October 5, 2011
Kindle Touch Will Have Limited Web Access
The new Kindle Touch, with built-in 3G network capabilities, will be limited to web browsing only when connected to a wi-fi network. The 3G is still available for syncing book purchases, and the web will be limited to Wikipedia.
Web browsing was an experimental feature on the last Kindle, known currently as the Kindle Keyboard 3G. It appears that Amazon is closing the chapter on this feature by limiting 3G access, according to CNN.
PCMag says the limitation was discovered by a Kindle user, who posted on the official Kindle forum, prompting other users to speculate and debate over the question. Amazon released a statement, saying, “We apologize for the confusion. Our new Kindle Touch 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store, download books and periodicals, and access Wikipedia - all over 3G or Wi-Fi. Experimental web browsing (outside of Wikipedia) on Kindle Touch 3g is only available over Wi-Fi. Our Kindle Keyboard 3G will continue to offer experimental web browsing over 3G or Wi-Fi.”
Some users are upset over the revelation. Someone quipped in the user forum, “Dear Amazon, why are you charging us $50 to shop in your store.”
Not all users are bothered by the limitation, saying, “I love my ereader because I don´t have to search for Wi-Fi spots especially when I´m in other countries. I don´t expect Amazon to pick up the cost of my surfing the web. As long as they pick up the cost of my using their services to purchase products via the Kindle that´s all I expect. If I want to surf other sites then I will use my home network or my account from Verizon.”
The forthcoming Kindle Fire tablet, announced last week, will not be hampered by the limitation because it is Wi-Fi only. And owners of the Kindle Keyboard 3G will still have unlimited access to internet sites through the experimental web browser.
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