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Old 08-31-2012, 07:20 PM
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Default Amazon rumored to be introducing an ad-supported 7-inch Kindle Fire

Amazon is rumored to be introducing two 7-inch models of the Kindle Fire next week, according to CNET. The first will be the next iteration of the company’s wildly popular Kindle Fire, while the Wall Street Journal believes that the second model is actually an ad-supported variant.

This claim isn’t too far-fetched, since Amazon already sells ad-supported versions of its other Kindles. But unlike those devices, which can afford to have an ad displayed when the screen is “off” due to e-ink technology, the Kindle Fire would show an ad for a few seconds every time the screen is turned on. This sounds like it could become annoying, but some people might be willing to deal with it in exchange for a lower price tag. Interestingly, the ad-supported Kindle Fire would only have support for WiFi, a limitation shared with the current model.

Would you buy an ad-supported version of the Kindle Fire?

[Wall Street Journal | CNET via Engadget]
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