As its name suggests, the Kindle 3G+Wifi offers 3G and wireless local area network (wifi) technology. What does all this mean and why should you consider it? Simply put, the wireless technologies allow you to download e-books to your Kindle anytime, anywhere you go.
What is 3G?
3G or 3rd generation mobile telecommunication is a generation of standards for mobile technologies. It is most commonly used in today’s mobile phones but is also used in a wide variety of mobile gadgets and the Kindle is one of them. Without being too technical, 3G allows you to roam anywhere on this planet, so long as there is mobile 3G cellular coverage.
Why is this useful for the Kindle? 3G allows you to take the Kindle on your travels and download an e-book anytime, anywhere wirelessly via the internet. With 3G, you do not need a cable connection from your Kindle to a computer. See the header Can I use 3G abroad below for a link to a worldwide Kindle 3G coverage map including the UK.
What is Wifi?
Wifi is a term used to mean wireless local area network. Wifi is a trademark of the Wifi Alliance and is a wireless technology that enables electronic devices to communicate with each other wirelessly. How is that useful for the Kindle? Wifi enables the Kindle to print a page of your e-book to a printer that is wifi-enabled without the need for a cable. It allows the Kindle to transmit data between wireless devices. Other uses may include transmitting e-book from a Kindle to another readable device.
Should I buy Kindle 3G?
Based on current pricing and service terms, if you can stretch to the Kindle 3G+Wifi model, it is highly recommended as it will enable you to access books and the internet whilst you are away from home or commuting and currently this is completely free of charge with the exception of having personal documents delivered. The Kindle 3G+Wifi is a top selling model in the UK and stocks are limited.
Can I use 3G abroad?
You certainly can! Thanks to Amazon and AT&T, the Kindle’s SIM card provides free 3G coverage anywhere, even abroad. See this worldwide coverage map for details of Kindle 3G coverage worldwide.