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Old 10-27-2010, 06:22 AM   #1
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Hi. Not yet discovered how to search all threads, so starting a new one to ask an urgent question. Sorry if that is wrong....

I have a Kindle 3 WiFi, and am delighted with it. The "Experimental" browser seems adequate in the UK (on WiFi, of course) although not impressive.

I am thinking of buying a second-hand 3G one, either a Kindle 2 International or a DX International. Can anyone tell me how these will browse in the UK, and also abroad particularly in France. I think I read somewhere that the DX will only browse to Wikipedia in the UK; can that be right? I understand that Amazon are "paying" for the 3G connection time/volume and therefore may have limited the access, but I cannot find on Amazon what those limits are, if any. But then they wouldn't want to tell you that before you buy one, would they?

Anyone any relevant browsing experience, please?
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If you buy a Kindle in the UK, you will get full web browsing throughout Western Europe. I've used mine in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:34 AM   #3
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I have Kindle 2 International (from the US store), and since the update late last spring which removed all restrictions, browsing the internet has worked pretty much everywhere I have been to: Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Poland, UK, Ireland... is what I can remember using it in. I assume that it now works almost everywhere.

As far as I understand, the browsing experience in Kindle 3 is improved, so if you get a Kindle 2, you can expect something that is worse than what you are accustomed to with Kindle 3. It is not a brilliant or particularly speedy way of browsing the web, but it works for basic emails and information gathering while on the move.
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:45 AM   #4
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I think the ability to browse is heavily dependent on the country you register your Amazon account to.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:53 AM   #5
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Yes, it is. I was answering the question as asked, which was about a Kindle registered in the UK.
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:04 AM   #6
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Mine, I think, is registered to Hungary.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:32 PM   #7
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For the first time today I tried using the browser over 3G. It totally locked up and had to do a hard restart. I'm running the 3.03 pre-release.

Even after I rebooted it displayed the top web browser bar over everything, even an e-Book. It went away shortly after. Weird huh?

With Amazon now selling millions of these things I hope we can expect special Kindle versions of websites.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:42 AM   #8
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For the first time today I tried using the browser over 3G. It totally locked up and had to do a hard restart. I'm running the 3.03 pre-release.

Even after I rebooted it displayed the top web browser bar over everything, even an e-Book. It went away shortly after. Weird huh?

With Amazon now selling millions of these things I hope we can expect special Kindle versions of websites.
This sometimes happens to me as well, on Kindle 2.

Google Reader optimised for Kindle would be great.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:38 PM   #9
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My Kindle 2 International is bought in UK, deregistered and registered again in Bulgaria. No problems browsing in Bulgaria, UK and South Africa. I am very pleased.

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(Browser, mobile, POP3, etc.) Location (IP address) [ ? ] Date/Time
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Unknown United States (whispernet.com:8.18.145.243) Oct 24 (5 days ago)
As you can see - no problems reading my GMail. I am not in the USA - this is because of the Amazon's proxies.
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:18 PM   #10
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French Amazon account registration 3G workaround?

Seems if you have a French Amazon account registration Kindle 3 won't allow you to use 3G to browse.

I bought my Kindle3 from America as a present for my wife who has a French Amazon account. Is it possible to workaround this (apart from registering account in UK or USA?)


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Seems if you have a French Amazon account registration Kindle 3 won't allow you to use 3G to browse.

I bought my Kindle3 from America as a present for my wife who has a French Amazon account. Is it possible to workaround this (apart from registering account in UK or USA?)


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Unfortunately not. Internet availability depends solely upon your Kindle's "home" location - ie, where it's registered to.
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Harry, is that "where it's registered to" as in, if you de-register and register it to an Amazon account in another country it changes access condition? Or "where it's registered to" as in once Amazon have sent it to a purchaser in one country it is fixed forever to that country's access rules, please?
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Harry, is that "where it's registered to" as in, if you de-register and register it to an Amazon account in another country it changes access condition? Or "where it's registered to" as in once Amazon have sent it to a purchaser in one country it is fixed forever to that country's access rules, please?
If you deregister and then re-register in another country, it can change access, yes. If, however, you claim to be somewhere that you're not, Amazon will soon cotton on and ask you to provide proof that you are where you say you are.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:13 AM   #14
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I have successfully used my UK kindle 3g in Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria), Abu Dhabi, Thailand (Phuket and Bangkok) for internet browsing. OK so it's a bit slow and basic but ideal for checking news, emails etc whilst on the go.
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Unfortunately not. Internet availability depends solely upon your Kindle's "home" location - ie, where it's registered to.
actually seems all i needed to do was set home location in "manage kindle" settings on your amazon account? not tried it with my wife's french account but seem possible in theory no?
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