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Can you use a Kindle Without WiFi Access?

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Initial post: Sep 17, 2012 8:04:20 AM PDT
My only access to the Internet is through the broadband connection that comes through my telephone line. I now download Kindle books to my desktop computer that way. Is there a way to use the setup I have available and read books on a Kindle?

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 8:06:59 AM PDT
Cyndie says:
You will need a wireless connection to at least register it. If you don't have a wireless router, then you can use a wireless hotspot such as at McDonald's or your public library. After that you can choose the option to download to your computer then connect the Kindle and transfer them to the Documents folder.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2012 8:08:13 AM PDT
Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2012 8:09:28 AM PDT
The Fires are not a good choice for someone with no WiFi.

If you have broadband, you could add a wireless router to create your own WiFi signal.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 8:09:55 AM PDT
My ISP gave me a Wireless Internet Access Point. If you have broadband on your phone line getting wireless so your Kindle--whichever one you have--will connect directly.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2012 8:10:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 17, 2012 8:34:04 AM PDT
If you order a Kindle from Amazon and don't mark it as a gift, it should come already registered to your account so you won't even have to go to a hot-spot for that part.

ETA: I stand corrected. It will be registered but you'll still need to connect to wi-fi at least once.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2012 8:10:05 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You can get a wireless router pretty cheap to add to your broadband connection if you are talking about DSL internet.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2012 8:11:15 AM PDT
You still have to connect to WiFi at least once.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2012 8:11:18 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Usually you have to connect at least once to get everything to work on the Kindle.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 8:28:27 AM PDT
I seldom use wi-fi and could easily get along without it completely with my e-ink Kindles. I got my first Kindle before the wi-fi models were released and got used to downloading to my pc and transfering by usb. It's still my preference.

As Meya says, the Fire isn't a very good choice without wi-fi access but, for ebooks, downloading to a pc and transfering by usb works fine, particularly if you use a program such as Calibre to manage your ebook library.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 2:46:30 AM PST
spotteddog says:
Hi can anyone tell me if the cheaper Kindle E link £69.99 can be used for internet, e mail, facebook etc & Google? I believe that this one has no backlight & is easier on the eyes, I'm 75 & want something light to read in bed due to Arthritus, I usually buy books from charity shops & if large novels have to cut them into 3 bits to be able to hold them. Thanks Joan

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 3:04:52 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
Joan, the e-ink Kindles are not good for doing anything but reading. They are not meant for web browsing, and are very primitive as far as email. The newest ones, I believe, do not even allow browsing/email beyond a few designated sites. If you want to do more than read on a regular basis, the e-ink Kindles would not really work for you beyond minimal.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 3:05:58 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
it can, but it's very, very slow and clunky

you're better off doing that on a PC and buying the cheap kindle for reading purposes only

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 3:56:58 AM PST
spotteddog says:
Hi Bah Humcat, Thank you for telling me, I have a Laptop, but when in bed I like to see if any new e mails or FB messages, I have a Mobile but the keys are so small its murder to even send a text if thumbnails break, perhaps a tablet would be better for my wants?
Thanks again

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 4:09:28 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
you could always put a free Kindle reading app on any tablet and read that way

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 4:49:58 AM PST
spotteddog says:
Thank you CB it seems the best solution (a tablet) I have Wireless Broadband so thats not a problem, thank you for your quick response.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 5:32:39 PM PST
I have a usb connection for my laptop internet connection. No DSL out here and I sure gave up the dial up. Do not have wi fi. I like to read in bed. I wanted a read only kindle. I was told that I could get my books on my computer and download them to thumb drive and THEN download them to kindle. Wow, is it just easier to buy a book and can I see the kindle in bed with a reading light?

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 2:57:30 PM PST
R Spear says:
can i connect to the internet using my smart phone?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2013 2:59:54 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 3:46:10 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 26, 2013 4:03:13 PM PST
You don't have to copy the books to a thumb drive first. Just download to your pc, then copy to the documents folder of your Kindle while attached via USB.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2013 6:01:10 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
It means possibly. It depends on the smart phone and the service provider. I have an LG smart phone on Virgin mobile and I can make a hot spot as needed. My brother is on Verizon and he can't without paying more money. Also not all smart phones have this capability. So possibly is as good of an answer with the amount of information that was given. If you want better answers provide more information.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 6:18:54 PM PST
Retta says:
I think the problem is that there are multiple questions being asked, so it's hard to tell which question is being answered by whom. Best to start a new discussion for new questions, IMHO.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2013 7:36:46 PM PST
Constance, jeff was not talking to you. If you click on the blue hyperlink "in reply to an earlier post", you see that Jeff wasn't replying to your post from a month ago, he was replying to r reaps' post from a few minutes earlier. Susan has responded to your problem, if you are interested.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 8:10:00 PM PST
HOW DO I FIND MY WIRELESS connection. i use my computer to download books, but now nothing downloads after updating my kindle. what do i do?
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