Originally Posted by JMikeD
I was listening to The Kindle Chronicles this afternoon, and heard a persuasive argument that any further upgrades to the Kindle were pretty unlikely except to fix problems. This is the source of the story:
I wonder if the beta Amazon Kindle Desktop software is a feasible means of combating these prohibitive costs? If it incorporates an update feature that prompts people to connect their Kindle via USB in order to process the update it would effectively negate a majority of the transfer charges and allow Amazon to maximize profits while also providing firmware updates. Amazon could even make it so that if you want to update your device you MUST connect it to the PC and allow the desktop software to perform these functions. That would follow the standard for a lot of smart phones where you can choose to either leave it as is (never update) or use the desktop software (update whenever). If Amazon is looking to reduce whispernet or at&t charges for delivery - specifically by not providing updates through these pay services - the desktop software is the best way to go.