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Old 09-06-2012, 11:36 AM   #16
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Speaking with Ina Fried and Tricia Duryee of All Things D, Bezos spoke about how their next move wont necessarily be to enter the smartphone universe, but that they’re certainly not going to stop with the Kindle Fire HD. Though “not any time soon”, more devices will be released by Amazon “next year” that Bezos said would be “premature” for him to talk about.
How about a Pocket Fire? Go head to head against the Galaxy Player and iPod touch.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:16 PM   #19
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:26 PM   #20
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I'm in training for 2013 Tour de France

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You're a lot bigger in this picture. You've obviously been doping. Drop the steroids and seek help. Do it for the sport. Do it for the children. Do it for yourself.
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Shhhhhhhhh...
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:42 AM   #23
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Don't dismiss the rumors of a Kindle smartphone just yet.

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It's still early days for Amazon's Kindle business, which could release phones and other wireless devices next.

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos dropped a huge clue when he described in detail the new 4G LTE modem Amazon developed for its Kindle devices.

The modem is just 2.2 millimeters -- thin enough for a phone -- and works with multiple bands of 4G LTE, not just those used by AT&T.

Would Amazon invest in a modem like that and then use it in a single device with a single carrier? I don't think so, either.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:50 AM   #24
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Can Amazon build a good phone and retail it at cost at $199?
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:27 AM   #25
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Some of the Jet Jocks claimed that intravenous jet fuel could do wonders. It had to be miniscule amounts though or it will poison you.

I told them that when I was a kid long, long ago, the cops had problems with the bums (not homeless then, just bums) drinking Sterno. It could kill them, but it seemed to toughen them up too because they didn't mind sleeping on the ground when it was absolutely freezing out. I would ride to my paper route on a bike in an old Navy peacoat with two pair of socks on my hands, a watch cap on my head and a scarf and I would be frozen. I kept my hands (with socks) in my pockets most of the way. I learned to ride pretty good with no hands.

The bums would be laid out under a bush, happy as could be until they got frost bite.

That happened about 2 or 3 times every 4 or 5 years. Also of course moonshine made in a car radiator with lead solder and wood alcohol.

Those guys were pretty tough until they were totted away.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:30 AM   #26
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Fact: Amazon engineered its own proprietary LTE modem.
Fact: The FireHD9 LTE has not yet been approved by the FCC because they need to test the LTE modem
Fact: the relatively high price (for Amazon) of the LTE Fire makes it likely the model will sell less than the rest of the product line, making the modem a low volume part
Fact: In the buy vs build product design debate, you buy small volume/small value parts, but build critical and/or expensive components
Fact: Amazon is generally great at identify what elements to "build" in-house and what to get off the open market
Fact: with generic LTE modems reportedly available for $41 or so, Amazon could have easily met their small FireHD9 LTE needs that way
Fact: Bezos isn't crazy

You don't invest time and money designing and building an expensive part like that ultrathin LTE modem for a low volume application. Ergo, Amazon has further uses for their LTE modem.

One such use will likely be an LTE FireHD7.
Another will almost certainly be a phone. And soon. Or, soon-ish.

The best way to maximize the impact of the Kindlephone is to keep it secret until launch. And one way to keep it secret is to get the modem certified first in a different product so that when the phone is submitted it gets rubber-stamped.

There really is a Kindle phone coming. No sooner than november, more likely early next year.
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The best way to maximize the impact of the Kindlephone is to keep it secret until launch. And one way to keep it secret is to get the modem certified first in a different product so that when the phone is submitted it gets rubber-stamped.

There really is a Kindle phone coming. No sooner than november, more likely early next year.
Secret? Who does that anyway? It's better to let it all leak out so the launch will be an anti-climactic snoozer like, well, you know, yesterday...
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Secret? Who does that anyway? It's better to let it all leak out so the launch will be an anti-climactic snoozer like, well, you know, yesterday...
Did something happen yesterday?
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Hate needles, so I'll try this route first

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You don't invest time and money designing and building an expensive part like that ultrathin LTE modem for a low volume application. Ergo, Amazon has further uses for their LTE modem.
...I'm pretty sure you're right.
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