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IS the 3G worth the extra money?

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Initial post: May 26, 2011 7:13:52 PM PDT
NorCalGal says:
Hey all, looking for some opinions on the 3g. I have wifi at home, and don't travel out of the country too much, so is it worth it for me to spend the extra money on the 3G?

Love to get some feedback...thank you!!

Posted on May 26, 2011 7:17:16 PM PDT
Erma says:
i have no need for 3g because i have tons of books loaded on my Kindle. i have wifi at home and dont need to download books away from home.

Posted on May 26, 2011 7:18:24 PM PDT
Artist says:
If you think you'll be near a wi-fi hotspot when you want to download books or use the experimental browser, there's no need for 3G.

If you won't be near a wi-fi hotspot, then it's best to get the 3G version.

You don't need to be connected to either to read a downloaded book.

Posted on May 26, 2011 7:21:00 PM PDT
NorCalGal says:
thanks! I know that if I get the 3G I don't want the version with the ads, so it is a difference of $50 - in my prius, that's like two tanks of gas!! I like many people am afraid of "missing out" on the latest and greatest. I just don't want to get the regular version and then find out that they have created apps or something making the 3G more desirable.

Posted on May 26, 2011 7:21:44 PM PDT
It's worth it if you don't have a smart phone. Free internet access for $50? It's not great internet access but you can find movie times or get directions or check your email with it.

Posted on May 26, 2011 7:24:14 PM PDT
Artist says:
Anything that works on the 3G works on the wi-fi only version because the only difference is the AT&T modem. I don't see them creating anything special for the 3G version of the Kindle 3 that won't work on the wi-fi only version. There would be a user riot!

Posted on May 26, 2011 7:29:01 PM PDT
Retta says:
I think it's worth the extra money. I get the daily newspaper on my Kindle, but I don't like to download the current edition until I've finished the previous day's paper. So if I'm on the bus when I finish the paper, I can just turn on whispernet and get the new edition of the paper, without having to be in a wi-fi hotspot (which is harder to come by in Canada anyways). But if you'll never be in the position of needing to download something while out of your house, then go for the wi-fi only. (But imagine, where else are you ever going to get free 3G service?)

Posted on May 26, 2011 7:57:09 PM PDT
Sue says:
I think it's worth the extra money as well. I've used it a lot more than I thought I would, and with no monthly fee, it's quite a bargain.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2011 8:03:20 PM PDT
Anne Shirley says:
It all depends on how important having access to downloading when you want it is to you. If you feel you can always wait, and you'll never be tempted to want something "now", wherever you are, and are confident wi-fi will always be available for you, then you should be fine with wi-fi. I bought the 3G, and have been surprised at how handy that has been for me. I don't use it often, but I've found I love having the option, and I do use it.

Posted on May 26, 2011 8:05:28 PM PDT
It was worth it to me, as my company has a government contract, so for security reasons they block our outside email, along with all social networking sites. I use my Kindle to access my email and Facebook as I have only a midrange phone and don't like using the browser on it. If you're already satisfied with the browser on your phone, then you probably won't need 3G.

Posted on May 26, 2011 8:10:02 PM PDT
Jo MW says:
I think it's worth it. If you lose your electricity or your router or cable goes out, it becomes a link to the rest of the world. And I've downloaded books while sitting on a plane, and sitting in a park...and in a couple hotels that did not have wireless. And it's $50.00 for the life of the device...that's a bargain.

Posted on May 26, 2011 8:20:15 PM PDT
Gin says:
Agree with those that say it's worth it, unless you are positive it's something don't need or want. We are often in places without wifi, don't have a smart phone. I use my 3G capability daily. Mr.G uses his only occassionally, but is glad to have it when he wants it . Recently he was in hospital for a week, and used it to send messages to me and other family members, and, more importantly, to look up meds and procedures.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2011 8:20:45 PM PDT
Yes - we had bad storms Monday night and had no internet until this afternoon. I was able to use my K3's 3G to let some online friends know I was okay, and to check on some other folks. I was also able to find out what was happening outside my local news area.

Posted on May 26, 2011 8:53:02 PM PDT
Silvercloud says:
I only have the WiFi and have found if I'm organized and have plenty of stuff to read, I can wait until I get to a hotspot (or home) to download. I just got back from a week's vacation, and found I didn't need to download a thing (although I did sneak into a McDonalds to download Bufo's blog!).

Posted on May 27, 2011 12:46:41 AM PDT
R. Weinfeld says:
I don't have a smart phone.
I think the Kindle with 3G is a great option.
The other day I was out doing errands and realized I needed to make a phone call but didn't know the number. I was able to connect to the internet with my 3G Kindle and get the information I needed.
Sometimes I travel to visit family who do not have wifi and am so grateful for my 3G Kindle.

Posted on May 27, 2011 1:13:35 AM PDT
Carbonbased says:
I can't tell you what you should do. I find it very useful, being able to show an interested friend how it works, getting a sample of a book they're interested in while sitting in the sun. Perhaps $50 means more to you than to me. Perhaps you'll be happy to make do with the wi-fi-only limitations for the life of the device, knowing that you got two tanks of gas at some time in the past.

Posted on May 27, 2011 5:35:45 AM PDT
Two tanks of gas for me is around $150. Prius has a 6 gallon gas tank?

Posted on May 27, 2011 5:44:51 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I have no AT&T coverage at home, but I have a wireless router. We have secured WiFi at work that I can't use. So I can get some EDGE coverage. I like having the option of both. Free WiFi isn't really abundant in my area. For me, it was worth it. Then again, I paid 359.00 for my first Kindle so the 189.00 was a huge bargain.

Posted on May 27, 2011 6:24:06 AM PDT
GoldDove says:
I have a Kindle 2 US version, which uses Sprint. The newer Kindles all use AT&T which doesn't work in my house and I don't travel much, so my next Kindle will probably be the WiFi version.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2011 7:01:42 AM PDT
momtaxi says:
The choice between Wifi only or Wifi/3g depends on where you live.

It was worth the extra $50 for me. We don't have Wifi on our houseboat and the nearest hotspot is 40 minutes away, (and that's only if we're docked at our home marina).

I had my K1 for 3 years before handing it off to my husband. If I keep my K3 for 3 years, thats something like $16.66 a year, or 32c a week for the convenience of having my newspaper appear on my Kindle while I sleep. Worth every tiny penny.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2011 7:46:14 AM PDT
Bjeans says:
OT to ScottBooks
Our 2004 Prius has an 11.9 gallon tank, but there's some kind of bladder in the tank that prevents it from being completed filled. I think. My husband is the primary driver and says when the fuel gauge shows he's near empty, he can't put more than 7 gallons in it. He likes to smugly point out that his Prius doesn't actually use gasoline. (That's *like* a joke.)

Posted on May 27, 2011 7:51:48 AM PDT
WiFi seems to be hard for some people to get set up.

I have the 3G+WiFi and I'm glad I have the 3G for a rather obscure reason. I don't like the way page numbers were implemented in the last upgrade so I don't want it. Since Amazon was pushing the upgrade over the WiFi, I simply told the Kindle to "forget" all my WiFi networks. I'm strictly using the 3G at this point.

Posted on May 27, 2011 9:07:13 AM PDT
Steve S. says:
I'm glad I have the WiFi + 3G as I live in a rural area, but the WiFi is so much faster its like an added bonus when I hang out at the town coffee shop.

Posted on May 27, 2011 4:05:24 PM PDT
Mary A. says:
I love the 3G. I think it's worth the extra money. I like the ability to download any time and any place.

Posted on May 27, 2011 4:23:13 PM PDT
I've posted this before, but when I was in a situation where the majority of the 3G networks for cell phones were overwhelmed and internet service went out (we had power, but no internet) the only thing I had working was my K3...the 3G it's on was somehow just fine (I don't understand the technicalities).

Granted this is not a common problem, nor is it the reason I bought my Kindle, but I was extremely glad I had it!

On a more practical note, part of the reason I love the Kindle is the instant gratification and by having both 3G and wifi I have made sure I have more access to book buying.

Just my opinion but I did spend about a year living overseas with a US only K2. Everything I bought was sideloaded at home from my laptop. I still very much enjoyed the Kindle experience anyway. But, when I bought the K3 and re-aquired the whispernet, well, I like it more. By having 3G plus wifi I never have to worry about my location or when I'd be 'in range'.

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