Reception My understanding is that the Kindle works the same frequency as a cellphone. My question is: if you don't get much reception in your home with a cellphone, what kind of reception will I get with the Kindle? I surely would like it to work in my home.
Greetings D, Without going into a million variable as to what makes good reception "GOOD or BAD" could fill a book. I can help you with a my experience with an iPhone and the Kindle. Keep in mind this is not scientifically valid, just my personal experience.
iPhone uses EDGE network and WiFi. EDGE is ATT's network. on a scale of 1 - 10 actually radio buffs use 1-9, but that is another story. The iPhone is barely a 1 anywhere at my house with a lot of breaking up. A sad report indeed.
Kindle is a solid 9 anywhere in my location. Kindle uses Whispernet. I am not sure of frequencies are used by cell phones and Kindle. One thing I am sure of, Kindle's Whispernet does not have the same coverage across the country as ATT's EDGE. Now that can be easily checked by looking at a coverge map for Kindle. I sure wold use Google to bring one up and check to see if you live in Whspernet's coverae area. Chaces are, if you are in a metro area you may get reception. I was surprized that some metro areas were not covered by Kindle. I expect if Kindle takes off, I think it will, coverage will grealy expand. I have never missed a single download with my Kindle, I am happy.
Another suggestion would be to see if you can find anyone in your area and ask them to come to your location to see the how the reception performs.
I love my Kindle.I am going on a cruise next week. I am loading up on a lot of free samples Amazon offers. I intend to read on the balcony of the ship and the beach. Ohhh another thing, the battery does not die. There is a very nice selection of content for a rather new item. Of course I am downloading many mgazines,newspapers, books, blogs and other freebees before I go to Belize, Mexico, Cayman Islands as there will be no Whispernet or EDGE. Ohhhh all is not lost, as you can use your computer and download from the Internet your content to your hard drive. Then xfer from your HD to your Kindle. This is a very simple process. They even give you a USB cable so you can very easily make a xfer to your Kindle.
I hope you can use the Kindle.The Internet --> Hardrive --> Kindle methd is quite straight forward.
Using the Kindle has "re-Kindled' MY INTEREST IN READING! grin
Hello, I wanted to respond to the reception issue. I live part time on a lake in rural central IL and have pretty weak cell phone reception on both the Sprint and Verizon networks. Verizon is clearly better than Sprint but still iffy. My Kindle works better than both cell phones. I have had a couple spotty incidents but for the most part is functions very very well. When in Chicago the other half of the time and going in between...my Kindle performs perfectly.
Just in case you're still wondering, I have extremely poor cell phone reception IN my home due to a slate roof. I also checked the Whispernet coverage in my area and it appears that the area surrounding my home is not covered (just my luck). However, I simply take my Kindle with me when I go into town, turn on the wireless, and in seconds everything I bought is downloaded. I usually buy from the Amazon site, but if I have to do any waiting I browse the Kindle store directly from my Kindle (as long as I'm not in my house!). You don't need wireless to read content on your Kindle. I am very happy with my Kindle!!