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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik