Europeans Can Get Their Kindle Fire HD Fix Starting TodayBy: Zach Walton - October 25, 2012
The Kindle Fire HD has already been available in the US for over a month. As such, it’s easy to forget that the newest gadgets take a while to reach other parts of the world. The Kindle Paperwhite just made it to Japan yesterday. Now some new Kindles are making their way across the Atlantic.
Amazon announced today that the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are now both available to European customers. The Kindle Fire HD will retail for £159 while the newly updated Kindle Fire will retail for £129. Unfortunately, the Kindle Paperwhite is not available just yet as it ships on December 3. At that point, however, you can pick one up for £109.
The Kindle devices will be the same across both the US and the EU except for one little difference. Amazon Instant Video won’t be available to EU customers, but Amazon’s own LOVEFiLM will be picking up the slack. All of the other impressive video features like Whispersync and X-Ray for movies are intact.
“The minute customers turn on their Kindle Fire HD they will have instant access to our vast content ecosystem of apps, games, songs, books and magazines, plus thousands of fantastic movies and TV shows from LOVEFiLM,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, VP Kindle, Amazone EU. “When combined with our unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we’re sure UK customers will love Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire.”
To sweeten the deal a little more, all new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire purchases will come with a free month of LOVEFiLM. Existing subscribers will also soon be able to link their Amazon account with their LOVEFiLM account to create a single log-in experience.