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Does the Kindle Fire work abroad?

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Initial post: 23 Nov 2012 14:56:18 GMT
Before I give way to temptation and buy the reduced price Kindle Fire, does anyone know if it works abroad? Or are there extra costs?

My wife and I holiday abroad, on a Greek island or in the Canaries. My 3G Kindle works perfectly on these. I don't want to be disappointed if the Kindle Fire will not.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 15:07:51 GMT
Denis Powell says:
While overseas you won't be able to buy apps or stream music, but ebooks will be fine. Anything already on the Fire before you leave should work.

The Fire has no 3G so if you want to connect to the internet for email or buy a book you'll have to connect via a public WiFi hotspot unless you provide your own either via your mobile phone or a MiFi.

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 15:40:37 GMT
Thanks, Denis. Where we go, we have to pay for WiFi, whereas the slower 3G comes free! (My Scottish ancestry comes through!) Unlike some, I like to keep up-to-date with World and UK News on the BBC, not to mention the frequent defeats for my football team. I think that I shall save my money, at least until the Kindle Fire is released with 3G.

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 15:43:41 GMT
Amazon have just confirmed to me by chat that you cannot download content to the Fire while abroad even by wifi (it only works on wifi anyway not 3g) which to me makes it useless. I'm sticking with the Kindle which will work for books anywhere.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 15:50:11 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Don't forget that Amazon have introduced a 50 MB per month limit on 3G when overseas for anything other than Amazon or Wikipedia. If you're going to use it on a daily basis for the likes of the BBC etc., you could use that amount of data in just a few days.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 16:07:51 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Amanda, did you buy any chance ask if you could download from the UK site while living in Spain? Did you contact them from Spain?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 16:49:25 GMT
Thanks Amanda and Denis. For the time being, Amanda, like you I shall stick with the old fashioned (!?) Kindle.

Yes, Denis, I realized that there was a limit on 3G downloads when I was nearly at the end of a fortnight on our favourite Greek island. I shall just have to be more self-disciplined on its use! That will please my non-Kindle wife and was what we used to do to the children regarding TV!

Posted on 12 Dec 2012 10:43:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Dec 2012 10:46:19 GMT
Bruce S says:
I find it almost incomprehensible that there is so many restrictions on what you can watch when outside the UK. I spend my entire working life outside the UK, so not to be able to watch BBC programs and be able to watch films from Amazon, is the height of brain dead politics in this day and age. I get so sick and tired of having to resort to loop BBC World News as the only English source on hotel TV. When will countries and companies drag themselves into the 21st century? No wonder there are so many rouge software sites being developed to try and provide a way of viewing material. Surely this approach is counter productive, especially when you are paying to view material through monthly membership etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2012 10:58:43 GMT
Damaskcat says:
It's nothing to do with politics and everything to do with licencing agreements.

What are 'rouge' software sites?

Posted on 12 Dec 2012 14:17:45 GMT
Rosh says:
Would I be able to send and receive emails on the Kindle Fire when I'm in Spain?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2012 17:25:09 GMT
My understanding is "No". This is why I have decided NOT to purchase a Kindle Fire until it can be used to more foreign countries.


Posted on 16 Dec 2012 15:58:45 GMT
Tammy Myoho says:
I'm living in the Netherlands, and would really love to own a kindle fire. But they don't (yet?) deliver to Holland. The only way, am thinking, would be to buy one via the UK or Germany and have a friend receive it in that country. However, I start to realise it 1) might not work here in Holland re:licensing laws? (even with our wifi, and we are not that far from Germany) 2) If I would use it on the home wifi, would there be a limit to how much one could download/ use it?
Does anyone know what WOULD work on the fire when used (permanently) abroad?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 16:23:34 GMT
@Tammy: You could definitely read any books previously downloaded to the Fire. (Be they Amazon or any other Fire readable format.)
All music & MP4 files previously downloaded and installed would work,
Many apps previously downloaded and installed would work.

After that what would and would not work is a guessing game.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 20:14:55 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Provided you can connect it to a WiFi Hotspot there's no reason why you can't access the web version of your Email almost anywhere in the world. Personally, I only use the web versions of my emails as I don't want to download my emails to the Fire.

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 22:09:47 GMT
Rosh says:
Thanks Denis, that is good to know.

Posted on 17 Dec 2012 08:53:30 GMT
Tammy Myoho says:
@combat wombat: do you mean books/music/apps previously downloaded onto the fire while in the uk?
@ Denis, yes I usually use my email online so if that works anywhere, would be perfect. Would browsing internet / you tube also work then? I wasn't really thinking to buy it for streaming video content - yet!! (Have said that before when we bought a CD player 12 years ago and thought, "no we don't need it to read mp3"...ha ha! if only I knew then what I know now!)

I would hope that books on my kindle reader would get synced and that there would be a possibility to listen to my own mp3s transferred via my pc?


In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 09:31:18 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Tammy, YouTube should work. I use the free app "FREEdi YouTube downloader" which allows me to download as video or just audio.

Yes, ebooks will sync across all devices and you can load your own MP3s. If you have, say, a complete CD in a folder just copy the Folder to the Fire and it will show as an album. Those that have the album cover embedded in the file will display the album covers in the Music app.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 09:36:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Dec 2012 09:37:10 GMT
CBRetriever says:
Tammy, I'm using a Kindle Fire HD registered to in France and have been for several months. Wifi works fine as does browsing the internet and buying/downloading books. For apps, I use third party sources like goodereader, getjar and 1mobile. Videos and music on it aren't that important to me and I could always go to a website and stream videos from there if I chose to (as long as they don't require Flash) or sideload music files from other sources.

Posted on 17 Dec 2012 13:01:45 GMT
Tammy Myoho says:
Thanks! It is beginning to sound like it may be a possibility:-) Mostly I just need to read, browse the internet a bit and check email while on the go.
I could buy either the fire from Germany or UK, not sure if it would make any difference though so long as is it in English!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 13:12:02 GMT
CBRetriever says:
you'll get asked, when you set it up, to select a language so it really doesn't matter

and you might want to use your German friend - I've found shipping ffrom the UK to be a bit slow sometimes (I'm still waiting on some sweatshirts for Mr CBR to arrive)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 13:32:46 GMT
@TM: I was responding to your question, I therefore did not specify UK or Germany since you had suggested both. You will download Music, apps, books etc. from your nominated home Amazon account.
Technically yours is .com which is Rest Of World (not America).
You suggested you would do something clever and try to operate out of UK or Germany. If you can do that then that is where you will be able to stream etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2012 11:32:56 GMT
Sara Slater says:
I am coming to Heerenveen in Friesland on Sunday - Kindle Fire in hand. I shall let you know what I can and can't do! Beste wensen! Sara

Posted on 21 Dec 2012 12:46:26 GMT
Tammy Myoho says:
Sara, I am very curious! Dank U wel:-)
Have ordered one which will be un-registered when it arrives with my friend who is visiting from the UK in a week or two. I hope the fire won't panic when it realises it is in the Netherlands and not in England! Am curious which one it will register as home -

Posted on 25 Dec 2012 10:15:47 GMT
I live in Japan. I just got a kindle fire hd. I was able to order a couple of free books and a tv show. But now, when I try to order it says check your billing address and payment method are from a supported country. I am unable toorder anything.

Posted on 25 Dec 2012 11:20:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Dec 2012 11:21:07 GMT
Tammy Myoho says:
Dear Yvonne,
Thanks - oh dear, sad news. I get mine in a few days...will see what happens. Someone was perhaps correct when they mentioned that the licensing laws are a bit behind! If it really is hopeless, there is still time to return the one I will receive and look for something else...
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