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Can you go on the internet with the Kindle?

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Initial post: Jan 11, 2011, 3:15:53 PM PST
natasha says:
Can you go on the internet with the Kindle?

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:17:57 PM PST

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:22:03 PM PST
single mom says:
yes, if you have the wi-fi, 3G one. I was able to use mine a couple weeks ago to check on flights.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:24:23 PM PST
Bubba says:
You can also go onto the Internet with the wi-fi only Kindle; as long as you have a wi-fi connection.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:24:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2011, 3:26:34 PM PST
krystalspin says:
Sometimes it freezes, but yes. "Mobile" versions of sites work best. Amazon includes a page or two of bookmarks, plus you can go to and there are links to mobile sites for many e-mails and such. Then you bookmark the ones you use, too.

Get to the browser: Home/Menu/Experimental/Basic Browser. You can turn Javascript and images on or off (Menu/Settings from in the Browser), which can help specific sites load or look better.

ETA also no Flash or video, and popups probably won't work and may hang the device.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:24:50 PM PST
R. Grace says:
Yes, you definitely can. has links to Kindle-formatted websites. The browser is slow, and webpages are obviously in black and white, but it does at least do javascript.

You'll need to be near a wifi hotspot, if your Kindle is wifi-only. If your Kindle is 3G only, you need to have 3G access in your area. If your Kindle is 3G+Wifi, you can use it with either a hotspot, or anywhere with appropriate 3G access. Older US Kindles use the Sprint network for 3G. New ones use AT&T.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011, 3:24:56 PM PST
How do you do this? My ISP is sattellite, will that work?

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:25:00 PM PST
Melissa says:
But the browser is very slow, kinda like being on AOL in 1996.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011, 3:29:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2011, 3:29:31 PM PST
R. Grace says:
If you have satellite internet, you'll need a wifi router in your home (you might already have this, if you have multiple computers in your house). Or you need 3G coverage in your area; some people with no other internet are still able to use the 3G. If you already download your books via Whispernet, and not transfer to computer, you can go online in the same way.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011, 3:32:00 PM PST
krystalspin says:
@ Woodchuck,

For WiFi in your home, you need a wireless 11b/11g router. Or you can use public hotspots.

For 3G (or EDGE, it auto-selects), Kindle uses AT&T cellphone towers. The map is here:

Older US-only Kindles used Sprint towers, but I assume you are asking about a new Kindle.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:35:39 PM PST
Joanna says:
While you can, don't be expecting the kind of experience you would get on a computer or iPad. It is fairly basic

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:53:17 PM PST
Sailorman says:
there are some simple steps to speed up your internet experience. Use "basic mode" for one. Unless you need images etc. it will speed up the process. Select it from the menu.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011, 3:56:08 PM PST
krystalspin says:
I think I read that K3 doesn't have Basic Mode, just the ability to turn off JavaScript and images. So I didn't mention that. But I should have, clarifying it was just for K2 users.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011, 4:01:30 PM PST
R. Grace says:
You're right, there isn't any Basic Mode. Just the ability to turn off JS and images.
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