Update: In July 2011 Amazon started shipping these Kindle 3G + wi-fi models at an even lower price, offering buyers the chance to save $50 when compared with the traditional ad-free version! Considering you get special offers that can save you even more money in the future, this is a fantastic deal. Previous special Kindle special offers include: $10 for a $20 gift card, save $500 on select HDTVs, thousands of $1 Kindle books, and get a $10 gift card when you spend $10 on Kindle books.
At the beginning of May Amazon started shipping their wi-fi only version reader at a discount price of only $114. The $25 discount came with slight catch that instead of literary screen-savers you would be shown advertisements and special offers.
Whilst industry analysts thought it might be a wrong move, customers voted with their wallets and accepted the pay off as a great way to bag a bargain. The discounted Kindle quickly took the number one spot on Amazon’s best seller lists, so rather unsurprisingly the store has now launched the Kindle 3G + wi-fi with sponsored discounts. Again you get $25 of the original retail price (so now pay $164 for the cheapest 3G ebook reader around).
Since everything about the device is identical to the original $189 model we expect the discounted version to prove popular. You pay a little less, and instead of having screen-savers depicting famous authors, you are shown advertisements or special deals you might be interested in. Of course for some this might seem like a bit of an intrusion, but even the paperback has often contained ads for other works at the back. And, since these Kindle ads won’t interfere with actually using the device we think it is definitely worth the $25 saving.