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Initial post: Oct 1, 2012 11:53:11 AM PDT
Do the new kindles not have whispernet??

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 11:56:33 AM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
Whispernet is/was Amazon's cutesy name for connecting with Amazon's servers.

Kindles still have whispernet...some can connect over the 3G (cell phone) network only, some can connect over wi-fi only, and some can connect over wi-fi and/or 3G/4G.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 11:57:14 AM PDT
Whispernet just refers to the ability to connect to Amazon, whether through wi-fi or 3G. All the new Kindles have at least wi-fi, and some you can buy with 3G or 4G.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 11:58:05 AM PDT
Every Kindle has whispernet. It's the network (for lack of a better word) that Amazon uses to download books to Kindles. Whispernet can be accessed via 3G (cell phone technology) or WiFi.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 6:00:54 PM PST
lendia says:
I'm so confused by this issue. Many people say whispernet = 3G, which means if your kindle doesn't have the 3G feature, you will not be able to download things via whispernet. Also, it seems like you will be charged if you download personal document via whispernet. If whispernet is just a general term for network, does it mean even if I download personal documents via wifi, I'll still be charged? This doesn't make any sense...

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 2:23:33 AM PST
How do u connect to whispernet?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2013 11:20:46 AM PDT
That's what I'm trying to figure out. Tom

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 2:28:48 PM PDT
PS56k says:
A lot of correct info up above - and a few wrong "impressions".

"Whispernet" is NOT any physical network, it IS the Amazon/Kindle virtual SYNC and related DOWNLOAD capability. The physical connection REQUIRED is either via local Wifi, or with some Kindle models, the built-in cellular (3G/4G) connection.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 5:06:49 PM PDT
My 2 Cents says:
I think most of us understand the "whispernet" is not a physical network. What we want to know is this - when Kindles first came out, books could be downloaded anytime, anywhere. It was even part of the ad campaign. Amazon called it "whispernet" but technical info claimed that Amazon had an agreement with cell carriers worldwide, enabling Kindle users to simply "connect" to Amazon to purchase new or download existing books without setting anything up. To quote Apple - "It just worked". That was then and it was GREAT.
Now, after using my iPad for everything and loving it, I find when I am writing I often want a reference book open also. Rather than use split screen or switch back and forth, I am considering buying another Kindle. Looking at the models, I find "whispernet" no longer referenced and 4G, 3G or WiFi instead. Bummer. I don't want to search for wi-fi when I want a particular book (like on a train in the original Kindle ad). That was the beauty of whispernet.
So - the simple answer appears to be - Amazon has done away with this particular convenience and buyers are now forced to pay extra for 3G/4G or loose one of the primary conveniences of owning Kindle in the first place. No doubt Amazon's PR department would word this differently or slip in a few adjectives to make it NOT sound like they downgraded the Kindle experience but that appears to be exactly what happened.
If I lived a completely predictable life, I'd just carry the one paperback I am reading and wouldn't need a kindle. Marketing should realize people hate being nickeled and dimed and too many models of a product is not a good thing. Most of us would rather pay a few extra bucks flat than have to worry about worrying about which model is best. There should be 2 models 1) an e-Reader version - with highest quality screen (should we really be told to pay more for clarity?) 2) iPad competition version (call it what you like but that's what it is) for those who want that. Kindle should go back to doing one thing WELL. Amazon is about books. Be the best e-Book reader on the planet instead of trying to compete with Nook and iPad.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 10:42:12 PM PDT
D. Roberts says:
What if you do not have access to WiFi?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2013 10:53:57 PM PDT
Loz says:
You can still download and load to your kindle via usb.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 10:59:05 PM PDT
PS56k says:
@ My 2 Cents says: I think most of us understand the "whispernet" is not a physical network.
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really - then why do you go on for 1/2 page writing about it "missing" ?
1 - it was not worldwide until they moved from Sprint to ATT - and the Kindle International version
2 - and why would there be a "quote from Apple" ?
3 --->
Looking at the models, I find "whispernet" no longer referenced and 4G, 3G or WiFi instead. Bummer. I don't want to search for wi-fi when I want a particular book (like on a train in the original Kindle ad). That was the beauty of whispernet.

Back to understanding #1 - rinse, repeat, re-read

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2013 11:32:16 PM PDT
>>So - the simple answer appears to be - Amazon has done away with this particular convenience and buyers are now forced to pay extra for 3G/4G or loose one of the primary conveniences of owning Kindle in the first place.<<

No, you're looking at it back-to-front. The price of kindles has dropped more or less continuously since their inception. When Amazon brought out a wifi only version, the price of THAT kindle was even cheaper than the price of the 3G version. When I bought my Kindle Keyboard (April 2011), the wifi only version was pretty new. Its introduction brought the price of a KK wifi+3G down below the $200 mark and the wifi only was $139.

You can still have the 3G (or 4G, in some cases) - or you can pay LESS and just have wifi connection.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 11:58:26 AM PDT
Righty-ho. Just bought a Paperwhite - not impressed. It was purchased to replace a Kindle Keyboard (3rd gen) which I managed to mix up with the recycling (sigh). Got the Paperwhite set up and lo and behold - gone was my friendly free "download anywhere" (no matter if there was 3g/wi-fi) service!

I live in the UK and the Kindle Keyboard was purchased from the States. I want to go to ebay and see if I can replace the Paperwhite with another Kindle Keyboard but don't want to pay huge postage costs to end up with a device which no longer supports free "download anywhere" (and internet surfing) capabilities of my earlier Kindle.

Does this make sense? Any advice?

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 12:06:11 PM PDT
"(no matter if there was 3g/wi-fi) " does not make any sense. You have to have one or the other. 3G is the cellular network.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 12:17:50 PM PDT
You bought the wrong PaperWhite. There is a model that has the 3G option in addition to the wi-fi. It costs $60 more that the wi-fi only.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 12:18:17 PM PDT
Mike says:
My 2 Cents: you're so confused.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 12:24:34 PM PDT
"Does this make sense?"

Not in the slightest.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 12:27:48 PM PDT
J. Donahue says:
Reading this thread made my head hurt. So much wrong information and really REALLY bad assumptions.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 12:28:42 PM PDT
New Girl says:
Wow there are a lot of people who are not listening to the explanations being given. Forget about the term whispernet it is not important.

1. The original Kindle and Kindle 2 were both 3G only. That was how the books got downloaded to the device. Amazon pays for the cellular service.

2. The kindle keyboard was released with two options, Wifi only or Wifi/3G. The Wifi/3G option was more expensive because Amazon is paying for the cellular service.

3. The basic ($69) Kindle is Wifi only. The Kindle Keyboard is still sold in the Wifi/3G version. The paperwhite is available with Wifi only or Wifi/3G. The Wifi/3G versions are more expensive because Amazon is paying for the cellular service.

4. The Kindle Fire is Wifi only. There is one Kindle Fire HD 8.9 that is available with 4G that you must pay for.

If you have a Wifi/3G version you can download anywhere there is cellular (AT&T) service in the US. I do not know what the international options are. Amazon has always charged a fee to send personal documents via 3G. If your documents are downloaded via WiFi or USB there is no charge. All models released after the Kindle Keyboard that have 3G have limited the 3G access to shopping and downloading books from Amazon and to Wikipedia. All other internet access is only available on Wifi.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 12:31:41 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
The days of free surfing (slogging, really) over 3G are gone. Why should Amazon, and Amazon's other customers, pay for your internet habit?

If you want to surf on your Kindle (Why? In the name of all the goodness that is chocolate, why??), you'll have to find wi-fi, or provide your own wi-fi signal.

For downloading content, buy a 3G Kindle. Hint: They're more expensive.

Posted on May 18, 2013 9:30:43 AM PDT
Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB

Wow! Why are all of you so upset about this? I have one of the first released Kindle Fire's as well as an iPad. It's the same principle; you have to have some kind of connection in order for it to work (IE WiFi or 3,4G). Most people that I know do have Wi-Fi in their home now so what's the big deal? If you like to go to Starbucks and look cool reading your device, again, it's the same thing; they have free Wi-Fi, as do most places trendy people like to hang out. I am NOT a trendy person, I don't go to Starbucks to drink coffee and do work or read books. I use mine at home using my existing Wi-Fi connection and it works great; when I buy a book, it's downloaded and on my Kindle before I even go to the Kindle to open it if I buy the book from my computer, via browser. I think too many of you are making this WAY too complicated. Download your books and move on already!
HedzRed

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 12:09:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2013 12:11:12 PM PDT
Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers

To clarify this issue for some of us who have older Kindles (mine is a 2nd Generation), let me see if I can ask this question a different way:

Currently, my 2nd generation Kindle communicates with Amazon via Wi-Fi and 3G. (Who the ISP and/or the carrier is, I don't know, nor, do I care.) So, the question is: will I be able to communicate with Amazon via Wi-Fi and 3G with just the Dual Band Wi-Fi model (not including the 4G LTE)?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 12:11:43 PM PDT
If you are not using 4G, then it will use wifi. You need to be near a wifi router - one in your home or a public one that you can access.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 12:16:32 PM PDT
Peachy Pat, are you saying that if I'm not near a wi-fi source (router or hotspot) I won't be able to download books?
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