Depending on what type of Amazon Kindle ereader you use, your trusty literature tool might soon lose access to the internet, or at least to mobile data connectivity, thanks to 3G networks shutting down in various places towards the end of 2021.
Amazon has confirmed as much, including listing which devices will be affected (which you can find below), and has even offered money off a new Kindle for people who might find their ereader affected.
So how do you know if you’ll be affected? You’ll need to know the type of Kindle you’ve got, and what generation it is, which might not be easy if you’re not particularly tech-savvy.
That’s why we’ve come up with this guide to help you easily understand.
When 3G goes offline, the following Kindle ereaders will lose all internet access:
The following Kindle ereaders will lose 3G access, but will still be able to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi:
The above list will be pretty meaningless to you, unless you actually know what type of Kindle you have – and unless you remember when you bought it, it’s unlikely you’ll have a clue.
Thankfully, it’s easy to work out which type of Kindle you own. While you can do it via your Kindle, this requires knowledge of various Kindle serial numbers – but there’s a much easier way. You need to do it on your computer.
Using your computer, head to Amazon’s website (by clicking here). In the top-left corner, under Amazon’s logo, will be text saying ‘All’ – click this, then at the bottom of this resulting list, press ‘Your Account’.
From this menu, click ‘Your Devices and Content’, which should be the seventh item on the list, then under ‘Things you can do’ press ‘Manage devices’. On this next page, the third toolbar down should show ‘Content’, ‘Devices’, ‘Preferences’ and ‘Privacy Setting’.