UPDATES 1 & 2) : 9/20/09, 10:33 PM to Original Posting of 12:18PM
WARRANTY: 1 full year for defects. Doesn't include accidents.
And no extended-warranty from Amazon is available on these.
Drops w/damage resulting can qualify for discounted new refurbs.
Year 1, defects covered include fading in sunlight and
inadequate screen contrast.
Above information from Customer Svc Rep Nitesh
SquareTrade will do an extended warranty for refurbished units
but won't cover drops/accidents on refurbs.
Drop coverage is the reason many of us get an extra warranty.
If using SquareTrade, Google for a coupon to use also.
These are offered for the first time, possibly because they have no more refurbished Kindle 1's and they may be feeling the squeeze from lesser models which are appearing from other e-reader makers who include no study tools at all (search, notes, highlighting, inline dictionary) for the lower priced models, and the other vendors can't offer wireless/Whispernet downloads with a simple web-browser included.
An added bonus is that these will carry the same 30-day return policy -- if you find it doesn't suit you, Amazon will refund your money as long as it's not damaged - "Factory refurbished. Package factory sealed. All purchases eligible for Amazon customer service and 30 day return policy."
AMAZON CUSTOMER PRODUCT-REVIEWS
Reviews written by customers who own a registered copy of a product will often have "Amazon Verified Purchase" shown beneath their names. For a few months, an organization upset by Amazon's digital-rights-protection placed on copyrighted books has had an open policy of asking like-minded people to place 1-star reviews on the Kindle products because of the copyright-restrictions that are placed on the books. This new verified-purchase label that seems to be slowly applied to user reviews (just begun, per forum discussions) will let people decide on the basis of whether they agree with protest-type reviews or whether they'd rather just know the views of actual owners and users of the product
AMASON FORUM DISCUSSIONS - SEARCHES NOW POSSIBLE
Finally. This started today also. I put up a post a couple of months ago answering a question after trying to figure out how to do what was wanted at no cost. So I tried to find that post by putting into the forum search box (now on the right column of forum pages):
print folder contents
and the new search function brought it right up ! Very fast searches.
Caution: Be sure the box underneath is appropriately (un)checked to restrict searches to that forum or that topic, or not, etc.
A real/physical keyboard for the iPhone is being released soon by Toronto-based Mobile Mechatronics, which says it has built a BlackBerry-style keyboard that attaches to an iPhone.
This "will sell for $30 with $5 shipping to the United States. There are prototypes in beta test now that have rubber keyboards. The final version will be made of hard plastic, said Mr. Nykoluk."
They're available for pre-order now.
MICROSOFT WINDOWS MOBILE - remote-applications-wipe
Microsoft changes language on remote-application-wipes in connection with Windows Marketplace for Mobile to be launched next week.
At the TechEd New Zealand 2009 session last week, their Senior Product Manager for Windows Mobile explained:
' If an application is approved but later removed from the marketplace it will then be automatically removed from all mobile devices. 'But that didn't go over very well, in light of Amazon's recent experience with its own remote-wipe for which it apologized and said it was changing its systems so that scenario wouldn't happen again. Ars Technica received clarification on that from Microsoft this week:
' "In the vast majority of instances where an application is removed from Windows Marketplace for Mobile, users of this application will continue to be able to use these applications on their phones," a Microsoft spokesperson told [Ars Technica].Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
"In the rare event an application from Marketplace exhibits harmful behavior or has unforeseen effects, Marketplace has the capability to remotely uninstall these applications. While we hope to avoid this scenario, we will make refunds available in such cases." '
-- The Send to Kindle button works well only on Firefox currently.
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