Old Kindles Will Start Losing Internet Access in December


If you own an old Kindle e-reader and paid extra for that free cellular connectivity. Amazon is warning owners of nine models of Kindle that their 3G connectivity is set to stop working in the US in December.

Amazon has been selling Kindle e-readers for 13 years now. And unlike other devices, even the oldest models remain useful due to their main focus being to act like a book. However, Amazon can’t control what the mobile networks do, and 2G and 3G networks are being shut down this year.

The affected models include:

  • Kindle 1st and 2nd Generation
  • Kindle DX 2nd Generation
  • Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation
  • Kindle Touch 4th Generation
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5th, 6th, and 7th Generation
  • Kindle Oasis 8th Generation

The Kindle and Kindle DX models in the list will no longer be able to connect to the internet. But all the other models can continue to do so using a Wi-Fi connection. If you don’t know which model you own, Amazon has an Identity Your Kindle E-Reader page to help figure it out.

This isn’t something Amazon really needs to apologize for because it’s out of the company’s control. However, it’s sending out a warning message to registered users who own one of the affected models. And is offering them $15 in credit for ebooks and $50 off a new Kindle.