updated 03:48 pm EST, Sun December 15, 2013
Amazon selling Kindle Fire HDX on nine-month plan
Amazon is allowing customers to pick up its Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 on an interest-free payment plan, it was revealed on Sunday. AllThingsD noted on Sunday that the online retailer is now offering the option to pay for one of its new tablets in four installments, with a number of protections in place for Amazon should a customer not manage to pay off the device in full. The move is the latest in a series of offerings by Amazon to increase the attractiveness of its low-cost tablet, including offering customers the ability to try the devices out for free for 30 days.
The installment plan option launched this weekend, and it allows customers pay for a the smaller or full-sized tablet in four payments over the course of nine months. The first payment - for 25 percent of the total purchase price - is due once the customer begins the agreement. The next three payments are spaced 90 days apart from each other.
If a customer fails to maintain the purchase agreement, Amazon reserves the right to deregister that Kindle device. Doing so will block a customer's ability to access Amazon content from that device. Amazon does not go into detail, but this could cover apps purchased through the company's Appstore, as well as books, music, and video.
The offer applies only to the new Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi tablets sold and shipped by Amazon Digital Services and is limited to one device per customer. Eligible customers must reside in the United States, and they must have an Amazon account that has been active for at least two years, with a credit card attached to that account that expires no earlier than March 31, 2014.