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Menu "wireless on/off" gone

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Initial post: Jul 2, 2012, 2:18:07 PM PDT
SunnySided says:
I have the reg. Kindle and since the last update the Menu items have changed. The line "Wireless On" is no longer available and now must move through several screens to get to turning wirelss off. It was replaced with "Shop in Kindle Store" whch is okay to turn feature on but a pain to turn off. Do not like this at all and cumbersone since we have the 5 point controller to use.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012, 2:20:23 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 2, 2012, 2:21:04 PM PDT
MrsDBo419 says:
My daughter noticed this also, she has to turn it on "Airplane Mode" to turn the wireless on and off. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 3:01:14 AM PDT
This is very annoying, the battery is awful with wifi always on!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012, 3:06:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2012, 3:06:32 AM PDT
I'm leaving mine on to see how "awful" it is. It's only been a couple of days but so far I haven't found anything awful.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 1:12:55 PM PDT
The person I bought the kindle for has had to recharge twice since the feature was removed and left wireless on.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012, 1:16:10 PM PDT
Don't leave it on. From the Home page, press the Menu key, choose settings and turn Airplane mode ON. That turns wi-fi OFF. When wi-fi is needed, turn Airplane mode OFF. When it's not needed, turn Airplane mode ON. It is just the same as before, just a few more clicks to get there.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 1:22:29 PM PDT
Yeah I've seen that the only way to do it is to use Airplane mode (what the hell is an Airplane? We only have Aeroplanes in this country).

and it's very confusing for my elderly mother, she barely managed to figure out how to disable wireless after syncing books from the kindle 'store', now she can't figure out what she's meant to do, turn on something to turn off internet?

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 1:58:24 PM PDT
Calico says:
Noticed that the menu option had disappeared for turn wireless on/off - phoned kindle support and they told me to use 'airplane' mode in settings. Why would they change this? It was easy and intuitive before. I have found that battery use is greater with wireless turned on and usually have it off. The maxim 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' obviously doesn't apply to kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 2:12:08 PM PDT
Calico, it is really the same thing but just bringing the terminology of this function up to date.

Smart phones use the Airplane Mode and it is well known throughout the industry and especially to flight attendants. Thus helping us get around the handful that still insist you actually turn your Kindle off.

Airplane mode ON = Wireless OFF

Airplane mode OFF = Wireless ON

It will soon become second nature to those used to the old terminology.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 3:30:40 PM PDT
when my kindle updated, a letter from amazon explaining this appeared on my home page.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 3:50:55 PM PDT
I'll be leaving my wireless on. For me and my two Kindles the difference is negligible. One Kindle I charged and let sit and the other I read everyday. Doesn't bother me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 4:03:28 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Same here. I don't notice a difference in usage.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 4:26:05 PM PDT
I probably wouldn't either simply because about once a fortnight the Kindle is put on the charger overnight but it is recommended to turn wireless off to save battery usage. It only takes a second or two!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 4:55:04 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
The term "Airplane Mode" is so old it will soon be out of date. Airlines are stating to allow wireless to be on, since the new devices do not interfere with the functions of the airplane. Many airlines are outfitting their planes with on-board wireless, as well.

It was always a silly, counter-intuitive term, and soon it will be a meaningless term. Whoever made this change to the Kindle Basic is a D-list programmer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 5:00:03 PM PDT

It has been done and it is not hard to understand and for now it has relevance.

Most airlines still have to insist upon this rule.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 5:01:18 PM PDT
JimmyTheD says:

Interesting opinion...

Posted on Jul 19, 2012, 1:58:29 AM PDT
JD Goff says:
Annoying. One of the things I like about the Kindle is how intuitive the interface is. Now I have to make an effort to do something that was simple before.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012, 2:00:23 AM PDT
...and still is!

Posted on Jul 19, 2012, 2:02:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 19, 2012, 2:03:39 AM PDT
JD Goff says:
Menu, down button once, hit center button, done.

Now: Menu, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, airplane mode and then done. It's small, but annoying. They should at least put it in the same place.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012, 2:18:39 AM PDT
Jonathan, yes it would be better on the first page in Settings but for the amount of times one uses it what is another 5 or 6 seconds?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012, 10:41:12 AM PDT
Craig says:
Hi Dorsie,

This is probably a change that is coming to other devices as well, with the Kindle Basic receiving it first, and others following when they get their updates. Other Kindles can have more than wifi, so this will be inclusive of 3G.

Which airlines are allowing wireless to be on? I've been on 2 US airlines and 8 different airlines in Europe and the Middle East in the past 6 months, and every flight flight crew instructed every passenger to turn off everything wireless for take-off and landing. On planes that are equipped with wifi, that is allowed during the cruise portion of the flight, but cellular and bluetooth, which are also wireless, are not permitted at any time when the door is closed.

I think the term airplane mode is here to stay, at least for the forseeable future, as it is simple for the general population - from the very young to the elderly. If you want to use a device during flight, it's safe to do so when the little plane icon is on the screen.

I agree that the change to the way you toggle wifi could be made easier, but insulting the programmer who implemented it based on the instructions he/she was given by someone else (marketing, market research, project managers) is not the way to get it fixed. Feedback to Amazon letting them know the changes you like, as well as the changes you don't like, will probably get you the attention that you're looking for.
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