Amazon announced today that they were going to have an International version of the Kindle for sale for the holiday season.  Until now the Kindle has used Sprint’s EVDO network to get purchases and updates from the Internet.  Unfortunately for current Kindle owners, Sprint’s radio technology doesn’t work overseas.

Enter AT&T and its global standard HSDPA network.  Amazon has worked out a similar deal with AT&T as it did with Sprint, except on the AT&T version, you can roam in 100 countries with your Kindle.  You can even buy the new Kindle internationally for use with US books.

Amazon is dropping the price of its Sprint Kindle significantly to $259 (or $219 refurb) and is available immediately.  The AT&T International version will be $279 for pre-order and will ship later this month (October 19th-ish)


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