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Old 11-19-2007, 12:38 PM   #1
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Request for the Kindle to be released internationally!

So, since the Kindle is quite oviously a US-Only Reader once again, I would like to aks all mobilereaders who are also interested in this device to write to Amazon.com (Kindle section) and ask them when this device will be available in other countries.

I just sent them a short message asking about availability in Germany. If we manage to get their attention they might just consider selling a version without EV-DO and with GPRS instead to the rest of the world.

It's worth a try after all...

Go here to send that mail...

Click on the link for "customer support" on the right.
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:45 PM   #3
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I'd rather have 10000 people asking one by one...it get's the point across better in my opinion...
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:46 PM   #4
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Ok. I want one. Sent directly to Switzerland, please.
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:46 PM   #5
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:19 PM   #6
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I've already written to Amazon UK about it.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:25 PM   #7
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As stated on another post, I wouldn't buy this ugly thing for the life of me, even for the huge pleasure to be potentially trapped with an amazon specific format
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:27 PM   #8
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The question is: Is it in Amazon's power to go international with the Kindle as of right now? If I remember correctly when we talked with Sony, it's not only a matter of distribution but also of signing contracts with the various publishers. In addition, Amazon would need to find a teleco carrier who would offer their Whispernet feature.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:28 PM   #9
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Oh I don't want to buy one; I just object on principle to devices only being available in a single market.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:29 PM   #10
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In addition, Amazon would need to find a teleco carrier who would offer their Whispernet feature.
And change the hardware; EVDO doesn't work in Europe, and the frequency it uses almost certainly isn't free for that purpose.
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And change the hardware; EVDO doesn't work in Europe, and the frequency it uses almost certainly isn't free for that purpose.
Which also means the device would have to go through the whole evaluation process again (FCC is for US only).
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Yes, but it should be no big deal for Amazon to integrate GPRS/UMTS instead of EV-DO. A simple hardware swap and driver exchange would be all it needs.

The telco provider would be a different matter, but it should not be hard for a huge corporation like Amazon to find a partner...
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The telco provider would be a different matter, but it should not be hard for a huge corporation like Amazon to find a partner...
That's true; I think the big providers like Vodafone either cover the whole of Europe, or have "partnering" agreements in countries where they don't operate themselves.
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:22 PM   #14
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I think HSDPA would be a better idea for Europe.

Yup, most probably Amazon shares a small part of the revenue with the telco. And I think there should be a per-MB or per-GB package for bandwidth that would be consumed on free stuff such as free blogs, free access to Google Booksearch, free ebook services, Google News, Wikipedia with pictures, web browsing, reading emails and writing emails and more.
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Which also means the device would have to go through the whole evaluation process again (FCC is for US only).
And CE for Europe.

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