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Amazon unveils new virtual currency "Amazon Coin" for Kindle Fire customers

Amazon Coins is a virtual currency for Kindle Fire customers, real money not good enough

By: Charles Gantt from Feb 5, 2013 @ 11:39 CST

The virtual currency game has been played many times by many companies trying to seek a new form of payment. In the end, they all seem to fizzle then pop, resulting in a failed product. Amazon is seeking to buck that trend and has created a virtual currency of its own.


Dubbed Amazon Coin, the new virtual currency is being billed by Amazon as an "easy way for Kindle Fire customers to spend money on developers' apps in the Amazon Appstore." Amazon will release the new currency in May and give Kindle Fire users "tens of millions of dollars' worth of free Amazon Coins to spend on developers' apps.

Unlike other virtual currency services, current Amazon App developers will not need to do anything to begin accepting the coins. Apps in development that have yet gained approval will need to get approved by April 25th to be ready when the new currency launches.


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