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Subject: Nook Wi-Fi vs. Nook Wi-Fi/3G
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:15 PM ET
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I just got my Nook in the mail today and found out that you HAVE to have Wi-Fi to use it. I live out "in the sticks" the nearest Wi-Fi is about 25 miles away. I do have 3G coverage at my house. If I upgrade to the wi-fi/3G Nook, can I use it out here in the sticks?

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 10:08 PM ET
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If you have coverage with an AT&T cell phone, you would have coverage with the 3G. But you do not HAVE to have wi-fi to read on the Nook....Not sure why you think that?

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 10:40 PM ET
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I'm thinking I had to have Wi-Fi to register the Nook.  Does that sound right Colleen? I remember my hotel's WI-Fi had gone down for the day. I called B&N Customer Service and if I remember correctly, they said I had to have WI-Fi to let it register.  However, since then I leave the Wi-Fi off and only use it on a rare occasion. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 11:44 PM ET
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The main reson to have WiFi or 3G is to download books....Rest of the time its off to save battery.  When you got shopping can you pick it up at public places?  You can also load books thru USB & using ADE....they end up in your Documents folder. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 11:55 PM ET
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I don't really recall. I have the 3G model though....

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 5:47 AM ET
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I spent the extra money and got the both wifi and 3g-didn't want to depend on a wifi connection to download books..nothing must get in the way of downloading books..nothing.

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 6:46 AM ET
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If you have coverage with an AT&T cell phone, you would have coverage with the 3G.   I have Verizon, but I have a signal booster in the house, so I have a strong signal. I would assume AT&T cell phones would work here

 

 

But you do not HAVE to have wi-fi to read on the Nook....Not sure why you think that?   I can't download anything on it until I register it, and I cant register it without Wi-Fi.  You would think they would have another way to register it.

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 8:45 AM ET
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Find a WiFi Hotspot in your town & go there to reg it.  http://www.wi-fihotspotlist.com/ 

Buy a Wireless router.  Or return the Nook.  Only things I can think of you doing.  

Another thing to reg the Nook you need a Credit Card! 



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Date Posted: 2/1/2011 1:45 PM ET
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There are a lot of places with wireless hot spots. I think the best idea for you would be to return it and get the model with 3G on it.

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 5:09 PM ET
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Do you have a router?  I go the Wi-Fi version (the other was too expensive for my family to buy me).  I had no connections at first and then it picked up my Netgear router. 

Also, I believe you can still do things with the USB cable through your computer.  One of the more seasoned Nookers can tell you more.

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 6:18 PM ET
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Find a WiFi Hotspot in your town & go there to reg it.  http://www.wi-fihotspotlist.com/ 

 

That link found nothing in a 10 mile radius of my house or work....I told you, I live in the sticks. I use my cell service for internet access, So I dont think I could use a router. I called the nearest B&N store (75 miles away) and they said I should be able to use the 3G model and I can exchange it at the store, so it looks like I'm gonna be making a trip into town soon.

 

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 7:05 PM ET
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Hmmm...Don't all B&N's have wi-fi hotspots?  So when you make that trip to B&N, they should be able to help you register your wi-fi only nook--if you want to save the $50 difference in price.  Of course, if you want the 3g access at your house then the $50 is worth it.



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