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4G / LTE bands supported?

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Initial post: Oct 26, 2013, 7:00:55 PM PDT
Amazonawy says:
Hi All,

Apple tells you on their specs page what bands and frequencies their 4G devices support, you guys don't! I want to get the 4G/WI-FI model when it comes out but I might use it abroad, so which one should I go for? and what data sim card is used for this kindle.. nano or micro?

Thanks in advance,

Posted on Oct 26, 2013, 7:14:40 PM PDT
You are not talking to Amazon here. We are just other customers. I doubt anyone here knows the answer to your question about bands. If you really need to know, contact Kindle Support. I've never heard of specific bands being used one place and not another. It's all just 4G or 3G and that's all.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2013, 7:41:09 PM PDT
There are no data plans available to the Kindle Fire series that will work abroad. You can use it at wi-fi hot spots but amazon content (streaming and maybe other types) will not download to non-usa ip addresses. My understanding this because on copy right problems.

The non fire series with 3G work fine in most of europe. (The non-fire series can't handle streaming content).

Posted on Oct 26, 2013, 9:22:15 PM PDT
That doesn't mean that you couldn't download books to read. The problem is not with the data plan, it is with Amazon's restrictions on streaming content.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2013, 11:21:15 PM PDT
Susan, different countries use a range of different bandwidths for cellphone transmission, some of which overlap with other countries and some of which don't. 4G in Australia, for instance, is on 1800 & 2300 bandwidths, and there was a big stink when the iPad came out because it operates on 700/2100, so Apple's "4G" advertising in Australia was deemed by the national advertising regulator to be misleading. Even 3G operates on 850/900/1800/2100, usually - good cellphones use to be advertised as "tri-band" or "quad-band" depending on how many of those frequencies they could handle. (The 850 band in Australia is used by "NextG", which is different again, but I've needed a quad-band phone when I visited some other countries whose carriers use that band.) Our 700 bandwidth has been in use for analog TV transmission (and continues to be so for another month in Sydney) and was only auctioned off for cellphone transmission earlier this year. However, it won't begin to carry cellphone transmissions until 2015.


Posted on Nov 14, 2013, 6:59:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2013, 7:06:26 PM PST
Amazonawy says:
Thanks to all replies :) but until now no one seem to have a definite answer on the 4G/LTE bands supported by this new Kindle HDX, not even Amazon chat support. So any help would be greatly appreciated.

@ M. Brooking says:
" but amazon content (streaming and maybe other types) will not download to non-usa ip addresses."

This isn't an issue for me since I use a premium U.S. based VPN connection.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013, 7:25:42 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013, 7:40:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2013, 7:41:54 PM PST
Fugg ahph says:
There are two varieties of 4g /LTE offered in the US, and they are conveniently listed by way of referencing the carriers themselves, so customers do not mistake that the device could be used with a different carrier, regardless of band...there is no swapping of Sim cards without a physical teardown of the tablet and voiding of the warranty -- AT&T and Verizon each use 700 mhz and 1700 mhz, variously across bands 4, 7 and 13, I believe...but you can't jack this device in overseas anyway, to my knowledge.

Also, from the UK Amazon where portability of bands across cariers is a little more relevant: where I located the following language right on the specs page:

Support for ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless networks with HSPA+, HSDPA, and with Vodafone wireless, EDGE/GPRS fallback. Compatible with other mobile network operators utilizing LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz), Band 7 (2600 MHz), Band 20 (800 MHz).
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