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Old 06-27-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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Amazon Kindle not coming to Germany any time soon, says report

I put off writing about this because I wasn't ready in my heart to accept it, but according to German WirtschaftsWoche, e-book fans in Germany won't have the pleasure of using the Amazon Kindle in their country any time soon. According to the weekly, Amazon could not come to a pricing agreement with local mobile operators like T-Mobile and Vodaphone.

This report has apparently already been confirmed by German Amazon partners. Very big time bummer!
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:24 PM   #2
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And the USA-centric Amazon Kindle bandwagon rolls on...
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:29 PM   #3
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And the USA-centric Amazon Kindle bandwagon rolls on...
Maybe some letters of displeasure to the telecom companies are in order since it seems Amazon was making an effort with 2 companies.
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:29 PM   #4
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Why pick on Amazon? It appears that the problem is with the telephone carriers.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:12 AM   #5
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Yay, less chance we'll be living in a topaz/azw monoculture.. If only they had a big competitor with a good name (and no, I don't really think Sony counts here, as they're still hardly marketing the PRS), though.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:19 AM   #6
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Very disappointing news . Do you know, Alex, if there is any word on a release elsewhere in Europe?
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:57 AM   #7
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Why pick on Amazon? It appears that the problem is with the telephone carriers.
Well, if Amazon really only have one model of how it should work and that model is impossible to implement in a country I would say it is Amazons fault that let for book reading and buying irrelevant details control if they will sell book or not.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:36 AM   #8
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Why pick on Amazon? It appears that the problem is with the telephone carriers.
Sprint-Nextel was desperate for customers for it's excess capacity. Maybe T-Mobile and Vodaphone are not so desperate for business that generates so little income? Since Amazon failed with two separate carriers, it is much more likely that Amazon is not offering sufficient incentive for a profitable carrier to accept their business model.

Could the Kindle DX save Sprint Nextel?
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:38 AM   #9
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I'm really surprised that any non-GSM carrier is able to be profitable these days.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:54 AM   #10
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I'm really surprised that any non-GSM carrier is able to be profitable these days.
Are there still any GSM only carriers? It seems that almost all carriers in industrialized nations are upgrading to UMTS now. A UMTS phone is backward compatible to GSM for now, but a GSM phone can not work on a UMTS network. GSM uses a very old and inefficient multiple access air interface called Time Division Multiple Access, while UMTS uses a more modern and efficient spread spectrum multiple access air interface, so they are totally incompatible at the air interface.

http://www.umtsinfo.co.uk/gsmvsumts.html
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:58 AM   #11
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I mean GSM as opposed to CDMA. I was including UMTS (probably incorrectly) as "GSM".
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I mean GSM as opposed to CDMA. I was including UMTS (probably incorrectly) as "GSM".
OK, now maybe the thread can get back on topic again.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:14 AM   #13
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I think Amazon could simply put a Wi-Fi chipset in the Kindle and sell it worldwide without caring too much about awkward deals with mobile operators.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:15 AM   #14
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The key selling-point of the Kindle, however, is the "buy books anywhere" feature. How often are people within range of a WiFi hotspot?
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:25 AM   #15
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There are two sides to every agreement and either or both could be at fault for not reaching one. I would not exclude Amazon from blame.
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