Customers were informed via email on Wednesday that starting in December, Amazon’s 3G-enabled Kindle e-readers will no longer be able to connect to the internet on their own in the US.
Mobile carriers’ transition from 2G and 3G to 4G and 5G networks is what caused the shift. You might not be able to access the internet at all if you have an older Kindle without Wi-Fi.
The Kindle Keyboard (3rd generation), Kindle Touch (4th generation), Kindle Paperwhite (4th, 5th, and 6th generation), Kindle Voyage (7th generation), and Kindle Oasis (8th generation) will only be able to access the Internet via Wi-Fi connection, according to a June report from Good eReader. However, newer Kindle devices with 4G support should work just fine.
Amazon underlines in its email release that there will be no way to download new books from the Kindle Store without using Wi-Fi. However, customers can still use and appreciate the downloaded and owned content on these devices. Here is the email that Amazon sent to customers:
Regarding the first and second generations of Kindles
The Kindle DX adds to the complexity of things (2nd generation). When 2G or 3G networks are no longer active, the only way to update those devices with fresh content is via a micro-USB cord.
A representative for Amazon wrote to The Verge in an email to say that the company offers trade-in options among other options for active users with hacked devices. You must have read on one of these older Kindle devices between January 1 and June 30 of 2021 in order to be eligible for the following credits and discounts. Please look for a promotional code in your inbox.
Anyone who already owns a Kindle will receive a free Kindle Oasis (10th Generation) device and cover from Amazon (1st Generation).
Customers with Kindle (1st and 2nd Generation), Kindle DX (2nd Generation), and the Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation) can receive $25 in free ebook credits in addition to the $70 discount on a new Kindle Paperwhite or Oasis.
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Customers who already own a fifth-generation Kindle Paperwhite, sixth-generation Kindle Voyage, or eighth-generation Kindle Oasis can save $50 on the cost of a new Kindle Oasis or Paperwhite and receive a $15 credit toward an e-reader purchase.
In a perfect world, Amazon would swap out all of the disconnected internet-connected devices.
The end of 2G and 3G networks has a timeline set by AT&T of February 22, 2022, while T-Mobile has reportedly set a deadline of April 20, 2022, and Verizon has given a deadline of December 31, 2022.
Because of these factors, Amazon’s December aim is too early, but it’s better to be ready now than to run the risk of having an ineffective leader in the future.