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Solely 3G Kindles start their lengthy, gradual demise this yr

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Enlarge / Kindles of the 2007 era had a pretty good run time of fourteen years – but we can imagine some Kindle Oasis (Aug.

This Wednesday, Amazon sent a notification email to customers who bought early Kindle e-readers. First and second generation Kindle and Kindle DX devices did not have Wi-Fi support and relied solely on free 3G connectivity to reach Amazon for use with 4G and 5G this year.

If all else fails, you should still be able to download books to your older Kindle by connecting it to a PC using the charging cable.Enlarge / If all else fails, you should still be able to download books to your older Kindle by connecting it to a PC using the charging cable.

Jim Salter

First and second generation Kindles owners should still be able to use the Manage Your Content and Devices page on Amazon to transfer books to Internet-orphaned Kindles via USB cables, but that’s compared to the devices’ original promise hardly any practical freedom from cables and WiFi passwords alike.

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First generation Kindle owners can get a free Kindle Oasis 10th. You must use a promotional code from the email Amazon sent to qualify. Without the promo code, Amazon is only offering a $ 5.00 Amazon gift card to first-generation Kindle owners.

Although only first and second generation Kindles lose all connectivity in 3G dips, devices up to and including the 8th Generation Kindle Oasis (released May 2016) are limited to Wi-Fi connectivity. Kindle Keyboard (third generation) users get the same deal as Kindle DX users, while fourth through eighth generation 3G devices get $ 50 off a Paperwhite or Oasis and $ 15 in e-book credit.

Kindles, of course, aren’t the only devices that will be the transition from 3G to orphan – hundreds of thousands of security alarms need replacing, as well as elevator phones and fire alarms. The important lesson to learn from this is that investments in modern electronics fall short in the short term – and that any budget-straining electronics purchase should be considered in terms of estimated uptime, not just initial purchase price.

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