Amazon unveils ad-supported 3G Kindle

Amazon today announced the launch of its newest Kindle, which is supported by advertising, PC Magazine reported.

The Kindle 3G with Special Offers is priced at $139, and is identical to the $189 3G Kindle, except that it has advertising and deals as the screen saver and in the lower portion of the home screen. The new Kindle also has wireless access from AT&T.

Having wireless access enables users to get new books anywhere, without having to find a WiFi connection, Slash Gear pointed out.

So will ads be worth saving $50? Previously, the Kindle 3G with Special Offers has been selling for $164, and customers buying the new Kindle through AT&T’s partnership will have free 3G mobile service for the life of the device, which is expected to make the offer even more attractive.

“Kindle 3G customers read 20 percent more books, and take advantage of twice as many special offers,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, in a statement, according to International Business Times.

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