Amazon passed its current lineup of eBook readers through the FCC using a host of shell companies, including Hannaford LLC and Harpers LLC. These shell companies were located across the United States and each had an address that corresponded to a location of Corporation Service Company (CSC), a provider of entity services.
Yesterday, a company called Elk LLC passed a “Tablet PC” through the FCC. Elk LLC’s address is listed as Suite 100, 2730 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA. A quick Google search of this address shows that it is a location for Corporation Service Company, making Elk another likely shell for Amazon.
Elk’s FCC filing shows a tablet that supports GSM band 850/1900, WCDMA bands II and V and LTE bands 4 and 17. These GSM and WCDMA bands correspond to AT&T’s service in the United States, while LTE band 4 is used by AT&T as well. These FCC filings suggest that Elk’s tablet, which bears the model number 3HT7G, is Amazon’s LTE tablet, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE.
Elk’s FCC filings don’t reveal much else about the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE than is already known. Unfortunately, all internal and external photos of the 3HT7G are confidential. You can check out Elk’s FCC filings for yourself here.
Last month a tablet called the EY21 won approval from the FCC. The applications for the EY21 were filed by a Minnesota-based firm called Hannaford LLC. The address for Hannaford LLC listed in FCC filings is the same address of Corporation Services Company, a known front for Amazon, making it likely that the EY21 is actually a new version of Amazon’s Kindle eBook reader.
Today, the EY21 made yet another appearance on the FCC. This time, FCC documents for the EY21 were filed by Gluteen LLC, an Illinois-based firm who’s address at 801 Adlai Stevenson Drive in Springfield is also an address of Corporation Services Company. FCC filings for the EY21 shows that the device won FCC approval for 802.11 b/g/n wireless in the 2.4GHz band.
It’s unclear why Amazon passed the EY21 through the FCC twice, with two different front companies. However, the recent increase in filings by Amazon front companies does suggest that we should be expecting a new version of the Kindle very soon.
Last week, The Digital Reader uncovered a tablet on the FCC that appears to be the next version of Amazon’s Kindle Kire. FCC filings for the device were made by Harpers LLC, a supposed front company for Amazon. The Digital Reader noted that the offices of Harpers LLC are actually offices for Corporation Service Company (CSC), which filed paperwork on behalf of Amazon.
Today, a similarly mysterious tablet called the EY21 made an appearance on the FCC. This time FCC filings were made by Hannaford LLC, which appears to be a front for Amazon just like Harpers LLC. Proof? The address for Hannaford LLC leads us to Corporation Service Company (note address on lower right of this page) – the same company that resides at the address of Harpers LLC.
FCC filings for the EY21 describe the device as an “e-Reader” and SAR reports provide data speeds for the EY21 downloading ebooks. Unlike the tablet from Harpers LLC, the EY21 features 3G data support on AT&T bands (WCDMA bands II and V) in addition to WiFi capabilities. This means that the EY21 will be able to download books wirelessly over a cellular network (presumably AT&T’s).
It appears that the EY21 is an eInk-based ebook reader similar to the traditional Kindle or Kindle Touch, while the tablet from Harpers LLC is a more robust and versatile tablet like the Kindle Fire. This would fit with Amazon’s strategy last year when it released the Kindle Fire along with more traditional Kindle and Kindle Touch eInk ebook readers.
Amazon Wireless is now offering Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus 4G for Verizon for a low $80 with a two year contract. That’s over $200 less than Verizon, which is selling the device for $300, and other popular wireless etailers like LetsTalk, which is selling the Nexus 4G for $200.
Do note that the $80 price is only available for new Verizon customers. Existing Verizon customers looking to upgrade will need to shell out $230.
If you still haven’t pulled the trigger on a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G, Amazon Wireless has a great deal for you. You can now get the Galaxy Nexus 4G for just $100, with a two year contract. That price is only available to NEW Verizon customers – existing Verizon subscribers can upgrade for $250.
It’s been pretty tough to order the Galaxy Nexus 4G online since the device was released nearly two weeks ago.
Wirefly and Letstalk both currently have the device backordered, and until today Amazon didn’t expect to ship the device for at least a week. However, Amazon now has the Galaxy Nexus back in stock for $250 with a two year contract – that’s $50 less than buying the device directly from Verizon.
Update: Wirefly has the Galaxy Nexus back in stock as well for a low $230 for new Verizon customers. View Wirefly’s product page here.
Update 2: The Galaxy Nexus is now backordered at Amazon, with ship times listed as 1 to 3 weeks.