Yesterday, when Jeff Bezos took the stage at the Amazon press conference, everyone was anticipating an upgraded Kindle Fire, aptly rumored to be called the Kindle Fire 2. But instead, what the world received was a whopping seven (yes, that’s 7) new tablet devices added to the Amazon Kindle family.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE is of particular interest to me primarily because Amazon “almost” came through for me with one of my predictions. Earlier last week, I predicted that one of the things Amazon was going to announced was free 3G. And of course, not too many people agreed with me on the issue.
But what I am impressed to see, even moreso than free 3G, is the offer for 250MB of 4G LTE speed for only $49.99 per year.
That’s $49.99 per year, not per month, which calculates out to only $4.17 (rounded up) per month. Now I know that’s not free 3G on the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet, but 4G LTE for less than $5 per month is a pretty sweet deal.
Especially when you consider the fact that the 4G LTE speeds on your new Kindle Fire tablet are actually beating the speeds that you’d get on WiFi.
One more really cool feature of the “almost free” 4G LTE for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is that it has support for 10 bands. This means, if you are somewhere that doesn’t support 4G LTE devices, your tablet will regress back to whatever the fastest available network is available, all without ever losing coverage.
3G & 5GB Data Plans for Amazon Kindle Fire HD
And if you do in fact exceed the 250MB data package that Amazon allocates for only $49.99, then you have the option of purchasing the following:
- 3GB of 4G LTE for $30 per month
- 5GB of 4G LTE for $50 per month