The Catch in Kindle’s Data Plan

At its Kindle Fire launch, Amazon touted a new data plan that it said would help save customers $410 over the cost of owning the iPad. What it left out is that those megabytes aren’t likely to go very far.

The Seattle Web giant says that for just $50 a year, you can use the antenna on the new $499 Kindle Fire to dial into AT&T’s cellphone network and “connect to the Internet, stream, and download at speeds even faster than Wi-Fi.” The plan buys 250 megabytes of data a month. But if you want to view 30 or more Web pages, or stream more than four minutes of video, or listen to more than 20 minutes of streaming music per day, that isn’t going to be enough.

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