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Say Hello to Amazon Kindle GSM International Edition

 Say Hello to Amazon Kindle GSM International Edition
Arguably, one of the biggest things holding back the success of the Amazon Kindle is its reliance on that CDMA-based “WhisperNet” connection. As soon you leave the United States, the wireless capabilities are basically useless. Well, that’s all about to change, because they have just revealed the new Amazon Kindle: US & International Wireless edition.

Yes, that’s a terrible name, but it’s reasonably descriptive. Instead of backpacking on a US-based CDMA connection with no roaming capabilities, the new US & International Edition Kindle comes equipped with a SIM card from AT&T. That means that this is a GSM Kindle.

While within the United States, this alternate Kindle (which is aesthetically and functionally identical to the Kindle 2) will latch onto the AT&T network and download your content at will. While traveling abroad (and this includes Canada), the Kindle can then roam on a GSM network and download stuff that way.

Amazon is saying that the International GSM Kindle will work in 100 countries and territories around the world. That’s the good news. The bad news is that each book you buy while traveling internationally will come with a $1.99 premium above and beyond the price of the book itself. What I’m wondering is if you can plunk in your own international SIM card, say from Fido or Rogers, when you’re outside of the States.

The new Kindle US & International Wireless will go on sale October 19 for $279. The regular Kindle 2 (US Wireless) is a little cheaper at $259.

Source: BGR

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  • http://www.currentmoviereviews.info Gulliver Foyle

    I don’t know why people are whining so much about the Kindle 2. This is the first digital reader I have purchased and I absolutely love it. Wants the big deal about the SD memory slot anyway???? Who wants to have to keep 2500 books that you have already read on hand at all times anyway! I like the fact that Amazon keeps my already read book in a library for me so I don’t have to worry about loosing my SD card thus loosing my E-books.
    As far as storing pictures and music; I think you people have ordered the wrong device try an I-Pod or a digital picture frame instead of a DIGITAL READER; HELLO!! You might have better luck. Good job Amazon this is a far better reader than the Sony reader my friend bought he wishes he would have purchased the Kindle 2 reader instead after seeing mine.

  • pando
    • pando

      Update: Amazon’s Kindle 2 gets a new $20 price cut, now you can buy it for $259.

  • Stuart Friedman

    I've read elsewhere that it doesn't work in Canada yet. Double check this claim before investing in the device if Canada is important to you.