Depending on your Amazon Kindle reading device, your trusty literature reader may soon no longer have access to your cell phone’s internet or data connection as 3G networks close in various locations in 2021.
Amazon has confirmed this and provided a list of devices that may be affected (see below), as well as money for a new Kindle for those whose readers may be affected. You may need to find out what type of Kindle you purchased and when which is not always easy for the tech-illiterate.
Which Kindles don’t have Internet registration?
When 3G goes offline, the next Kindle reader will lose all internet access.
- Amazon Kindle first generation (2007)
- Amazon Kindle second generation (2009)
- Amazon Kindle DX (2009)
- Amazon Kindle DX Graphite (2010).
The next generation of Kindle readers will lose the 3G portal, but will be able to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi.
- Amazon Kindle keyboard (2010)
- Amazon Kindle 4th generation (2011)
- Amazon Kindle Contact (2011)
- Amazon Kindle 5th generation (2012)
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite first generation (2012)
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation (2013)
- Amazon Kindle seventh generation (2014)
- Amazon Kindle Voyage (2014)
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation (2015)
- Amazon Kindle Oasis first generation (2016)
- Amazon Kindle 8th generation (2016)
How do you know which Kindle you have?
The above article will be pretty useless if you don’t know what type of Kindle you have. You should also keep in mind that even if you bought one, it is unlikely to give you any clues.
Fortunately, it’s easy to find a Kindle you personally own; you can do it via Kindle, but that requires data on the different Kindle serial numbers – but there is an easier way. The best way is to do it on your computer.
Using your computer, go to the Amazon website (click here). In the upper left corner, under the Amazon branding, you will see a textual content called “Everything”, click on it, then click on “Your Account” on the back of the next entry.
In that menu, click on “Your Units and Content,” this is the seventh item, and under “What You Can Do,” click on “Process Units.” On the next page, the third toolbar will display “Content”, “Units”, “Preferences” and “Privacy Settings”.
Clicking on “Units” will give you a list of all the Amazon items you are currently connected with. If you click on “Kindle,” you’ll see the era and model of your Kindle listed under its name (it can be called simply “[your name] Kindle,” although we only gave it a name when we built the device).
Simply use this information along with the entries above to verify that your Kindle continues to work in your Kindle. Note, however, that Amazon’s website is structured differently in many countries, so the method will likely be different depending on where you live. The above information applies to the United States.
Do I need to buy a new Kindle?
If your Kindle stops connecting to the Internet soon or starts running only on Wi-Fi, you may want to consider buying a new Kindle.
As we’ve told you before, Amazon is offering a discount for those affected, and those eligible should have received a coupon in the mail. Check out our Best of Kindle section to see which model is right for you.
But keep in mind that these changes won’t affect everyone. If you already access your books only via Wi-Fi, you may not be affected. You may still have your old reader, and while it’s a bit more complicated, you can still get your new books.
Basically, you have to go to Amazon’s website, buy an e-book, connect your Kindle to your computer and go through the registration data. The company has published information on how to do this easily here, writing on the Kindle Fires, but it works for all of their readers.
Before you buy a brand-new machine, ask yourself if it’s worth it.