This Wednesday, Amazon despatched a notification e-mail to clients who purchased early Kindle e-readers. First- and second-generation Kindle and Kindle DX units had no Wi-Fi assist, relying solely on free 3G connectivity to succeed in Amazon—which is an actual drawback for these units, since US cellular community operators will start reclaiming 2G and 3G frequency bands to be used with 4G and 5G this yr.
House owners of first- and second-generation Kindles ought to nonetheless be capable of use the “Handle Your Content material and Gadgets” web page on Amazon to switch books to Web-orphaned Kindles by way of USB cable, however that is hardly handy in comparison with the units’ authentic promise of freedom from wires and Wi-Fi passwords alike.
First-gen Kindle homeowners can get a free Tenth-gen Kindle Oasis and canopy, and second-gen Kindle and Kindle DX homeowners are eligible for $70 off a brand new Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis, plus $25 in e-book credit—however you will want to make use of a promo code from the e-mail Amazon despatched with the intention to qualify. With out the promo code, Amazon solely affords first-generation Kindle homeowners a $5.00 Amazon reward card.
Though solely first- and second-generation Kindles lose all connectivity when 3G sunsets, units as much as and together with Eighth-generation Kindle Oasis (launched in Could 2016) can be restricted to Wi-Fi connectivity solely. Kindle Keyboard (third-gen) customers get the identical provide that Kindle DX customers do, whereas 3G units from the fourth by eighth technology are eligible for $50 off a Paperwhite or Oasis, plus $15 in e-book credit.
Kindles aren’t the one units the transition from 3G will orphan, after all—a whole bunch of hundreds of safety alarms are additionally going to want substitute, as will elevator telephones and hearth alarms. The vital lesson to be realized is that investments in trendy electronics have pretty near-term expiration dates—and that any budget-straining electronics buy must be considered by way of years of doubtless service, not simply the preliminary buy worth.