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Older Kindles about to die

by on30 July 2021

According to an email sent to customers on Wednesday, the change is due to mobile carriers transitioning from older 2G and 3G networking technology to newer 4G and 5G networks.

Older Kindles without Wi-Fi, could mean not connecting to the internet at all.  Newer Kindle devices with 4G support should be fine, but for older devices that shipped with support for 3G and Wi-Fi like the Kindle Keyboard (3rd generation), Kindle Touch (4th generation), Kindle Paperwhite (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generation), Kindle Voyage (7th generation), and Kindle Oasis (8th generation), users will be stuck with Wi-Fi only.

In its email announcement, Amazon stresses that you can still read the content you already own and have downloaded on these devices, you just won't be able to download new books from the Kindle Store unless you're doing it over Wi-Fi.

Amazon's older Kindles, like the Kindle (1st and 2nd generation), and the Kindle DX (2nd generation) relied solely on 2G or 3G internet connectivity, once the networks are shut down, you can only get new content through an old-fashioned micro-USB cable or buying an actual book.

Last modified on 30 July 2021
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