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Old 04-30-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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Does Kindle 2 work in Europe

Does Kindle 2 work in Europe.
I am undecided whether to buy?
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:49 AM   #2
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:59 AM   #4
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:34 AM   #5
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Does it work?

Yes, certainly it works.

All that doesn't work is the wireless connectivity.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:38 AM   #6
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I *knew* it. Thought about editing my post, but then I wasnt sure if the Kindle needed some kind of server-connection to work.

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Does it work?

Yes, certainly it works.

All that doesn't work is the wireless connectivity.
That means: It can be used as a normal e-reader - though there perhaps will be some problems buying or getting new content ... AFAIK the kindle store can only be used from within the US.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:41 AM   #7
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You need a credit card with a US billing address to use the Kindle Store, that's correct. But there are lot of other places to get books, and you can transfer them to the Kindle via USB, just as you can with any other reader. The actual Kindle itself will work just fine.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:07 AM   #8
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I can assure you that the Kindle does work in Europe. And you don't need a credit card registered to a US address, as you can purchase books from Amazon using gift vouchers (and, of course, there are other places from which you can obtain Kindle books).

What we don't have in Europe is Whispernet, but that's not a show-stopper as you can purchase books on your PC and transfer to the Kindle via USB.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:44 PM   #9
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I concur with what Mike L is saying (even though I don't live in Europe).

I live in Montréal (which for the US is the equivalent of Europe...) and I just got my K2 a couple of weeks ago. It works like a charm to buy with gift certficates and transfer with the USB cable, I even got myself the Sunday edition of the NYT last weekend...

You only need a friend or relative to have it shipped to their address in the US and you are set !

I hesitated a lot and research the whole thing for a while, but the decision to go with the K2 was the best call.

Go for it !
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It is not intended to work outside the US, so if you buy one and have problems getting books onto it, please don't whine. Ask questions, get advice, but please don't whine.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:52 AM   #11
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I live in Montréal (which for the US is the equivalent of Europe...) and I just got my K2 a couple of weeks ago. It works like a charm to buy with gift certficates and transfer with the USB cable, I even got myself the Sunday edition of the NYT last weekend...
Can you explain, please, how the "gift certificate" thing works?
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Can you explain, please, how the "gift certificate" thing works?
You set up two accounts at Amazon. Account 1 is the one to whom you register your Kindle. Account 2 is just an ordinary account - no special requirements as far as method of payment or country of residence is concerned. Each account has a different email address.

Account 1 enables 1-Click, with a US address. A credit card is not needed at this stage.

Account 2 purchase a gift card, and mails it to Account 1. Account 1 applies the card to his/her account.

Now, whenever you want to buy a Kindle book, you log in as Account 1, and make the purchase via 1-Click. Since you have a positive gift card balance, it does not prompt for a credit card number. It just takes the money off your gift card.

That's about all there is to it.
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Account 1 enables 1-Click, with a US address. A credit card is not needed at this stage.
There have been reports that a credit card is now needed, but it does not have to be a US credit card (only a US address). See Amazon Kindle outside of the US.
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You set up two accounts at Amazon. Account 1 is the one to whom you register your Kindle. Account 2 is just an ordinary account - no special requirements as far as method of payment or country of residence is concerned. Each account has a different email address.

Account 1 enables 1-Click, with a US address. A credit card is not needed at this stage.

Account 2 purchase a gift card, and mails it to Account 1. Account 1 applies the card to his/her account.

Now, whenever you want to buy a Kindle book, you log in as Account 1, and make the purchase via 1-Click. Since you have a positive gift card balance, it does not prompt for a credit card number. It just takes the money off your gift card.

That's about all there is to it.
Does Account 2 need to be U.S. based also? I've read that the gift card "currency" between the 2 Amazon accounts has to be the same (U.S. with U.S., Canadian with Canadian). So, Canadian based Amazon account couldn't buy a gift card for a U.S. based Amazon account.


EDIT: Forget the question. I just proved it myself using a Canadian Amazon account to buy a $10 gift card for a U.S. Amazon account. It works and was applied successfully.

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