Amazon unveiled some new Kindles today, just as we predicted, and the new Fire HD models in 7″ and 8.9″ varieties are pretty interesting. While the smaller tablet will compete with the likes of its older brother and the Nexus 7, the bigger model, running at a crisp 1080p, is aiming straight for the iPad’s gullet, a market Amazon hasn’t dared to tackle before. Now they’re feeling juiced.
Not only is Amazon trying to compete on specs and screen size, but it’s also aiming to include 4G LTE, provided by AT&T. If you buy the $499.99 or $599.99 Kindle Fire HDs with LTE (yeah, there’s a lot going on here!) you’ll get a special offer for a one-time $49.99 data access plan that covers an entire year of usage. If you add it up on paper, this is actually a pretty good deal considering more than a few of us pay close to that per month for our rates. The catch is that this plan only has a 250 megabyte limit.
So Amazon wants to feed you all of this wonderful content from its store, like games, movies, and other content, but they’re cheesing everyone with this offer. There are many games that would gobble that data limit within moments. LTE on these devices with that plan would basically be an emergency option. Like don’t use the maps for more than an hour ever. Or maybe you need to watch two or three funny videos on YouTube in HD.
You’ll still get access to AT&T’s other data plans, of course, and you’ll still have wi-fi to back you up, of course, but $49.99 for a year of LTE is far too good to be true.