8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE: $499, not including $49.99 yearly Amazon 4G LTE Package

by: Chris SmithSeptember 6, 2012

So we’ve seen the new, improved Kindle Fire that’s selling for $159, and we’ve seen the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets that will be shipping in mid-September and November, respectively. What else did Amazon announced during its recently ended California-based event? A 4G LTE Kindle HD model that’s certainly going to be very interesting to tablet buyers that don’t want to get stuck with Wi-Fi-only versions.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE – yes, that’s the name of the device – will feature the same basic specs and features that the regular 8.9-inch model has to offer. But, as expected, this special Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE will also include a few special tricks up its sleeve on top of the characteristics of the Wi-Fi version:

  • Amazon-designed 2.2mm thick LTE antenna
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 32GB of storage

The LTE version will cost $499, can be pre-ordered starting today and will ship on November 20, alongside other Kindle Fire HD versions.

But we have more news for you! Amazon decided a Kindle Fire version with wireless connectivity is not enough for its customers. The company has also announced a special Amazon 4G LTE Package that will cost $49.99 per year. For that price, Amazon customers that buy the LTE tablet will get 4G LTE support, 250MB of monthly traffic (3GB of yearly traffic), 20GB of cloud storage and $10 Amazon Appstore credit. Not a bad deal if you want to experience some very cheap 4G LTE connectivity on a device geared towards content-consumption – although that 250MB of monthly allowance may not be good enough for you, and there’s no telling what happens after that cap is reached.

Any takers?

  • Nuks

    Does any of these have an microSD expansion slot?

  • tomn1ce

    I was kind of excited about the Kindle Fire 4G LTE for $50/year until I got to the 250MB/month part…I knew it was too good to be true…While reading I was trying to figure out how was it that they were able come up with that price when everyone else is charging an arm and a leg for 1GB…. O_o

    • Marvin Nakajima

      Agreed.. I think I easily go through 1GB a month on wifi.. Imagine how explosively the Kindle Fire 4G LTE would sell if they increased the ‘cap’ or made it ‘unlimited’. Or maybe even allow rollover for unused MB to the next month.

  • Andrew Grabowski

    Who is hosting the LTE?