Heads up: Amazon limits 3G web access on Kindle Touch 3G

If you’re thinking about getting one of the new Amazon Kindle Touch e-readers, and trying to decide between the $99 WiFi version and the $149 version with free 3G wireless access, some important news emerged over the weekend that you might want to take into account before forking over the extra $50.

Basically, you won’t be able to use the Kindle Touch 3G to browse the web to your heart’s content on a 3G mobile broadband connection.

In response to a customer’s question on its forums over the weekend, the Amazon Kindle team explained, “Our new Kindle Touch 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store, download books and periodicals, and access Wikipedia – all over 3G or Wi-Fi. Experimental web browsing (outside of Wikipedia) on Kindle Touch 3G is only available over Wi-Fi.”

This is notable because previous Kindles 3Gs, now known as Kindle Keyboard 3G, allow web browsing over 3G. Amazon said in its response that this feature will remain available on the Kindle Keyboard 3G.

PCMag.com has more on the situation.

This appears, at least in part, like a case of Amazon managing its wireless costs as it tries to reduce the price of its devices. It will be interesting to see if future Kindle Touch 3Gs come with an option for consumers to pay for a monthly broadband plan to enable mobile browsing.

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet doesn’t yet come in a 3G version, which at least reduces the chances for confusion.

  • Guest

    That’s unfortunate. The free browsing over 3G was a welcome feature particularly during international travel.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. 

  • Anonymous

    Well that sucks…

  • Rachaelcrampton

    Wow thanks for saving me 50 bucks!

  • Anonymous

    Kindle Fire doesn’t have microSD slot that Nook Color has thus it is
    stuck with 6 GB usable internal storage unlike Nook Color that can get
    up to 32 GB card in. Kindles are made to be almost like a “dumb
    terminal” of the past to make sure you’re tied up to Amazon’s storage on
    the web (for which you need Wi-Fi connection to get to.) and you can
    only store content you get from Amazon there, not other files and they
    can spy on your web activities through the new cloud-integrated web
    browser. Also, VERY IMPORTANT – lack of microSD slot means that if you
    decide to root your Kindle Fire, you’ll have to root the actual device
    thus there will be no coming back. On Nook, you can make it boot from a
    “rooted” microSD card and if you want to get back to the original Nook
    you can just take out the card and reboot. Nook Color still has the best
    on the market anti-glare coated screen that is better for 
    eading/viewing outside.

    B&N is rumored to be coming out with Nook Color 2 shortly that will
    sure to have Netflix app among others (you won’t find it on Kindle).
    Nook Touch is still better designed than even the new Kindle Touch with
    battery lasting two months with ONE hour reading a day with Wi-Fi off
    thus it’s still twice as long as new Kindle’s two months with HALF and
    hour a day with Wi-Fi off. It looks like Kindle didn’t get any battery
    improvement in the new model, they only changed the test condition.
    More, Kindle Touch still flashes black on each page turn while Nook
    Touch reduces the flashing by 80%.