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Can the Paperwhite 3G browse the web using its 3G connection?

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Initial post: Sep 7, 2012 5:08:05 AM PDT
Echo says:
I've had a Kindle Keyboard (called 3rd generation when I bought it but I think it's the same thing) since shortly after release, and this is a major factor in whether I will decide to upgrade. I know that the Keyboard lets you use its 3G connection to browse wherever you want, but I remember hearing that the Touch limited you to only a few sites when you were browsing from 3G. Is this still the case with the Paperwhite?

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 5:10:41 AM PDT
Bixillarla says:
The Paperwhite will be limited just like the Touch was. You will be able to download ebooks and acess wikipedia over 3G. There is no mention on the product page at all about accessing anything else at all.

The reason they limited the touch was people were abusing the 3G and the data charges where too much so they decided to put a end to the web browsing of any site.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 5:16:35 AM PDT
Echo says:
Ah, that's a shame. I guess I'll just go for the cheaper wifi model then if I do decide to upgrade.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 9:05:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 9:05:37 AM PDT
Joe Hutsko says:
Considering the following description from the product page, I'm wondering if perhaps they're allowing you to jump to Google searches from inside a book you're reading to open the browser (in addition to Wiki, as stated), but not open the browser directly to open web pages:

"Search Wikipedia and the Web
Kindle makes it easy for you to search. Enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search. Kindle Paperwhite 3G features an experimental WebKit-based browser to provide a better experience on your e-reader."

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 10:30:39 AM PDT
Louis Hemmi says:
Can the Paperwhite 3G browse the web using its WiFi connection, or is it harcoded only for Amazon and Wikipedia websites?

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 7:25:14 PM PDT
M. Taylor says:
See this review from PC magazine. It indicates the Paperwhite will do general web browsing but returns a simplified display. The article recommends using mobile sites for browsing:,2817,2409371,00.asp

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 7:56:57 PM PDT
AC Sue says:
I wish they could have just capped the internet usage instead of eliminating it. I'm pretty sure most of us just use it for email or light browsing in a pinch. For me, it's when I'm out of Sprint coverage areas -- foreign places like Europe or Montana ;)

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 8:07:22 PM PDT
patty1955 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 8:14:45 PM PDT
Yes, but you can only surf the web using wi-fi, not 3G. From the product description page:

Kindle Paperwhite 3G's experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It's easy to find the information you're looking for right from your Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Kindle Paperwhite 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store and access Wikipedia - all over 3G or Wi-Fi. Experimental web browsing on other websites is only available over Wi-Fi.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 11:06:16 AM PDT
Louis Hemmi says:
Thanks -- that's exactly what I was looking for :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 11:11:21 AM PDT
You're welcome.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 12:52:32 PM PDT
Wow, I actually was just considering getting this to access gmail and social networking when we visit the Caribbean. I was excited about this since its such a hassle to fin a wifi hotspot and even then they're all clogged up. Now I have to decide whether the older model that can access the web over 3G or the new one that has a backlight is best for me. Decisions!

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 8:32:16 AM PDT
Ok, I've seen in the past that Amazon listens to their customers. So here it is:

Amazon please allow for browsing on the 3G paperwhite, so I can buy it. If you want to limit how much one can browse that's fine. But offering global 3G then not allowing one to use that 3G for what they need is horrible. I need to be able to check facebook, google plus, gmail and perhaps a few web sites when I visit the caribbean on vacation. I go up to 3x a year. I'm not looking to break Amazon's 3G bank here, I don't plan to use it excessively. But my iPhone 5 is on ATT and I always turn it off for travel due to high prices on the data when out of the country. Same with my iPad. I need to be able to use the paperwhite's data to check and send email, check social sites and maybe browse the web. I'm happy if you allow that and I don't care if you limit browsing data to 50mb like you have done (I've read) with the older ones. But after looking at everything, I can't justify buying a paperwhite for just books. I have a fire, iphone5, ipad 1 and 3 and each of those has a kindle app. So for me the paperwhite will be for the pool, the beach and traveling on vacations.
Please Amazon, reconsider this and you will gain a lot of customers who need this when they travel. We are all willing to have a data cap, just let us use that 3G data when we most need it to check up on our cats, our homes, our children or whatever.
It's not too much to ask and it will improve your sales.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 8:37:39 AM PDT
Bixillarla says:
You want 3G access internationally to check facebook, google plus, gmail and web surf but you don't want to pay for it?

Why should Amazon foot the bill for you to do all those things that cost them money and get them nothing in return. This is the reason they changed the 3G policy in the first place. Too many people doing what you want to do.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 8:40:02 AM PDT
King Al says:

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 8:40:25 AM PDT
Craig says:
The same high cost of international data that you refuse to pay for is the same high cost of data that Amazon is not going to pay for. And the Kindle Paperwhite IS for books, the 3G is to support the purchase and reading of books, not free internet.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 8:55:30 AM PDT
Why in the world do you think Amazon should subsidize your checking up on your cats, homes, etc.? You want to do it - you pay for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 9:01:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2012 9:01:53 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
just connect to a wifi hot spot (usually hotels, cafes, Starbucks, McDonalads, coffee shops, etc have free wifi) and use that

I seriously doubt that amazon will ever release another kindle with free web browsing - even now they're limiting it to 50MB of data a month outside of your country of residence and that's not much

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 9:06:31 AM PDT
I own an iPhone 5, 2 iPads and all have 3 or 4G on them. I'm not talking about abusing the 3G service which is what they stopped it for, I'm talking about using it for a few minutes on a few days 2-3 times a year. It's advertised at GLOBAL 3G access, which presumes that it works globally.

Why buy a 3G kindle if you can't use the 3G at all?

They stopped the 3G browsing because people were using it constantly, not because people used it on occasion. I don't need it constantly. I need it to check email and social stuff when I'm out of the country on vacation for a few minutes, which would be well under the cap they impose on their older devices.

It's not a situation of getting something for nothing - you pay for that 3G built into the price of the kindle. It's a situation of buying a nice new paperwhite and using their 3G when I'm on vacation, or buying an older kindle keyboard which allows for browsing instead. Amazon will provide the 3G either way, it's just a matter of allowing us to use the data on a nicer device.

You're absolutely wrong in your accusation. It isn't the casual user that caused Amazon to change their policy. It was those who abuse it by using the 3G as their main source of data. I get 5 gigs on my iPhone 5 and another 5 on my iPad - it's about global access, specifically provided for in the description of the 3G devices Amazon sells. You should apologize for your accusation since you're dead wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 9:07:53 AM PDT
she's dead wrong. It's not the people who want to get on the web 3 x a year on vacation that caused the change. It's those who use the kindle's 3g as their main source of data.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 9:12:52 AM PDT
Then why do they offer GLOBAL 3g? If gobal data was an issue they wouldn't advertise it as such. Instead it would be in the US only. So you're wrong.
Let me explain it differently:
I can buy a kindle keyboard and do exactly what I want to do on the paperwhite, but on a lesser device. Either way Amazon will pay for the data. Actually I've paid for it built into the price of the device.
I'm looking for limited access, under the newly imposed data cap they've placed on their older devices. They're providing the data either way, so why not on the paperwhite?

Furthermore, the kindle 3G devices have always supported free internet. Only recently has it become capped. So you are dead wrong to say to say it's only to support book downloading. Why include an "experimental" browser? If you are going to comment negatively at least look up the facts first before doing so.
The descriptions of the older devices specifically say you can use the internet globally.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 9:16:45 AM PDT
King Al says:
No, she's probably partially correct. While the 3G tetherers were the reason Amazon removed the feature a few months ago, it was clear from the introduction of the Touch that Amazon would be phasing out free 3G, presumably due to the cost.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 9:17:04 AM PDT
Why? Because data is included with the device on a 3G kindle, that's why. Specifically GLOBAL data.
I'm only looking for the same data included with their other 3G devices, under 50mb/month. For me, that's only going to be used 2-3x/ year when I'm away on vacation.
It's the main reason many people buy the kindle 3G version. I'm not looking to use this for anything except light data on vacation, as far as data use goes. The same thing I would get if I purchased a kindle keyboard 3G. nothing more.
It's offered on their other 3G devices and there's no real reason they can't implement the same policy on this one.
Those who caused the changes are people whom have used data on the 3G constantly. I'm not in that groupl I have 10 gigs /month between my iPhone and iPad. I'm only concerned with accessing GLOBAL data when i'm away, doing the same thing I could do on the kindle keyboard 3G anyway.
My point is why force people to buy the older device when they're paying that data anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 9:18:18 AM PDT
King Al says:
It's experimental because Amazon can remove it at any time.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 9:18:48 AM PDT
here's the problem:
wifi is clogged to the point it's unusable both on the ship and in port, because every other cruiser with an internet enabled device tries to connect at once.
I'm happy with the cap, I only need very light access when I'm travelling. And I can get it with the kindle keyboard so I should be able to get it with the paperwhite. Why force customers to buy a lesser device?
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