Amazon Limits Free Kindle 3G, Kindle Fire the way to go?

This may not worry anyone who does not own a Kindle 3G but for those of you who do, the days of free unlimited web browsing have finally come to an end. Sources are saying that users are now receiving 3G bandwidth cap warnings from Amazon. Users who were just browsing with the e-Reader were presented with warnings that they had hit their 50MB monthly allowance. This was obviously a surprise to some users as Amazon had never gave out warnings nor even remotely said they were going to put a cap on the free 3G. Users then received another notification saying they users would be able to surf websites for another 24 hours and after that 24 hours is up, the 3G will only be able to access Amazon.com, Wikipedia and the Kindle store. Everything else is going to have be done over a Wi-Fi connection. I’m actually surprised that they didn’t say anything nor are they offering a service to increase that bandwidth.

Apparently the limit has actually been in place for a while now, it just hasn’t been enforced that much until now. It’s quite obvious why Amazon is limiting users access to core sites that go along with the e-Reader. Since the Kindle is just a e-Reader the cap shouldn’t be a whole lot of a problem unless you use it like a tablet. In that case, it’s probably time to change those web surfing habits.

In the case that you were using the Kindle like a tablet. You may just want to look at the Kindle Fire. Not only is it an e-Reader but it’s also a tablet at the same time and if I am correct, Amazon Prime members get a whole lot more features than you would use on Amazon’s original Kindle e-Reader. The Kindle Fire is Wi-Fi only, but if you’re like most people you probably have a Wi-Fi connection in your home. You’ll get a lot more for your money by using the Kindle Fire, that is, if you used to use the original Kindle e-Reader as a browser-like tablet. Those are just a few cool features that the Amazon Kindle Fire has, but something that will interest you e-Readers the most is the ability to borrow books from the Kindle store. That’s something you weren’t able to do with the original Kindle e-Reader and I think it’s something most users would like.

The Kindle Fire also might interest you over the Kindle 3G as Amazon is lowering the price on it due to the competition over the Google Nexus 7. So you won’t be shelling an extra $200 out on a new e-Reader tablet. That said, if you’ve been getting this odd data cap, let us know in the comments! We would really like to hear about it if you are to find out if this is just another random spurt of warnings or if Amazon is actually trying to enforce this. If they are trying to limit this, they haven’t said yet. Either way, an official announcement would be nice to hear.

source: Uber Gizmo


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  1. I’m not interested in purchasing the Kindle Fire, but wanted to upgrade my Kindle 2nd Gen with a Kindle Touch. My 2nd Generation kindle has 3G, so I was looking for the Kindle Touch 3G as replacement. Surprisingly the Amazon site has been displaying a sold out message indefinitely, and they even go on to say that they don’t know when it will be in stock again. They do have the Wifi only version. I thought I would search the internet to see if I could find out why, and came across your article. I don’t use my current Kindle’s web browser because I have an IPad. I’m concerned that purchasing the Wifi version will severely limit my ability to purchase/download books whenever I want them, and not just when there is a wifi signal available. Completely bummed about their decision to pull the 3G version.

  2. Sorry for the misinformation. When I was reading on Amazon it didn’t seem like you were able to borrow books from previous generations.

  3. I use the Kindle 2nd Generation and can borrow books. That is just a “late add” to the Kindle benefits, and not limited to WHICH Kindle you use.

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