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Initial post: Nov 14, 2011, 3:50:44 PM PST
Craig says:
I hope the next generation of Kindle Fire will offer 3 or 4 g for downloading bookds. The wireless aspect is wonderful; but continued access to the 3 or 4 g network allows downloading in places where wireless is not available. It also allows for greater privacy when making book purchases away from a secure wireless network. I will also be looking forward to a larger screen offering... Lol, getting into my 60's has taken a little toll on my eyesight.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011, 3:52:42 PM PST
Jay says:
Do you also hope to pay $600.00 for it, and hope to have to buy a $60.00 per month phone service contract as well?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011, 3:54:22 PM PST
Artist says:
I'm hoping for the same things, but I am aware that the data plan is going to be costly. Fortunately, I don't have an expensive data plan on my phone, so having it on a tablet will not be an extra feature that I'm already paying for on another device.

There will probably NEVER be free 3g/4g on a Kindle Fire device.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011, 4:29:51 PM PST
I'm waiting for the 3G/4G version to come out. WiFi doesn't do anything for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011, 4:30:58 PM PST
Artist says:
As long as you know you're going to have to purchase a monthly data plan, come sit on this comfy sofa with the rest of us who are waiting for 3/4G.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011, 7:15:10 PM PST
Craig says:
For a quick download of a book one would not have to pay much, i curently have a samsung touch pad and a kindle, would be nice to combine the two. I do have a kindle app on my touch pad...and yes I would pay 25 to 40 dollars a month to have additional access options.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011, 7:24:48 PM PST
Artist says:
I'd rather download books via wi-fi at home for free. I don't think I've ever had a book emergency that couldn't wait until I was in a wi-fi hotspot. LOL! The reason I want 3/4G is to use the internet while I'm out and about. I don't have a fancy phone with internet connection.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011, 6:10:26 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011, 6:20:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2011, 6:22:16 PM PST
Tinker-bella says:
Because the Fire is designed primarily as a media consumption device and Amazon is not going to pay for the high bandwidth cost so owners can stream movies and cruise the internet.

The Kindle eInk readers, on the other hand, have a primitive experimental browsers and are designed primarily for reading books which are very small files to download from Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011, 6:20:44 PM PST
musicmomma says:
Amazon will not absorb the cost of a 3/4g network for a Kindle Fire. It takes a lot more bandwith to stream a movie than download a book. Plus the Kindle Fire would cost a lot more with the 3/4G network.

If it was so cheap to supply the 3/4G service, why does Apple charge separately for the service. They sell other products also. They should be able to absorb the cost. Yeah right!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011, 8:43:12 AM PST
I'd be plenty satisfied if I could use 3g or 4g JUST to download books, magazines & newspapers - as I do now with my first-generation Kindle. It would be fine to rely on Wi-Fi for Movies & music. Internet? Not sure. The first-generation Kindle has access to the web but it's rather clunky; but my smart phone can access the internet if necessary, and my laptop can get it if I go to a coffee shop or library.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011, 9:23:38 AM PST
Craig says:
Well, Glen, I agree.... I will say my touch pad is fairly agile, and I would assume the fire will be as well. Hopefully it will have a USB port, useful... my touch pad doesn't....

Posted on Nov 21, 2011, 9:26:52 AM PST
Craig says:
As for the download of books using 3 or 4 G.... it would be when traveling, maybe even in a car... yes I know one should plan better, but why should I have to? This is an item for ease of use and immediate response.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011, 9:29:08 AM PST
"yes I know one should plan better, but why should I have to? This is an item for ease of use and immediate response."

Because Amazon doesn't want to pay for everyone's 3G usage. Just because they offered it in the past doesn't mean they have to in the future, especially on a tablet type device. And with the popularity of e-readers these days, the 3G is becoming too expensive for Amazon to cover.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 7:52:15 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 8:17:36 PM PDT
"why can't I access my phone with it"

What on earth are you trying to say?
(oh BTW, this thread has been dead for over 6 months. Why did you revive it?)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 8:48:18 PM PDT
AC Sue says:
If I understand what you're asking, I think it might work if your phone can be set up to function as a wifi hotspot. Most, if not all, carriers charge extra for that though, over and above the phone's data plan.

In any case, the browser on the Kindle is so primitive that I don't think you'd see much difference between 3G and 4G. The browser on most phones is way better than the Kindle browser.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 8:51:43 PM PDT
You must need a life if the is a dead link. I am asking Why I can''t use my wifi to access my books or the internet from my phone or laptop?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 8:55:05 PM PDT
I have a 4g phone and my kindle is slow but useable if nothing else is available I onle use it if size is a problem. But then again size int an issue. 8>

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 9:37:17 PM PDT
You're still not making sense. Why can't you use WHAT wifi?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 10:36:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2012, 10:37:50 PM PDT
You can use your smartphone for a wi-fi hotspot if your phone is so enabled. It will probably cost you more per month to do that. But a clunky browser is a clunky browser and it will never be fast. You can already download your books via 3G - takes the same amount of time as downloading via wi-fi on mine.

As for the laptop part, I have no clue what you're talking about. Is your laptop a self-contained unit that also serves as its own wi-fi router?

And if you already have the smartphone and laptop with you why don't you just use them to surf the web?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2014, 1:50:44 PM PST
Bookaholic says:
Oh, I wish I could say the same! I completely agree with others who have expressed a desire for a 3 or 4G Kindle Fire! With this, I would see the KF as close to perfection as a device like this is going to get. I can't TELL you how many times I have downloaded books on my original Kindle ereader using 3G. 'Tis a thing of beauty to be riding along on a road trip, finish one book, and have the ability to browse the "book store" and download another book immediately and begin reading. It is truly what sold me on the Kindle in the first place and why I recommended it to so many others. What I DON'T understand is why 3/4G is available for FREE on the original Kindles but not on subsequent 'new & improved' models? Wi-Fi is better than nothing, but comes with its own pitfalls and annoyances.

I'd also like to know why many of the posts that express a desire for 3/4G KF's are 'hidden' as not contributing to the discussion?? I was of the understanding that "Kindle and 4G" WAS the discussion! Makes no sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2014, 1:55:33 PM PST
There is a 4G Kindle Fire.

Of course, with 4G on a tablet you have to pay for a data plan.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2014, 1:58:31 PM PST
Bookaholic says:
I couldn't agree more! I was given a Samsung Tablet for Christmas, but am returning it because it basically just serves as a giant coaster at my bedside. I find the Kindle Fire HDX much more useful (reading and checking email on a larger screen is primary use), more portable, and not as invasive as the Google-based Samsung (MUST create a new Google email account to use -- REALLY?). That said, I really miss the 3/4G capability of my original Kindle ereader. As I said elsewhere, downloading a book while riding on a long road trip without a wireless connection in sight for MILES, is truly a thing of beauty!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2014, 2:00:36 PM PST
"What I DON'T understand is why 3/4G is available for FREE on the original Kindles but not on subsequent 'new & improved' models"

It isn't free on the old Kindles. It's just free TO YOU. Amazon pays the carrier for it. They do that because books are tiny files, so it costs them a very small amount to pick up the tab. It's also why 3G is limited to Amazon, wiki and the translation service.

The Fire is an entirely different product. There is no way Amazon is going to pay for 4G service for people to surf for hours, play on-line games, watch movies, etc. They make money from the books they sell. They would make nothing by paying for all the other things people do on-line. That's why.
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