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Subject: I am sooo close to getting a Kindle maybe 3g BUT help
Date Posted: 2/25/2011 11:22 PM ET
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I looked at their map and it sez I am not in the 3g area but in the  light purple area it had some initials like EDGE and  something with a  G....will the 3 G one work at my house as far as buying books or should I just get the regular Kindle and go to a Hotspot and dl the books????????

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 12:23 AM ET
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I live in an area where 3G can be spotty.   My iphone is 3G as well  and can be frustrating to use at home.   If you have wireless,  I think the Kindle will default to wireless.  Mine seems to anyway.   I asked my husband why he bought the Wireless 3G model and he said so that I could get books when I travel. 

If you have wireless at your home you will not need the 3G feature.  If you don't you still don't need it because hot spots would be wireless.  

Ok,  this is how I understand it,  I could be wrong.   Anyone,  please let me know if I am explaining it wrong.  My sis wants a Kindle and is worrying about the extra expense of 3G.   (She worries about every penny)  

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 12:40 AM ET
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Kathy M thank you..I am without wireless though I do have a cell phone ..I do not mind driving to a hotspot but if I can get it to work in my home say like a cell phone (which is 3g right?) then that would be my choice.  I read on the site at Amazon that the 3g does not cost (just a higher price to have the Kindle that can use it) but I am like your sis ..why pay 50 more (I can by ebooks with that 50) if I cannot use the 3G part...Like I said they have a map but I do not know what the light purple gig saying the other stuff suggests..if it means just slower thats OK....BUT why get 3G if you can't use it .....so I am so lost and am so close to getting a Kindle I just do not want to waste the 50 dollars IF I can't get it to work...so I am with your sister ;lol

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 2:33 AM ET
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You Dont need Wifi or 3G to download books!  Kindle comes with a USB cord...you download books direct to your computer Then connect the USB & Kindle to your computer & Transfer the books!  Easy!!  So save the extra money & buy some eBooks!  IF you buy the Kindle Direct from Amazon It comes Reg to you already!  To get any software updates you just need to visit your nearest Free Wifi Location for about 5-10 mins!     Sandy How much longer til you can get the Kindle? 



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Date Posted: 2/26/2011 10:00 AM ET
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This is the Amazon Kindle Discussion  http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/forum/ref=sv_kinh_7

If you ask there, I'm sure you will get some helpful answers.

I have a wifi only Kindle. But it looks like the light purple is still 3G coverage just slower speed than the dark purple.

 

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 7:39 PM ET
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I also believe there is a 30 day return policy - you can always purchase a 3g and if it doesn't work, then return it for wifi.

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 10:15 PM ET
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Hey ya Barb I could buy the regular Kindle right now.......squeels with glee..but I do NOT want to use my puter to dl cause I would have to take it to a hotspot....as I only have dial up where I live...way out in the sticks.....The 3 G would be cool for Dling at home..if  Pat is right and this is my thoughts on the map too....then I would still go faster at home and not have to go to town with the Kindle..which I can do and do not mind....but it sure would be cool to be able to do it at home....Then I go around on why not just buy real books I could buy many for the cost of the reader......right now I have about 158.00 on my Amazon account...and no thanks Robin I did not know you could return something like that.....

 

BTW I am not cheap its just indecisive lol

 

Thanks all

 

So why do you have an ereader..???????  Why not just  read books??? Minus travel I dunno anymore.....Am I nuts?

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 11:12 PM ET
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Sandy books Downloads take Less than 1 min!!  You do the 1 click on Amazon have them go to your PC then connect with the USB cable & sinc to kindle!  I downloaded th BIBLE over 1000 pages in all of 2 mins!  You Dont need to be online to connect & Sinc!   NOW heres a thought  Order the WiFi see how you like it......  & while your saving towards the 3G!  IF the WiFi dont work out You up grade to 3G!!   BTW 3G Only connects to the Amazon eBook Store!  And only kicks in when Kindle cant find a WiFi signal. 

 

I didnt even know about eReaders til Christmas 2009  LOL  Another member her got them for her kids for Christmas....  hehehe  Anyway I checked prices & just could Not afford 1.  Then Prices dropped I checked into How to buy books & using the Library!  Picked the Nook for the Library reason....  Did Not think my Library Didnt have eBooks grrrr    Anyway  I had the Nook long enough to figure out I MISSED being able to READ!   I been doing Audio books do to Bad Eye site!  I Could read with book on end of my nose  LOL  Took soo Longg to read a book cause I couldnt do that  I in bed then I fall asleep!   I got the Kindle cause I was selling cr here on PBS & taking Amazon Gift cards as payment.   I purchased things thru Amazon....  Then ran out of things to buy.  So I sitting here on the Amazon boards & hearing How great the Customer Service was.  & Amazon help me with a few problems...Quick Service!!!    So I took the Plunge!!  I have been READING Sooo much I took a 2 day break....   My hands are Hurting soo bad from 1 month of Kindle Reading LOL  I going thru 2-3 eBooks a DAY!!!

 

Sandy Why Do you want an eReader??  LOL



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Date Posted: 2/27/2011 12:26 AM ET
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Thanks Barb and I do GET that you can dl a book and sync it in very little time..I do not think people are undertanding that AT HOME I only have dial up you cannot dl anything fast not even a book....if I have to take my laptop to MCD to dl a book..that is heavier than what would be my Kindle so I do not want to  dl to my puter from McD to come home and DL to my Kindle..It would be a hassle..Now yesa taking the Kndle right in and dling yes.....BUT lol if I can 3g it even a slower 3G that would be cool cause I do not need a book to dl so fast ..you know like if it took 4 minutes who cares its still fast....So the 3 g would be best....

 

My eyes aren't good either and I am sorry yours can be bad too..I read in bed only...I cannot relax to read on a beach or in the car...I never fly....

 

Now I do like your idea of upgrading to the 3g if I use the wifi and want more ...like if I can get the 3 g say a slow 3g.....is a great idea..I just thought till tonight once I bought it I waS stuck with it...I read an article that said most people do not use their ereaders after a short time...I may ask that in another questions....I am just also wondering ..why am I not just happy with a book in hand..Like do I just want to be IN ...if you know what I mean........

 

Hugs and thanks ...keep the info coming its much appreciated

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 12:37 AM ET
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LOL Barb I just saw  your question to me..... I think ...I THINK I want one cause everyone else has them....they seem cool.....but um no really smart reason lol........like my eyes cause I can still  read paperbacks even partially blind in 1 eye as long as I have my reading glasses.....I  don't even think the books are much cheaper anymore...I priced PALE DEMON and just a 2 dollar differnce...It would save space but all I would do is read on it...Now holing the Bible would be easier...and I do want an Apologetics bible.....but all in all I think I want one cause......its um lol cool

 

PS all I want to do with it is...dl a few books that I buy a month ...and then read them..nothing else. Is that crazy or not?

 

PSS LOL OMG 2-3 books a day I could not do that..... I read at best a book a week...



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Date Posted: 2/27/2011 1:56 AM ET
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IF you go to McDs you would get WiFi....  Kindle WiFi would work there LOL  I took my son to Drs on Friday & while reading in the van waiting on him I picked up 10 WiFi Signals!!  Went on the internet & chatted with a friend while he talked to Dr LOL  BTW this was Residence Neighborhood Not WiFi Hotspot ....  Some people are so trusting!    I have DSL Economy thru my cable co.  Much cheeper than the Phone co.  Then I have this.....http://www.walmart.com/ip/NETGEAR-WGR614-Wireless-G-54Mbps-Broadband-Router/2304416     costs $35 at walmart.   Just plugs into the back of the Motom.  Then you plug in the Desktop cord into it.   My son has Desktop & I have my Laptop direct plugged into the netgear.  We had as many as 5 of my sons friends laptops here & on internet at same time LOL   Mostly it gets used for the eReaders LOL  This might be a better investment for the money! 

OMGosh!  I just realised You Dont have a clue what WiFi is!!  Ok....  If you connect Netgear or simular eletronic thingy to Your Home Motom it sends a Wireless signal to ANY Computer or eReader that Has a builtin Wireless Reciever  Like Laptops & Kindle Wifi!!  The ONLY extra cost to do this is the Price you pay for the Wireless Router to begin with!!  This is Why a Lot of Businesses install them & use them to bring in Customers!!  They Cheep & Lots of people can use Lots of different Laptops without interfearing with each other LOL  While Customer surf the internet they usually spend Money even if it $4 cup of coffee .....

 



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Date Posted: 2/27/2011 2:56 AM ET
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Barb lol I know what wifi is I use it every now and then at McDonalds .I stated that a few times above.....I take my laptop when I have a HUGE dl to do for windows but I do NOT want to do that just to dl books...see my posts above...

 

.... Barb I cannot GET DSL where I live you have to trust me on that we do not HAVE  cable out here, no broadband ...AT&T told me no DSL in my area so a router will not work....my computer runs off a PHONE line or modem at a very slow speed... not DSL/cable. so my home does not have WIFI

 

I LIVE WAYYYYYYY out in the country

 

So I know I have to hope 3g works here or take the KINDLE to McD .....but I am all not able to decide...and then I think at 4 books a month...is it worth the price of the e reader?  

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Date Posted: 2/27/2011 7:53 AM ET
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I went for 3g, even tho I have a wireless router at home.  I think it is just a little bit easier than making sure my kindle is picking up my wifi, or finding a wifi hotspot while out. and it is only $50.

I would just give it a try with the 3g and find out if it works.  return it if dissatisfied.

The 3g will also allow you to use the experimental internet connection without a seperate internet connection.. 

 

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 10:29 AM ET
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4 Books per month Budget!  PLUS Freebies!!  I adv 6 of those per Month!  Tho Feb is a bit slow as Most have been Romances grrrr  I have also got several 99 cents books!   I am Not talking about all the Free Classics either!!  So yesss eReader is Worth it LOL   I know what its like Not to beable to even get TV stations!  I have lived in areas of No Cable!!  & in areas where the Antanna could only pickup 2 local stations!  Was SOOOO  Happy when I got my 1st VHS!!  & could rent a movie once in awhile  LOL   Just 2 weeks ago
my son [who has ZERO budget for eBooks buying]  Got ALL 6 of his Fav Gene of books FREE!     

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 2:12 PM ET
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The advantage for you to have 3G would be you could go anywhere and download a book, not just McDonalds - you could go download a friend's house, the doctor's office, any restaurant.

 

I got mine in October and still love it. I think people who really like to read continue to use their ereaders for a long time. The people who stop using them probably weren't big readers to begin with. The price of the ereader will pay for itself with free books-- there thousands of free classics and then free new books all the time (you just have to catch them as soon as you see them).

If you are looking for new bestsellers then you will probably pay more per book. Just depends on how picky you are.

 

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 7:00 PM ET
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Sandy....IF you know someone that Has 3G AT&T cell & they come to your house & Get Great Recption  then I Lean towards getting the 3G Kindle.   IF you signup on FaceBook & add Inkmesh to your contacts.  You get the Free eBooks list!   I got 1 out of the 3 offered this morning LOL 

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 8:05 PM ET
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Also sign up for emails from ereaderiq.com and check out Dailycheapreads.com every day.

 

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 1:36 AM ET
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 I would not be all that into the free books what I have on my wl is about all I want...and what new one's those authors may write...

I am very into all the new HC books and was sad to see both Kindle and NOOK their books are closer to 12-13 now not 9.99  I can justify it on 9-10 dollars max a book....The PB books I want are new and about the same price as on Kindle

I may try to hang back a week and just think then either jump or not, check into all the sites you all mentioned and no no facebook I loath facebook...but the other sites...

I do have a lot of money/GC's in my amazon account so I can go either way  or just get tons of books ...HC AND PB .if I decide to skip the ereader.....its all my money as I did it by selling some credits and also I take online polls for amazon GCs ....so its not that hubby is against it. due to money....he see's it as folly and a waste though and said I just want it to be cool lol...and ya know he could be right I  feel like I am years behind everyone else...yet it would be cool ..I see my eye doc soon I could ask what he thinks too.....like would it be less of a strain and all

Lol yes rabbit ears...though now we have Dish  just basic...but we cannot get the high speed net on it yet.....grrr..and truth be told even if we could I could not pay for it ..hubby is out of work.

I asked my friend Kyle and he said he can't get 3g or even his new 4g phone to work as 3 and 4g in town..I think our whole area is just too in the sticks...He is a young man very smart at puter things and the first around to have the new phones...and said he cannot get even the 3g and his new phone doesn't pick up 4g

OK my husband said take 147.34  (my ereader plus tax) divide it by 5 (he said say you save 5 dollars a book)  it would take you 30 books for an ereader to pay for it's self....(keep in mind he knows all I want to do its just read books not be online I can do that with my laptop in town)....Lol now you know what kind of mind I am up against  laugh

LMAO See why I go in circles?  OK fast question ...what if you get it and hate it...can you get a full refund?????

 

Thanks all you rock

 

 

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 1:51 AM ET
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IF money is tight I wouldnt bother.  Now Mine IS tight BUT like you I got money from cr sales here.   AFTER I Purchased other things We Needed!!   Starting April I have to budget eBooks LOL   By using the Money for books on amazon you can Double what your Hubby says....  Just buy them USED!   Tho the BAD thing is the Ship costs grrrr   [OK Tell hubby shipping cost would drain you LOL]  

I asked my friend Kyle and he said he can't get 3g or even his new 4g phone to work as 3 and 4g in town..I think our whole area is just too in the sticks...He is a young man very smart at puter things and the first around to have the new phones...and said he cannot get even the 3g and his new phone doesn't pick up 4g 

This confused me!  Does his phone work on 3G?  Does it Work at Your House??   IF the answer to these is No then go with just WiFi !    How far is McDs from you?  How often do you go there??

Did you know you can Buy gift cards you can spend in store you shop localy??  Check out Amazon gift card list!  They even have Master cards!

    



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Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:00 AM ET
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If you get the Kindle through Amazon, you have 30 days to return it for a refund for any reason.

Date Posted: 3/1/2011 2:29 AM ET
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Thanks again Barb and Pat and sorry to be extra duh but I just got on and am dead tired.  Sounds great on the rreturn policy....I am going to think till the 7th

 

Barb Kyle had a 3G phone never could get 3G in ....then he recently got a 4G ditto....our town is hicksville...Now he works at McD and I am often there I have a few friends that work there...so I stop in a lot drink a ton of sugar free iced tea and got 2 people to sign up to this site lol...I did not gave Kyle come to the house because he lives in town and they even have cable and much more.....I live way far from town and have cows so I really do not think I will be able to get 3 g in....and Kyle has a house now in a near by city a much bigger city than mine and he said he can't get 3g there either...

 

I am still going in circles ...you ought to all be glad I am not the President I can't decide to get an ereader or not let alone..major issues lol...sad but oh so true..Its like I just got a realllllly cute plaid rain summer coat/jacket...I put the receipt in the pocket in case I decided to take it back..I may go buy 2 pb books tomorrow.....they will come out ...tomorriw March 1........that I can decide on and yes Barb I know on buying gift cards,,,,,thanks hon...I have one right by my puter now..I ought to enter the codes in....but then I am tooooo tiredc

thanks all

 

Date Posted: 3/1/2011 3:48 AM ET
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I was more thinking of you buy gift cards you can use From Amazon LOL     IF you cant get 3G then I wouldnt bother.  Just go for the WiFi.   Sounds like your in McDs often enough to take advantage of the Freebies!  Thru Wifi you can even surf the net LOL  Tho I havent done much of that on mine.  I only suggest Facebook so you could get Inkmesh....  I only have 3-4 friends on mine LOL  I use FB mostly for Inkmesh.....  PBS site....  Kindle also on FB   Dang cant think of the few others LOL  Anyway its a site that you can set to go to on the Kindle.   I have found that when eBooks 1st come out which is same as when HB copy comes out they are High Priced  BUT if you wait til the PB comes out the eBook Drops in price!  Some even Below PB price!!  I think once you get it & start adding books to read you will post those HB & PB LOL  Then you can sell the crs get More Amazon money for More eBooks LOL   You will LOVE that you can adjust the Print size to what comfortable for you to read.  And most book can be Read to you with the Text to Speak tho the voices are canned.  They M/F voices read words not with feeling.    [BTW I think you be a better Pres than the one we got LOL]    After thought Use that $50 you save by getting Just the WiFi  & Buy a Sturdy case....since you plan to take it places!  & you might want to get extended warrenty!  Great for those Travel accidents!! 



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Date Posted: 3/1/2011 6:28 PM ET
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As of this mornig Random House Pubs have jacked eBook prices $2  grrrr  

Date Posted: 3/2/2011 2:39 AM ET
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LOL thank you on your vote for President I may throw my hat in the ring in a couple years hahaha no thanks I got enough grey hairs...The more my hubby doesn't SEEM to want me to have it the more I want it hehe.....I ordered some HC books today one was more by 10 dollars than the e-book but I still have enough to get the WIFI one and think I can skip the  reading glasses smiley

 

Sorry to be short here but I am on at 2:37 in the A of M and again am beat..have a cold or flu and just grrr

 

AND YES I saw the thread on Random house I fear they all will cause like Pattersons book I want in a couple months the womens murder mystery is already way up there....hmmmmm saving cash somehow hehe

 

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