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Subject: QUESTION on Kindle make it simple 4 me pls lol
Date Posted: 2/11/2011 1:39 AM ET
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I am half thinking if I can of getting a Kindle.....I have dial up at home...no wi fi...but we do have wi fi hot spots in town and around....AT&T so if I got one...

 

1. could I register it at a hot spot

2.  can I read the books I buy when I am at a hot spot at home or do I always have to be ..at a hot spot....like even to read??????

 

Thanks

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 4:34 AM ET
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if you don't have WiFi at home, would the 3G work if you got that one?  (i think the map is the same as the AT&T cell phone map.)  if so, the WiFi+3G model might be worth thinking about rather than the WiFi only.  if not, then it's probably not worth the extra $50.

once you have a book on your Kindle you can read it at any time.  you do not have to be connected in any way to read.

registering it - if you buy it through your amazon.com account, it arrives already registered to that amazon account.  if that's not right (like if it was a gift), or if you bought it another way you can reregister it.  you can register it either when you're at a WiFi hotspot, or you can do it via your amazon.com account when you're online via dialup by entering the serial #.

you didn't ask this, but since it seems to fit in with the other questions..  when you buy a Kindle book, you can do it when you have WiFi access somewhere, or you can buy online and choose to download to your computer and transfer it to your Kindle with the USB cable.  [assuming your dialup is up to that.]

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 6:03 AM ET
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OK, first, it does not depend on your own phone service. You don't sign up for any service.. It has its own 3G connection that you don't even know is there-just like a cell phone. As far as Wifi, you would have to have a valid Wifi and you connect it much like any other device-it finds the wifi, and you put in the password if necessary, and off you go.. It does default to WiFi, if it cannot find a WiFi connection, then it goes to 3G. In that regard, I didnt want to depend on having a WiFi connection to download books, so I spent the extra 50.00 and got the 3G/WiFi version. I can download on the bus going to work if I want to.

The ONLY time I have the wireless mode on is if Im downloading books from Amazon. It uses the battery up faster, and it is not necessary to read with. Usually I get the book, then about every couple days turn it on and download whatever books I have waiting. I always leave it on (it goes into sleep mode automatically) and I only have to charge it about once a month.

If you have no WiFi at home, and only dial up, then I would spend the money for the 3g version. It would be a hassle to have to go out every time to get a book and I imagine the dialup is really slow downloading files.



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Date Posted: 2/11/2011 7:59 AM ET
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I see the extra charge for the 3G device as being the cost of wireless over the lifetime of the device. So an extra $50 for free wireless for probably 3 years, 4 years. I rarely use the internet connection on my Kindle but I do use it sometimes, from my cozy bed, to check my email or the weather or news, or to, um, well, buy another book at 2:00 a.m. on a snowy night. (the dreaded One-Click syndrome.) 

I agree with Kathy. If you don't have WiFi at home (I don't) it will probably be well worth the extra to go with the 3G/WiFi version. Then you just don't have to think about it. 

Once a book is on your Kindle, it's on there. You don't have to be connected to anything or near anything. I've read books in the middle of a corn field or while a passenger in a car driving down I-80. Lines at the bank. Exam rooms in the doctor's office. While having a medical procedure. Anywhere. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 8:41 AM ET
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1st option 3g if you do not have wireless.  I think you purchased less than 30 days ago, so I think you can return for a upgrade.  If is not  in your budget or you do not to spend the extra money, then...

yes you can use a hotspot to purchase and download books.  Once downloaded, you can read them anywhere. 

You  purchase the books from your computer and when at the hotspot sync the books to your device.  I do this often and I have wifi/3g device.  Only when I am in bed or away will I use the device to download.  I find it easier to browse the books and navigate through amazon and other sites using my computer.

 

 

 

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 11:31 AM ET
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While having a medical procedure.

My curiosity has gotten the better of me. Exactly what kind of medical procedure can you have and read at the same time?

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 11:53 AM ET
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hehehehehe Maryilyn you are as crazy as I am!!!  I listen to a book on my MP3 while waiting to be knocked out for D&C!!!   Nurse actually had to take it off my head as I was going into the Operation Room!!! 

Date Posted: 2/12/2011 12:14 AM ET
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Wow thank you for all the replies.....I doubt I can do the 3g....and my area when i looked at the map didnt show me in dark purple......and I will be lucky to just get a kindle....It iis right now just a dream........Yes my dial up is very slow I do not even run at 56k......but it is a laptop and I do big dl's in town

 

So couldn't I just take  my kindle to a wifi hot spot and buy the books right on the kindle?????  and NOT tranfer from PC to kindle???    I do not plan to buy but mayyyyyyyyyyybe 3 books a month max

 

Today I took my laptop to town  to dl the kindle for pc and a book free one just to see how it goes....anyhow the dl for kindle for pc's would have taken me 15 plus hrs at home...it was just minutes at mcd's

 

 

Date Posted: 2/12/2011 5:09 AM ET
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So couldn't I just take my kindle to a wifi hot spot and buy the books right on the kindle?

you absolutely can take your Kindle to a wifi hot spot and do your shopping from there, if that's what would work the best for you.

i think we were just trying to offer other suggestions to see if there was a way you could avoid having to go to town, but it doesn't sound like any of the ideas will work in your case.

also, you can do your shopping at home on the website, and tell amazon to deliver it to your Kindle.  the next time you connect your Kindle to WiFi, it will download all the stuff it's been waiting to deliver.  [just don't stack up *too* much stuff to have sent at once if you won't be connected for long.  there are quite a few free Kindle books available from amazon, some only free for a limited time.]  again, that's entirely optional - you can just do it only on the Kindle when you're connected to WiFi if you want.

as someone mentioned, it's a good idea to just leave the wireless turned off if you aren't actively using it so you don't have to charge it as often.

Date Posted: 2/12/2011 10:51 AM ET
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Oh, all kinds of medical procedures, anything where they don't knock you out/make you goofy or need your attention. Biopsies, checking for blood clots in the legs, having a fracture set, a friend of mine read her Sony ereader with one hand while having a carpal tunnel release done on the other - she just looked away and kept the ereader at arm's length, having splints or orthotics made where you have to sit or lie in one place without moving for a long time, having a burn or infected wound debrided, having excess fluid removed from your chest or abdomen  -- lots of things. 

Date Posted: 2/12/2011 7:32 PM ET
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As Ellen said, you can definitely bring your kindle to a hot spot and download.  For me, I can see and navigate better on the laptop then I can on my kindle.  I just buy from my laptop, especially when I am work and I see a free book. Then when I get home, I turn on the wifi, my kindle will sync. 

Just options.

Date Posted: 2/13/2011 1:44 AM ET
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Wow thank you also for the idea of shopping at home on my laptop and then having it sent to my ...someday ...kindle when I am in town...It would not be hard for me to just do it in town as I do not like to be home much I am pretty active so I am often out..............THANKS !!!