I just checked it out for ya, and I was able to add the 2yr warranty by Service Net (that is the default warranty company for the Kindle that pops up on Amazon) into my cart, and ONLY because I purchased my Kindle 3 and its registered to my account. I DIDN'T buy that warranty when I bought my Kindle 3. When I added the Service Net warranty to my account, my Kindle ID/SN popped up below it.
To test it out further, I then logged out of my account and used my spouses account (does not have a Kindle or one registered to the account) and it said I had to add a Kindle to my cart in order to purchase it.
So, my guess is that if you still want the warranty by Service Net (more expensive), and not the one from Square trade, you have to register your Kindle to your Amazon account first (or maybe had to have bought it from Amazon.) I'm more certain that you gotta register your Kindle first or it won't let you add this one to your cart.
I highly recommend going w/ the Square Trade warranty whether you buy your Kindle from Amazon or BB because the company has more positive reviews than Service Net. If you buy at BB than you CAN buy the Square trade warranty (SquareTrade 3-Year Electronics Warranty Plus Accident Protection (Electronics $125-150) on Amazon or directly through the Square Trade website.
I see there are a lot of gripes from the warranty they provide from umm..Service Net here on Amazon for the eReaders, and I think its the same company as well for B&N eReader warranties too. I recommend using/buying a square trade warranty, which can be purchased on Amazon as well. (Just type it in the search block)
May be a good idea to type it in the search block and read what other reviewers have to say about it on Amazon. Most of the reviews for all the Square Trade warranties are from 4-5 stars. I haven't had to file a claim yet for any of my items (maybe someone wrote a review on the process here on Amazon), so I don't know how their customer service goes, but at least it says they are 24/7.
If you purchase at BB, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, (eBay, but there's stipulations) etc., you can still go to square trades website @ www.squaretrade.com and purchase warranties at a reasonable price for anything you buy from almost any retailer. I think you can buy it here on Amazon too, but not sure if you can just buy the warranty alone. Far more cheaper than BB. BB last I checked only has a 1 yr ADH (accidental damage & handling) protection for any of their eReaders for $19.99.
Square Trade has a 2yr or 3yr warranty available for any of the Kindle models. I had the Kindle 2 and bought it & my warranty from Amazon. I just bought the Kindle 3 (wi-fi only) here on Amazon, but went directly to square trades website and bought a 2yr warranty for it thru them. Which is the product care plan w/ accidental damage and handling. It does say you have 90 days from the date of purchase to buy a warranty from them w/ the Kindle.
For the Kindle 3 (wi-fi only model), the 2yr warranty costs $29.99 (which is the one I got cause I'm sure in that time there will be a Kindle 4 color, or something like that) and the 3 yr costs $39.99 and covers damage from drops & spills, mechanical & electrical failure, and other accidents from handling only up to the price of the Kindle itself ($139). For the Kindle 3 (wi-fi + 3g) a 2yr costs $37.99 and a 3yr costs $49.99 which also only covers up to the price of the Kindle ($189).
(warning** kind of irrelevant) I also bought a laptop from BB but purchased a warranty through square trade far more cheaper than what BB sells theirs for. BB wanted about $270 for a I think a 2yr but could have been a 3 yr warranty. I got mine through Square Trade (3yr) for about $130. They say they provide a free prepaid shipping express kit if I have to mail them my laptop to get fixed, and they give a 5 day guarentee to fix the problem from the time they get it or the warranty is free. If they can't fix it they say they pay me the full price I paid. Hopefully I won't ever need to test this out!! :) My other laptop (older) I bought from BB, but no warranty whatsoever, took them (geek squad) 7 days, and cost me $120 for them to just do the system recovery that didn't install properly no matter how many times I tried to do it myself. And it cost me gas & a 35 min. drive there!! Talk about being heated!!
Also, Square Trade sends me coupon codes in the mail for like 20-30% off a warranty which is good cause I did use one when I got my parents a Keurig for Xmas . You can also google square trade coupon codes and find some discounts that way too. ;) Right now they got a code (SANTA) for 20% off a warranty till 01/10/11. So, my 2yr warranty for my Kindle 3 cost me $23.99. Every penny counts!!! :) They got a lot of info and FAQ's on their site and you can get a free quote via email (which is optional) or right then and there.
The best thing I like about them is the fact that all your warranties are kept online, so no paperwork. You do have the option to save/print it to your computer because they email you a copy of the warranty & contract when you buy it. No need to print it out cause when you create a user account (free) it saves them all for you and you can access them anytime online and view the contract for each warranty you have.
You do have to either email or fax them a copy of the reciept and that too gets stored in your account for that particular warranty. This is easy cause I just forward them a copy of my order receipt that I get from Amazon or the other online stores I use. The BB reciept for my laptop, I had just scanned it and attached it to an email for their CS rep. Once they get the receipt it will show on your account that it's been approved and it took them less than a day to do that.
I have 6 warranties thru them, and 2 of them were for coverage on the gifts I purchased for my family and a friend. Once they recieved the gift in the mail I had them txt/email me the serial number (just so I could fill out the info online for them b/c my parents are not computer savvy) and I transfered the warranty via email to them. Pretty easy stuff at a good price.
Sorry for the long story (I sound like a sales person, but I'm not), but just giving you an idea of how it works and why I like square trade the best. That is until they try and screw me over!! lol Check out their site cause it has enough to answer questions and they cover just about everything from just about every retailer there is.
I did check Square Trade out on the Better Business Bureau :) (always do) and they are an accredited business since 02/20/2007, with an A+ rating. But, it states that "BBB processed a total of 77 complaints about Square Trade, Inc. in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period. Of the total of 77 complaints closed in 36 months, 23 were closed in the last year." And out of those 77 complaints 41 were regarding Guarantee or Warranty Issues.
For Service Net: A BBB Accredited business since 6/23/2004 with an A+ rating. HOWEVER, it states "BBB processed a total of 455 complaint(s) about this business in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period. Of the total 455 complaint(s) closed in the last 36 months, 88 were closed in the last 12 months. " And out of the 455 complaints, it says 202 were regarding Guarantee Or Warranty Issues.
You can look on the BBB and see the exact types of complaints that were filed and decide. Anyhow, I like how I don't have to purchase a warranty from the retailer (cause some of them try and rip you off), and everything is stored (make model, serial number, etc) on my online account and computer. Like I said, I haven't had to claim anything yet either, so most of this loooong story I told is my opinion based on price and ease of use and access. Once again, sorry for the long novel :) but I hope it helps.
If you're asking if 1st gen kindles have 3G the answer is no. I wouldn't think this would matter unless you have some VERY specific use for the increased bandwidth that 3G would theoretically bring though.
If you're asking what 3G is then here's a good answer by PC mag:
3G vs. 4G: What Are They?
First things first, the "G" stands for a generation of mobile technology, installed in phones and on cellular networks. Each "G" generally requires you to get a new phone, and for networks to make expensive upgrades. The first two were analog cell phones (1G) and digital phones (2G). Then it got complicated.
Third-generation mobile networks, or 3G, came to the U.S. in 2003. With minimum consistent Internet speeds of 144Kbps, they were supposed to bring "mobile broadband." There are now so many varieties of 3G, though, that a "3G" connection can get you Internet speeds anywhere from 400Kbps to more than ten times that.
New generations usually bring new base technologies, more network capacity for more data per user, and the potential for better voice quality, too.
4G phones are supposed to be even faster, but that's not always the case. There are so many technologies called "4G," and so many ways to implement them, that the term is almost meaningless. The International Telecommunications Union, a standards body, tried to issue requirements to call a network 4G but they were ignored by carriers, and eventually the ITU backed down. 4G technologies include HSPA+ 21/42, WiMAX, and LTE (although some consider LTE the only true 4G of that bunch, and some people say none of them are fast enough to qualify.)
There's one rule to follow: Each generation will offer faster Internet speeds than the last, that is, on the same carrier. Sprint's WiMAX 4G is almost always faster than its CDMA 3G. But AT&T's 3G HSPA can be faster than MetroPCS's 4G LTE. You can rely on speeds to move up within your carrier, though.
This confusion is why we run our annual Fastest Mobile Networks story, which tests 3G and 4G networks in 20 cities nationwide. In last year's tests, we generally found that Verizon's 4G LTE network was the fastest, followed by T-Mobile 4G HSPA+, AT&T 4G HSPA+, Sprint 4G WiMAX, MetroPCS 4G LTE, Verizon 3G, and Cricket 3G, with Sprint 3G pulling up the rear. As AT&T and Sprint roll out new LTE networks, we expect them to be competitive with Verizon's LTE speeds.
Check out Fastest Mobile Networks 2011 to find out which 3G or 4G network is fastest in your city.
Would you like to know more about LTE, which is becoming the global standard for 4G? Read our primer on What Is LTE? over at ExtremeTech.
When to Go For 4G
The mobile carriers are still building out their 4G networks, so first, you need 4G coverage to appreciate a 4G phone. Of the national carriers, Verizon and T-Mobile have the broadest 4G coverage. AT&T currently covers about a quarter of the U.S. population.
Sprint is in the middle of switching 4G systems, from WiMAX to LTE. The two are incompatible, so you must check coverage in your city for the specific variety of 4G you're buying.
If you like to surf the Web and especially stream video, 4G can be heaven. If you connect a laptop to your mobile link, 4G makes a huge difference. In general, anything involving transferring large amounts of data gets a big boost from 4G. Watch out for the data limits on your service plan, though; it's easy to use up a lot of data very quickly with 4G.
If you have a 3G phone and you've been frustrated with clogged-up networks, 4G may be the solution. You'll be switching to a different, less-trafficked network for your Internet data. 4G won't solve any dropped call problems, though, as all calls will be made over 3G networks until carriers switch to voice-over-LTE during the next few years.
Finally, if you want to future-proof yourself, get a 4G phone. 4G coverage is only going to get better, and that's where the carriers are spending most of their money right now. As we move into 2013 and 2014, some carriers will even try to switch subscribers to 4G-only phones which make voice calls over the LTE network.
When to Buy 3G
If you want an iPhone, it'll be 3G. End of story. We're done. Apple may be releasing a 4G LTE iPhone later this year, but the company doesn't currently have a 4G model. (The "4" in iPhone 4 refers to the model number, not the mobile technology.)
If you live in an area that doesn't have 4G coverage, there's no advantage to a 4G phone. In fact, you'll have serious battery life problems if you buy an LTE phone and don't disable 4G LTE, as the radio's search for a non-existent signal will drain your battery quickly.
In general, if you value battery life more than Internet speeds, there's still life in 3G yet. We've seen significantly shorter usage times on 4G devices than on 3G devices, most notably on Verizon and Sprint phones. (Our LTE explainer goes into detail as to why that's the case, and why T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 is currently the least battery-hogging form of 4G.) We'll see that situation improve over the next two years as integrated 3G/4G chips arrive, and then as carriers switch to 4G for voice calling. Of course, you can also buy a 4G phone and turn the option off using a menu option or downloaded app
The terms and conditions (there is a link on the product page) state:
"1. WHAT IS COVERED. We will replace the original purchased Product specified on Your
Amazon.com order with a new or refurbished unit, provided such replacement is authorized
and necessitated by Product operational or mechanical failure during normal usage."
The next time my Kindle didn't work, I bought a new Kindle and another warranty. I thought it was well worth it, as I got three or four Kindle's out of the warranty. I'm not sure if you can buy another warranty or not. I hope this helps.