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Old 09-02-2010, 11:34 AM   #1
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Should I Cancel 3G and Reorder wi-fi Only?

I ordered a k3 with both wi-fi & 3G on Aug. 18. I got the 3G because while I probably don't need it now, I might in the future. Or I might sell/give it to someone who would or maybe I'd be I'd need to look something up and find there was no wi-fi available. And because someone else is paying for it.

But I've been reading the Kindle faqs at Amazon and that kind of makes me think that 3G may be more trouble than it's worth.

I expect mine to ship soon, so canceling and reordering would set me back weeks. Anyone who has the same model, is it more or less trouble than it's worth?
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:37 AM   #2
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WiFi ONLY

If you have a WiFi hotspot in your home, I'd definitely only go for WiFi. All synchronizing can be done at home.

3G would only be necessary if WiFi is not present at home and / or one travels a lot.

I purchased the WiFi only model and it works great.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:39 AM   #3
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Personally, I think that 3G is very useful indeed. I use things like Wikipedia a lot.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:45 AM   #4
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I already have a wifi kindle 3 and want a second one so I have ordered the 3G as you never know when it might be useful. I plan to keep these for a few years so thought it would be handy for holidays, thats the first reason I thought of it.

The other reason would be if I was out shopping (and my kindle stays in my handbag so comes with me everywhere) and I spotted a book I could look it up in the kindle store there and then.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:45 AM   #5
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If you've got WiFi at home and you never take the Kindle out of the house then 3G support isn't going to be particularly useful for you.

However, if you do sometimes read when not at home and want the ability to download books or use the browser then the 3G option will be good.

Personally, I went with the 3G+WiFi model as I do read when not at home and I want the flexibility of having free 3G access.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:48 AM   #6
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HarryT, that's what I was thinking. I may be out somewhere and decide I need to look something up. I don't have a data plan for my phone, so I would probably use the Kindle for that.
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The other reason would be if I was out shopping (and my kindle stays in my handbag so comes with me everywhere) and I spotted a book I could look it up in the kindle store there and then.
Bingo. That's my thinking, exactly.
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It has been almost one week since I have my 3G + WiFi Kindle and I'm yet to use 3G other than for testing. I spend most of this week withing WiFi range just like I always do.

However I don't regret having 3G because I'm sure that in the future there will be multiple times I will be able to get a book and spare myself several hours of boredom because I had 3G.

$50 is an adequate price for such convenience.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:16 PM   #9
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:24 PM   #10
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I ordered only the Wifi version but I have a 4g/3g hotspot that I care with me when I travel and I have Wifi at home too.
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I had the same choice to make, I thought I would only ever need wifi so ordered that, but then few days after ordered the 3G instead, which I now have. I am happy I did so, it is far better to spend £40 extra now than regret it and end up having to shell out another £149 later. I don't regret it and love knowing its there if I need it.
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:46 PM   #12
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Initially I ordered both the 3G and wifi as I didnt know which one to get. Over the weeks before it was released I decided on the wifi version because I couldnt see the purpose of the 3G. I have a data plan on my iphone so if I want to use the internet on the move I use that, I also have a dongle for internet on the move. I also can't imagine wanting to buy books whilst im out.

It depends on whether you think you will need/use/want the 3G.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:18 AM   #13
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Where I find 3G indispensable is when I'm somewhere without wifi (in my case, usually a campground) and I just finished a book and want to start the sequel. I suppose I could plan better, but that's too much work.
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i ordered the 3g+wifi version because i wanted to flexibility of being able to buy a book wherever i am. oddly, you can't seem to turn 3g or wifi off independently of each other. only all wireless on or off...

it really only becomes an issue at certain spots in my house where the kindle can't get a good wifi signal then switches to 3g and the poor little battery screams out in pain!

i know i could just "turn wireless off" entirely but then i wouldn't get my whispernet sync to my iphone app. i've tried in the passt to keep it off then remember to turn on wireless and sync before i leave the house but i usually forget. so much nicer just to leave wifi on and not worry about it.

am i missing something in settings or is this just the way it is?

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am i missing something in settings or is this just the way it is?
I think that's just the way it is, and why I was concerned that maybe the 3G was more trouble than it was worth.
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