Print 12 comment(s) - last by ven1ger.. on Sep 11 at 6:44 PM

Kindle Fire HD
Users can pay a $15 fee in order to opt out of "Special Offers"

If you find Amazon's "Special Offers" advertisements annoying on Kindle devices, fear not with your Kindle Fire HD purchase: you can opt out for $15.
The $15 payment in a one-time deal that will eliminate Special Offers from the lock screen and the bottom of the screen in some cases. 
"We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our Special Offers and very few people choose to opt out," said Amazon. "We're happy to offer customers the choice." 
Amazon revealed the Kindle Fire HD last week, which comes in 7-inch, 8.9-inch or 4G LTE models. The 7-inch model will ship September 14 at $199 while the 8.9-inch model will ship November 20 for $299. For those willing to step up to the 4G LTE Fire HD, it will ship November 20 for $499 -- and don't forget the great data package that offers 250 MB of bandwidth per month, 20 GB of cloud storage space and a $10 Appstore credit all for $49.99 per year. 

Source: TechCrunch

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

One Time
By Shadowself on 9/10/2012 2:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
The $15 payment in a one-time deal that will eliminate Special Offers from the lock screen and the bottom of the screen in some cases.

Since this variant of Android is Amazon specific what's to say that the fine print says the $15 is for this specific version of Amazon's Android and if you upgrade to a new version a year from now, you won't have to pay $15 again? (It is unlikely you'll be able to upgrade to a non Amazon version without a LOT of hacking, if at all.)

While my initial reaction to paying to not have ads is a "Thanks, but no thanks. I'll just buy something else." If I were tempted to look at a new Kindle Fire (which I'm not), I'd have to read the fine print very, very, very carefully to make sure Amazon does not have some "gotcha" clause in there.

RE: One Time
By othercents on 9/10/2012 3:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
The other issue is does after the the watching $15 worth of advertisements does it automatically go away or do we get a reduced cost for turning them off? I think Amazon should decide now what is $15 of advertising, so if you interact with 2 million adds then you get $1 discount on removing the advertisements.

RE: One Time
By ven1ger on 9/11/2012 6:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
What's to stop Amazon from offering to their advertisers, 'prime (or whatever stupid advertising gimmick) offers' that are probably more expensive than the rates for 'special offers' and then turning around and charging $15 or whatever they can skim off Kindle owners to so-call opt-out for the 'prime offers'. Maybe tiered advertising, that you can pay to opt-out of at different costs to opt-out for different tiers.

If Amazon truly believes that none of their users would seriously opt-out for 'Special Offers' then why not make it just a checkbox to opt out without charging for the ability to opt-out. Stupid logic.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

Latest Headlines
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
The Samsung Galaxy S7
September 14, 2016, 6:00 AM
Apple Watch 2 – Coming September 7th
September 3, 2016, 6:30 AM
Apple says “See you on the 7th.”
September 1, 2016, 6:30 AM

Most Popular Articles5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
No More Turtlenecks - Try Snakables
September 19, 2016, 7:44 AM
ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in Children: Problem or Paranoia?
September 19, 2016, 5:30 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
Automaker Porsche may expand range of Panamera Coupe design.
September 18, 2016, 11:00 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki