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Initial post: Oct 30, 2011 8:17:31 PM PDT
slswallows says:
Hi, sorry if this is a dumb question, but will the Kindle Fire require a data plan like my cell phone does? I (think I) know I can use my internet connection at home, but what about when I am on the road? Thanks for your input.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 8:18:38 PM PDT
No. And you cant use internet on the road because its wifi only.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 8:25:41 PM PDT
slswallows says:
No I understand I can't use my internet on the road...so you're saying it's like the Kindle 3G? Which means it comes with free 3G? (give me a break - I'm not familiar with this stuff, obviously). Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 8:27:49 PM PDT
Erich says:
"wifi" only means there's no 3G.

The Fire doesn't have 3G capability, you have to be in a wifi hotspot either at home or elsewhere to connect to the Internet. There is some onboard memory for storing stuff to use when you don't have a connection though.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 8:30:41 PM PDT
slswallows says:
Thanks Erich, I appreciate your response. So if I'm at Starbucks say for example, then I can connect - I imagine the speed will depend on the quality of the wi-fi connection?

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 8:37:49 PM PDT
At this point, nobody really knows for sure. It might depend on how the wifi is set up.
In a couple of weeks, after some people have actually tried to use a Fire, well have a lot more, and better, information.
However, it's clear you WON'T need a data plan to use the Fire.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 8:44:09 PM PDT
slswallows says:
Okay, fair enough. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 8:45:48 PM PDT
To add to W. Holt's post: If you have a wifi router at home for your broadband connection, then you will be able to connect to that and use it. If you do not have a wifi router at home, then either you have to get one for your broadband connection, or you have to go to a wifi hotspot.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 8:47:37 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Laurie, that's correct.

When Amazon gives us the free 3G on Kindles that have it (not the Fire), Amazon is paying for carrier for the 3G use. We pay more initially for a device capable of doing that.

When we use wi-fi, either we pay for the wi-fi connection (for example, at home, you might be paying your cable company for internet), or the business/organization is paying for it. Many businesses provide free wi-fi for their customers, in order to attract the patronage.

Why doesn't Amazon do free 3G on the Fire? For one thing, the data to stream a movie is a lot more than the data traffic required to download a typical book...it would cost Amazon a lot more.

As to connecting to the internet away from your house, I'll typically be able to do that more than once a day. I'm often in one of a number of places with free wi-fi.

You may also be able to use your phone to create a wi-fi hotspot...although you may pay for that. I believe I've heard of at least one car that can create a hotspot, but I don't know for sure that either of these will work with the Fire.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 9:02:03 PM PDT
When using a kindle, you dont have to be connected to the internet to actually read the book, do you? This may or may not be a stupid question but im curious.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 9:47:41 PM PDT
Tony...no, you do not need to be connected.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 9:50:25 PM PDT
Once the book is downloaded to the kindle, you can read it anywhere as long as the battery is charged.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 4:33:13 AM PST
Girl's Mom says:
If you wanted to use this to watch a movie in the car, would it have to have been downloaded to the kindle? It says you can watch streaming videos, but I am not sure you could do that on a road trip.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011 4:37:19 AM PST
Yes, you will need to have the movie downloaded to the Fire in order to watch it while you're on the road. The Fire can only stream movies when it's connected to the Internet, and it can only connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011 5:18:29 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
That's correct, unless you have a wi-fi hotspot that works in the car. The Ford Sync does that, I believe. You might also be able to tether to your cellphone in the car.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 10:38:35 AM PST
kathy says:
I cannot connect to a network at home! I have a netgear router. Does anyone know if the router is the problem - perhaps it does not support Kindle Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 10:43:36 AM PST
Kathy, is your router a wireless type? Have you connected other wireless devices such as a laptop or netbook?

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 5:31:53 PM PST
Is the Fire able to sync with a computer (laptop)? What connecting USB cables (if any) are included? THANKS!

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 5:41:12 PM PST
L. Hill says:
Douglas,

There is no "sync" capability with Fire...it can connect via USB cable, but one is not included. There are apps that allow transfer of files, and there is an app (sideload, sorry, don't know name) that allows your computer to "see" your fire via your wifi router...which while not a "sync" does allow easy transfer of files. There is an app called "Dropbox" that also allows the movement of files back and forth. It also depends on what you want to transfer...

Hope that helps some...I am using my fire in teaching/sermon/lecture situations, rather than take printed notes - fire allows me to email PDF documents directly to my fire - which keeps the page "fixed" in size, no inadvertent zooming or the like...using My Amazon Cloud drive I can transfer a Word document to my fire as well, which allows me to modify, zoom, so on...
May be more than you asked for...but there you go...been using my fire for 3 weeks...there were bugs at first, but Amazon has reallllllly been working on it...My fire is more for reading/lecture/notes/so on, not "computing" - have laptop and desktop for that...screen is better than my wife's ipad - but obviously smaller...resolution looks MUCH better to me.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 12:36:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2011 1:00:50 PM PST
Donna Peden says:
If I get a wifi router,can the kindal fire be used any place.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2011 1:14:46 PM PST
J. Gatie says:
Donna Peden says:
"If I get a wifi router,can the kindal fire be used any place."

No WiFi has limited range, around 30 yards. You can use the Fire in range of your router, or at WiFi hotspots at libraries, airports, McDonalds, etc.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 3:25:42 PM PST
L. eby says:
When i turned on my Pandora it gave me a warning that i may be required to purchase a data plan... Is this correct?

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 3:27:28 PM PST
FranB says:
Only if you're using a cell phone or wireless hot spot to access the net.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 11:54:58 AM PST
so do you or do you not need a data plan for internet?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2012 12:29:18 PM PST
Kim Shown says:
Caitlin,

No, just wifi
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