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Old 10-07-2010, 10:23 PM   #1
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Does anyone know why Instapaper will only send mail to @kindle.com addresses (where you are charged for 3G delivery) and not @free.kindle.com addresses (where they would be delivered over WiFi for free)? I don't understand what they gain from this.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:14 PM   #2
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Probably they gain a %age of the fee that amazon charges. Yep, I'm pretty sure. Since they encourage you to buy a Kindle through their link where they say they get a commission, similarly I'm willing to bet they get a small fee everytime they deliver using 3G.

The only workaround I've gotten so far is to set my Kindle account balance to 0. But this defeats the purpose when I _really_ need to send something to my kindle and I'm willing to pay for it.
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Hello,

Does anyone know why Instapaper will only send mail to @kindle.com addresses (where you are charged for 3G delivery) and not @free.kindle.com addresses (where they would be delivered over WiFi for free)? I don't understand what they gain from this.
If you turn on your WiFi, anything sent to @kindle.com will arrive for free. You'll only be charged if you are on 3G when it's delivered. This is how I receive my Calibre subscriptions.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:39 PM   #4
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On the Manage My Kindle page, you can set a limit to how much you'll be charged for receiving a document over 3g. Anything that would cost more than the limit is sent by wifi instead. If you set the limit to 0, every document should be delivered through wifi
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:15 PM   #5
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Probably they gain a %age of the fee that amazon charges. Yep, I'm pretty sure. Since they encourage you to buy a Kindle through their link where they say they get a commission, similarly I'm willing to bet they get a small fee everytime they deliver using 3G.
I seriously doubt this. Pretty much anyone can set up an Amazon Associate account and get credit for purchases made that were referred from their website with a special URL, but as far as I know there's no way to get a piece of a transfer fee.

More plausible answer: Wifi is a new development in the Kindle line, and sending to the free address prior to Wifi wouldn't have been real convenient so there wasn't a reason to support it.
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