Every dollar counts if you’re the typical college kid nowadays. Amazon knows it, which is why the e-commerce giant is making its new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 a bit cheaper for students this month.
During January, Amazon will cut the price of the tablet by $50, making it as cheap as $249 for the ad-supported 16GB model. The 4G LTE model will run as low as $449 with the discount.
The deal is not a particularly surprising one from Amazon, and shows just how much the company has integrated its various devices, services, and media content. Kids that purchase the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 aren’t just buying a tablet — they’re buying into the Amazon media content and Prime ecosystem as well. Make no mistake: Amazon’s main mission is to lock its customers in and never let them go.
There are, however, two limitations on Kindle Fire HD 8.9 deal. For one, it requires that buyers enroll in Amazon’s Student program, which requires a .edu email address. A bigger hinderance, perhaps, is that buyers will also need a subscription to Amazon Prime, which that costs $49 a year for students. Fortunately, Amazon also offers free six month subscriptions to Prime, which should make the discount that much more enticing.
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