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The Price of Amazon’s 4G LTE Kindle Fire Tablet, Compared to New iPad

Amazon unveiled three new versions of its Kindle Fire tablet today, with two of the three boasting a bigger screen than the original seven-inch Fire tablet, and one device built with 4G LTE capabilities and 32 gigabytes of onboard storage.

Its price point? $499, officially putting it in iPad territory.

Except that Amazon, in a Prime-like move, is offering a data plan of 250 megabytes per month through AT&T, with 20GB of cloud storage — for $50 a year.

The e-commerce giant was quick to point out how this stacks up against the new iPad (calling it “iPad 3” in a slide — tsk, tsk), which you can see in the image below:

Users also have the option to add additional data to their plans: 3 gigabytes for $30, and 5 gigabytes for $50, similar to the additional data plans offered with iPad.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald