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Kindles international but NOT Canada? HUH?

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1crazybatcow
Oct 7, 2009, 7:34am

Got excited this morning - noticed that next week Kindles will be available outside the US.

So, being in Canada, I figured that would be good news (after all, most books get North American rights so it shouldn't be copyright issues, and our networks work similarly so it shouldn't be a technology issue...)

Then I see that Canada is not on the list! but Belarus is... Kindles must have a big target market in Belarus that I was unaware of.

2divinenanny
Oct 7, 2009, 8:06am

Or 3g is really hard to arrange in Canada....

3reading_fox
Oct 7, 2009, 8:42am

Does anyone know if the worldwide kindles are 3G? I'm fairly sure the Whispernet was US specific - something to do with the radio frequencies - so I'm very curious if the new ones have managed to retain the PCless connection.

Sony will have on the next release estimated to be Dec. But even there it may be different countries needing different settings.

4divinenanny
Oct 7, 2009, 10:13am

They are 3g, and free 3g at that!

From the website:
3G Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle; no annual contracts, no monthly fees, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

International Coverage: Enjoy 3G wireless coverage at home or abroad in over 100 countries

More info here: http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-International-Generation/dp/B0015...

5lkernagh
Oct 7, 2009, 10:52am

Hi czaybatcow - I have to agree with you.... I was surprised that the Kindle was not being released in Canada as well. I doubt it is because of our networks. .. Canada has been 3G and EVDO for a number of years now, at least in the urban centers.

Possible theory found on the net is that the US deal between Amazon and Sprint was actually through a third party entity (a MNVO) Jasper Wireless. A qhick glance at Jasper Wireless' website shows the company has only two offices... the US office in Sunnyvale CA and the office in the UK. The access maps provided on Amazon's website show the US coverage map and a Worldwide coverage map... if you click on the worldwide coverage map all you see if is a map of Europe and surrounding areas, not the world.

Not sure if the theory is accurate, but it is a possible explanation for no Kindles in Canada for now.

Here is the link to the article I can across: http://indexmb.com/why-no-kindle-in-canada-ever-heard-of-jasper-wireless/

6lkernagh
Oct 9, 2009, 2:12am

Update on the "Kindle in Canada" discussion... too soon to know if it will transpire into anything......

Here is the most recent link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/telecom-competition-behind-kindle...

Hope the link works... I noticed that is scrolled to the second line....

7crazybatcow
Oct 9, 2009, 5:53am

Oh... thanks for finding that... cheers me up a bit since Christmas is coming and I really hope Santa is bringing me an ereader! Maybe Sony, maybe Kindle, but it's nice to have options.

8anivyl
Nov 17, 2009, 6:00pm

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