From PC Magazine:
In the tech industry it’s a well-established fact that major U.S. companies will sometimes test a service in other, international markets before introducing it to domestic customers. That’s why the news that Amazon will begin offering prepaid Internet access for smartphones and tablet computers in Japan is so intriguing.
According to Japanese business journal the Nikkei, Amazon will begin selling the prepaid cards sometime this month. The company will sell subscriber identity module (SIM) cards for 1,980 yen (about $25), which will allow up to 500MB of data usage. The report also notes that Amazon is the first foreign company to ever offer such a service in Japan’s highly competitive Internet access market.
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Nevertheless, the most interesting wrinkle to the story is that the prepaid SIM cards will work with unlocked iPhones and other smartphone and tablet devices, in addition to the Kindle. So while this prepaid data service would certainly help Amazon deliver its e-book service in Japan, it could also serve as a significant test of a new prepaid access model for U.S. Amazon customers in the near future.
Link to the rest at PC Magazine