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Initial post: Jun 11, 2012 2:16:14 PM PDT
Will I be able to download content to a Kindle Fire while deployed?

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 2:18:09 PM PDT
From the product page -
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 Jun 11, 2012 2:28:40 PM PDT
Ok, thank you. I was previously in Iraq and could not download MP3's through Amazon but I could through the Apple store. I wonder what the difference is? I'll have a US CC and billing address but a foreign ISP so I guess Kindles are not the way to go outside of the US.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 2:34:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2012 2:38:09 PM PDT
@ Paul - The main difference is Apple gets licenses to sell world wide. Amazon does not.

If you just want to read books, then an eink Kindle will work - just not the Fire. As long as the country setting on your Kindle is for the US, you can purchase and download books. As I understand it, 3G and wireless is hit and miss in Afghanistan, but you could always get someone to purchase and download your books to a memory stick and mail the memory stick to you. Then you can use a computer to move the book files to the Kindle.

Edit - My country is US but I'm often in Canada. Once I was asked if I had moved. I said no and the pop up went away. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 2:43:32 PM PDT
On another note, please stay safe. Thank you for your service.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 2:48:16 PM PDT
rosieinwa says:
I just noticed the heading of this post. I have nothing more to add about your inquiry. I just wanted to say Thank you for your service and may God keep you safe.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 2:48:55 PM PDT
Thanks for the response. Internet is "fairly" reliable over there and tethering to your PC sends wifi to mobile devices, which is nice. I was hoping to have more flexibility than just books; videos and tv and especially music would be nice but, it is a war zone so sacrifices must be made.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 3:05:19 PM PDT
@ Paul - Music is possible for the Fire/Touch. You just bring a selection over with you on a memory stick and then side load from a computer what you want to listen to. Again family/friends can send loaded memory sticks (they are cheap and hold a lot of MP3's) over to you so you have a constant supply.

If you note above - you can purchase music and books with a US credit card - even apps, just not videos.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 3:25:24 PM PDT
Mary Ellen says:
If you or a family member has a bit of time there are programs that can rip and convert DVDs to MP4 format. I have movies and episodes from my favorite TV shows saved on an external hard drive. I can copy them from a computer to my Fire whenever I want to (I have a netbook and it's usually with me). Even though I have around 350 books on the Fire I can put about 10 TV episodes (programs that air in one hour time slots) or five two hour movies at a time on my Fire. It's nice to be able to watch when it's convienent. Friends or family members could convert and save videos for you and mail them to you on DVDs. Just a thought...
Thanks for your service. Please stay safe!

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 9:14:27 PM PDT
Another option is to copy content to the Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WID/32GBZ. It has built in Wi-Fi that you can stream from, it works pretty good.

One caution though, the Fire won't play any video over 2GB and it's a bit tricky to copy and convert DVDs and get them the right size.
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