Amazon has been considering discontinuing some of its older e-book readers for some reasons, and in December many of the best-selling Kindle devices will lose some of their features, such as 2G and 3G connectivity.
The main reason alleged by Amazon in the mail sent to some users is that telephone companies are leaving behind 2G and 3G networks to focus on 4G and 5G. Therefore, from the multinational formerly led by Jeff Bezos, these devices will be “disconnected” and can only be used with a WiFi connection.
In principle, the news has reached U.S. customers, but, likely, it will also happen in Europe. At least we can already anticipate which models will be affected by the change.
According to The Verge, these are some of the Kindle that will be left only with WiFi connection from December:
- Kindle Keyboard (3rd generation)
- Kindle Touch (4th generation)
- Kindle Paperwhite (4th, 5th, 6th and 7th generation)
- Kindle Voyage (7th generation)
- Kindle Oasis (8th generation)
Other models will directly have to be connected via USB cable as they lack WiFi:
- Kindle (1st and 2nd generation)
- Kindle DX (2nd generation)
Amazon does not want to lose these customers. Therefore, as compensation, they offer them a promotional code with 50 dollars to redeem on the purchase of a Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis, plus another 15 dollars to spend on e-books.
We should point out that the operation for those who connect via WiFi will remain the same and will not lose any of the contents of the ebooks, only that their connectivity will be limited even if they do not want it.