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Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G data plan

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Initial post: Oct 2, 2012, 12:20:43 PM PDT
Redjack187 says:
So for the first year you get 250Mb, what happens the next year? The data plan's price skyrockets? Would need to know more about future pricing for the data plan before I considered getting one of these.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012, 12:21:42 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You pay whatever AT&T's rates are at that time....

Posted on Oct 2, 2012, 12:27:13 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
The future pricing will be whatever the AT&T data plans are. Currently the 250mb plan is $15 per month from AT&T. They have a 3gb and 5gb plan for more if you need it as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012, 6:55:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2012, 6:57:03 AM PDT
J. Mac says:
What's the cost of the monthly 3GB and 5GB plans? Any idea if we'll have to sign a 1 or 2-year contract with AT&T? I really don't like that Amazon doesn't offer full disclosure of the AT&T data plans at the time of sale. That seems very sneaky....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012, 7:06:56 AM PDT
PeepDittie says:
It's an AT&T service priced by AT&T but Amazon is supposed to see into the future to tell you now what AT&T will do in a year?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012, 7:12:00 AM PDT
J. Mac says:
Not saying a year from now...I'm saying at the time of purchase. The consumer has a right to know what the potential monthly charge is going to be for the extra data plan and if there are any strings (like a contract). The device is already on-sale; the rest of the terms are disclosed. Witholding this information seems like a marketing ploy. $49.99/year sounds great, but many people are going to need more data then what's included. It's not fair to sell the device and then afterwards say "surprise" - 3 GBs is going to be "x" amount.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012, 7:15:56 AM PDT
PeepDittie says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012, 7:17:40 AM PDT
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Do we know that AT&T has even decided what the pricing will be in a year?

Amazon tells you what you will pay NOW. That's the information they have. You know up front that the price is for one year. After that, it is no longer Amazon's responsibility. It's the buyer's.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012, 8:37:55 PM PDT
ram_in_md says:
I am sorry but I am not buying these arguments saying it is not Amazon's responsibility. If it is AT&T's choice and Amazon has no say, why is Amazon touting the $50 plan as a selling point. The OP has a very valid concern. 250MB is next to nothing. If we have to compare the fire HD's data plan with some other device before making a purchasing decision, we need to know more i.e. what happens if we go over 250MB, how much does it cost after 1 year. I almost pre-ordered it after seeing the $49.99 price. I thought that would be the yearly price even after the 1st year. I am glad I researched into it more. If Amazon is using this as a selling point, they should absolutely provide more information so we can make an informed choice.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012, 9:07:28 PM PDT
Kathy says:
I agree it's confusing. I e-mailed Amazon to ask about what happens second year (they said it depends on AT&T, which currently has a month-by-month contract for tablets in my area - check their website in your area).

Amazon does make it clear on the HD product page, "If you need more data, additional 3GB and 5GB data plans from AT&T are also available for purchase." Again, prices may vary by region - check the AT/T page for tablet data plan prices in your area.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012, 9:09:27 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
Amazon said that the 250mb per month for $50 is ONLY for the first year of service right on the product page clear as day. If someone can't take the time to read it, then that's their problem. The same way you researched other, other people can do the same.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012, 9:43:37 PM PDT
I have a tablet (not wifi) and skipped the data plan on it because I just cannot justify another 30-50 dollars a month with a 2 year contract. Instead, I tether my tablet to my phone using a program called foxfi. it works, and works well. All my data then goes against my existing mobile data plan, which runs 30 a month for unlimited.

Some carriers use packet inspection to detect tethering, but the tablet and the phone both identify as android, so no worries there. Of course I have access to wifi almost everywhere I go, so my data usage is minimal anyway.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012, 9:40:29 PM PST
Dlaw says:
Hope I have mine on Monday.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012, 12:23:28 AM PST
Had same concern called AT&T they offer pre paid plans so no contact to worry about. As someone said the 250mb plan is about 15 a month. I'm getting the 64gb kindle hd it only comes with 4g option so I figure after 1st year either pay 15 a month (not that much) or teather to my phone.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012, 3:44:49 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
This might be a good thread to re-post (again) what an Amazon official posted about 4G data plan, extensions, what happens when you spend your monthly allotment etc:

*Overages - This is a prepaid plan. When a customer reaches their 250MB limit, they will receive a message letting them know they can either wait until the following month, or upgrade their plan to a 3GB or 5GB plan. There will be no overage charges.

*Restrictions - To prevent the data from being used in one sitting or accidentally, there are some restrictions to the data usage. They include:

-Downloads over 50MB from Appstore, Amazon MP3, Amazon Instant Video (AIV), Audible, or the Kindle Store require a Wi-Fi connection to complete.

-Transitioning from Wi-Fi to cellular (e.g. customer leaves home Wi-Fi network) when downloading an item over 50MB will result in the download stopping and asking the customer to connect to Wi-Fi to complete it.

-Transitioning from Wi-Fi to cellular when streaming AIV content will result in the stream stopping and asking the customer to connect to Wi-Fi to continue watching.

*Customers may see a restriction to their AIV streaming, this restriction will be removed with a software update once the device is connected via wireless and has at least a 40% charge.

*If a Wi-Fi network is recognized by your device and you're in range, it will connect to it automatically.

*When you're connected to the 4G network, the status bar will display the AT&T logo, the network type, and the network signal strength bars. If you're connected to Wi-Fi, the mobile network type will not be displayed.

BTW, if you are one of lucky users with a grandfathered unlimited traffic plan, tethering is, of course, the best option.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012, 9:44:58 AM PST
Little Woman says:
I've been researching the new Kindle Fird HD 8.9 for months anxiously awaiting its release. I've compared it to the Ipad, read the pros and cons, reviews, etc and the Kindle seems like a far better deal HOWEVER... I then saw included the ATT "data plan" for $49 for the first year. That stopped me in my tracks. I am a business owner who has dealt with ATT and have many colleagues that have dealt with them. Dealing with ATT is like dealing with the devil... they make it very easy to get in but impossible to get out. While the Kindle HD sounds like an amazing new product I regret that I will not be able to buy it due to their association with ATT. ATT near destroyed my business earlier this year by installing a 'shared residential dedicated line' in my new business office when I specifically requested a 'dedicated business internet line' and had numerous discussions with many people at ATT ahead of time to ensure they understood exactly what our needs were. Shortly after installation it became apparent they did something wrong, my service was slow and intermittent. When we called them on it, they lied about it, tried to cover it up, putting me and my staff through hell for weeks by refusing to fix it. In the end, they said they had no choice but to put that line in my office as their 'business support building' was 2000' too far away. Fortunately, I got them to admit all this writing so was finally able to get out of the deal, but not until weeks of disruption in my business (website designers). We lost alot of time and money dealing with ATT. It would have been nice if they had been honest upfront. But instead, they put us through hell for a lousy $100 a month service. Really? And sadly, every person I know who has used them has a horror story. And as noted by someone in this thread, the data plan ATT offers with the Kindle is next to nothing... everyone will need to order more data to stream video, etc, which will cost more per month and then also stuck with ATT... a horrible company to deal with. Mark my words! Also, not smart for Amazon to conceal what owner options would be for data plan after one year... obviously it will go up, but by how much? And will buyers have the option to use another data service provider? Or will they be stuck with ATT? All questions that need to be answered so buyers can make informed decisions. Very surprised by this move from Amazon... I've been a long time business and personal supporter of Amazon. For them to get in bed with this data devil comes as quite a surprise. Apparently, someone didn't do their homework! Sorry Amazon, but until you offer the Kindle free of ATT, I for one will not buy one ($514 lost), and hope others who read these comments follow suit. We anxiously await your response Amazon!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 9:56:43 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Little Woman, I am puzzled: you say you "researched new Fire HD 8.9 for months" and did not realize that there is a WiFi only model (considerable less expensive than 4G LTE equipped one)...?

To get cellular connectivity without "shotgun marriage" to AT&T, buy a WiFi-only Fire and unlocked MiFi device (personal mobile hotspot). They combined will cost less than KFHD 4G, you will have freedom to hunt for best data plan deals, and you will be able to hook other WiFi devices (like laptop) to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 10:07:32 AM PST
Little Woman says:
thank you for that info. I don't think many people know or understood that. good info to pass along... much appreciate.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 10:08:17 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
You are most welcome!

Posted on Mar 1, 2013, 7:00:18 PM PST
How do you sign up for the service for a year for $50? It does not seem to be an available option to put in your cart if you purchase the Kindle Fire HD 4g LTE from Amazon (or maybe I haven't gone far enough in the buying process?). Do you buy the first year's service when you register your Kindle? Thank you!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2013, 7:08:27 PM PST
@lovescats...: To set up a new AT&T data plan on your Kindle Fire:

Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap More.
Tap Wireless & Networks and then tap AT&T AllAccess.
Tap Manage My Account.
Choose Establish New Prepaid Account if you don't have an existing AT&T Account of any kind. If you already use AT&T (for example, they are your mobile plan carrier), see Add to an Existing AT&T Account . To locate the IMEI and ICCID information in order to set up your account, swipe down from the top of the screen, then tap Wireless, then Mobile Network, then SIM Information.
Provide your registration information, and set up your AT&T User Name and Password.
Select the payment method you want to use, choose your plan, and then tap next.
Provide your payment details and then tap next.
You can then review your order. Tap submit to purchase.
You'll then see an Order Processed confirmation.

To Add Kindle Fire HD 8.9" to an existing AT&T Plan

If you already use AT&T (for example, they are your mobile carrier), you can add Kindle Fire to your existing plan. This way you can have one plan and manage multiple devices.

Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap More.
Tap Wireless & Networks and then tap AT&T AllAccess.
Tap Activate Data Plan.
Choose Add to an Existing AT&T Account.
Enter your existing AT&T Username and Password, and tap login.
On the Account Information screen, tap Add a Device.
On the Add a Device screen, tap save and continue.
Select your Payment Type, choose a plan, and then tap next.
Provide your payment details and then tap next.
You can then review your order. Tap submit to purchase.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013, 8:12:14 AM PST
Bill Hansen says:
I think AT&T's policy may have relaxed a bit since this thread was started. If I run out of my 250MB data now, I can purchase an additional 250MB for ~$14 USD. I think the larger plans are something like $30 and $50 monthly for 3 GB and 5 GB a month. When the 1st year "deal" runs out, I'm going to try very hard to stick with WiFI!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013, 10:29:13 AM PST
Little Woman says:
If you haven't already bought the 4g LTE then consider the wifi version of Kindle fire HD. I had the same question about the $50 a few months ago when I was researching which Kindle to get. Turns out someone on this forum pointed out that for the $50 (partnered with ATT who is a nightmare) fee that Amazon is offering, you get very little bandwith so you end up having to purchase more (a little trick ATT has up their sleeve to pull you into their web), and then the $50 deal doesn't explain it but I found out that you're forced into a long term 'regular monthly' contract with ATT when the $50 deal is up. That said, I instead bought the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 that was wifi ready ($299) and it works beautifully in my apartment (where I have Time Warner cable for tv and internet) so my Kindle connects with that effortlessly, and on a recent flight, Southwest had built-in wifi so it worked well there in the air... the movies I downloaded looked amazing, and almost anywhere you go these days has a free wifi hot spot. Just be sure to password protect you Kindle, which is still no guarantee a hacker can't get in... just never put anything on your Kindle (like cc numbers, bank account numbers) to be on the safe side. No clue why you may need the 4g LTE other than it may (or may not be a little faster) but I've found the Kindle HD with wifi not only $200 cheaper than the LTE but for my needs just as effective and no additional yearly or surprise monthly costs down the road. Hope this helps. If you've already bought the 4g LTE, you may want to see if it works with existing wifis first, save yourself a little money, otherwise, if you go to the Kindle page on Amazon where you purchase the Kindle, there should be a link that takes you to a sign up page. But fair warning, it's an ATT plan and ATT is the by far the worst provider out there... very sneaky, lots of tricks of their sleeve to reel in customers and then make it very difficult to get out. Another question to ask yourself, when your ATT deal is up, will you be able to use another provider with your Kindle like Verizon, Time Warner, T Mobile, Sprint... or will your kindle be lip-locked with ATT for life?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013, 10:31:12 AM PST
Little Woman says:
PS: I did exactly what you recommended and couldn't be happier with my Kindle wifi, and so happy I didn't get the LTE 4g deal with ATT... you saved me a lot of hassles and headaches. Thanks for the great advice.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013, 4:49:55 PM PST
I was told essentially the same thing today at AT&T. That is, if I need more bandwidth, I can get more for $14 a month.
Also learned today that to get the $50 deal, you must order the Kindle Fire HD from Amazon (i.e., you can't buy it at Best Buy, etc.).
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