4:29:40 PM PDT
It will fall back to 3G.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 4:39:08 PM PDT
I have just ordered the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with wifi and 4 g. I have the Ipad 2 but I use the Kindle Fire more.I am so excited.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 4:53:48 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"How much will 4G connectivity cost after the first year?"

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 32 GB

Here is what it says on the product page;...

"Groundbreaking 4G LTE Package
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" offers the most affordable 4G tablet data package. Amazon's 12 month 4G data package includes 250 MB a month of blazing fast 4G data, 20 GB of additional Cloud Drive storage, and $10 Amazon Appstore promotional credit, all for a one-time payment of only $49.99, no monthly payments required. 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."

Which to me says - 250MB a month for as long as you own the device.. for a one time payment of $49.99.. which is enought to download a months worth of Kindle ebooks..

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:31:35 PM PDT
Denise says:
wow, you could be right!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:39:06 PM PDT
Reading "as long as you own the device" into that completely ignores the "12 month" part in the "12 month 4G data package". They only promise us one year for that $49.99.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 6:09:28 PM PDT
Anne Shirley says:
Just as a FYI - AT&T's 250MB plan for iPad is $15/mo. and 3GB is $30/mo, for comparison possible ballpark figures.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 6:15:52 PM PDT
Denise says:
And those are available a month at a time, if you rarely need it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 10:32:46 AM PDT
Reddrabbitt says:
Thanks for bringing this up. I completely forgot about that and I'm in a small mountain town. You just helped me save some dough!

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 11:49:11 AM PDT
KAT Moser says:
Thanks for all your help on this. I finally decided to upgrade my current Fire to the new $199 Fire HD with Bluetooth, which is the main thing I found missing in the first Fire, instead of the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless. For the few times I'd use the 4G or even 3G connectivity, I think the larger size of the $499 tablet would make it more difficult to use as an e-reader so I'm afraid I wouldn't use it enough to make it worth that kind of money to me. Maybe next year they'll come up with a smaller version and by then we'll know more about long term connectivity pricing.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 12:04:57 PM PDT
4/3G will work in most areas in the country. I live in the backwoods of Maine and we have 3G. However, 250 MB per month is nothing. If you want to watch a game or a TV and a movie, you are finished. And this price is open to increase after the first year as spelled out by Amazon ('12 months').

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 8:08:41 AM PDT
David Owens says:
I just asked this question in a chat with Kindle support. The $50 is only for the first year. After that it is standard AT&T rates. $15/month for 250 mB. $30 for 3gB (I think).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 2:44:14 PM PDT
Reddrabbitt says:
Great to know. Thanks for sharing.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 1:01:36 PM PDT
Elaine Olson says:
After the first year, can you just use the WiFi and not pay for a data package?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 1:03:05 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Yes you can. You do not need to have a data plan.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 9:08:42 AM PDT
R. Randleman says:
I asked the same question in a kindle support chat and was told they have no plans to change the $50 dollar data plan after the first year. Doesn't seem consistent.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 9:45:37 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
R. Randleman,

I suspect the CS person either didn't understand the question or hadn't been adequately briefed. What I suspect happened was that the CS person was saying that Amazon has no plans to eliminate/change the $50 plan FOR NEW PURCHASERS after the first year. In other words, buy a KFHD in a year and you'll get the option of the $50 4G data plan.

But Amazon has been very specific that the $50 plan is a promotional product, good for one year from date of purchase. After that, you'll be dealing with AT&T and purchasing whatever data plans they have available at that time.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 12:02:54 PM PDT
R. Randleman says:
and where do you see that Amazon has been very specific about this? I've not seen them be specific about it anywhere.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 12:16:53 PM PDT
King Al says:
From the product page:

"Amazon worked closely with AT&T to offer the most affordable 4G tablet data package. This 12 month AT&T 4G data package includes 250MB a month of blazing fast data, 20GB of additional Cloud Drive storage, and a $10 Amazon Appstore promotional credit, all for a one-time payment of only $49.99, with no monthly payments required. The $49.99 package is only available for the first year of service."

(The page did not originally have that last sentence, which was added at a later date.)
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