The image at the top goes to the new product page, and here's the Wall Street Journal article on the Kindle-3 3G SO (3G w/Special Offers).
This comes with Special Offers and Ads as described in the recent articles for the KSO-WiFi-Only. Special Offers feature is the carrot for the currently low-key ads said to subsidize lower-cost Kindles and which are not seen while reading.
The initial offers for the earlier WiFi Only version that was ready first have included (they expire quickly, so these below are gone but a few may repeat.):
. $10 for $20 Amazon.com Gift Card
. $6 for 6 Audible Books (normally $68)
. $1 for an album in the Amazon MP3 Store
(choice of over 1 million albums)
. $10 for $30 of products in the Amazon Denim Shop or Amazon Swim Shop
. Free $100 Amazon.com Gift Card when you get an
Amazon Rewards Visa Card (normally $30)
. Buy one of 30 Kindle bestsellers with your Visa card
to get a $10 Amazon.com credit
. 50% off Roku Streaming Player (normally $99)
Those interested in this might also want to read about the AdMash tool for voting on screensleeper ads for this model. As before, the only ads that show up are on the 'screensavers' when you're not reading and one line on the bottom of the Home screen as shown in the image above.
Take a look at the new product page for much more info, and I'll update this blog entry a bit later.
UPDATES - Am including all new details from their updated press release.
I was intrigued that the battery life is now stated as "up to two months" -- I guess they decided to rate this at 1/2 hr per day too, which is probably way under what most avid Kindle readers use per day.
Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle, pointed out that $164 is "the lowest price for any 3G e-reader." And here's more, quoting the press release:
' Special offers that will be available in the coming weeks include (emphases mine):
$10 for a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card - customers loved this offer, so we're making it available again in time for Father's Day
Save up to $500 off Amazon's already low prices on HDTVs with a unique 20% discount on 200 HDTVs from brands including Sony, Panasonic, LG, and VIZIO
$1 for a Kindle book, choose from thousands of books including Water for Elephants and the Hunger Games trilogy
Spend $10 on Kindle books and get a free $10 Amazon.com Gift Card
Kindle 3G with Special Offers includes all the same features that helped make the third-generation Kindle the #1 bestselling product in the history of Amazon.com:
[Not new, but included so you can compare these features with other e-readers]
Free 3G wireless , no annual contracts, no monthly fees
Global 3G coverage means books in under 60 seconds in over 100 countries and territories
Paper-like Pearl electronic ink display, no glare even in bright sunlight
Lightweight 8.7 ounce body for hours of comfortable reading with one hand
Up to two months of battery life with wireless off eliminates battery anxiety
Kindle Store with over 950,000 books - largest selection of the most popular books
Seamless integration with free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" Kindle apps for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Windows Phone
Kindle 3G with Special Offers is available for immediate shipment to customers in the U.S. at www.amazon.com/kindle3G. '
Kindle 3's (UK: Kindle 3's) K3 Special ($114) K3-3G Special ($164) DX Graphite
Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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