Have An Older Kindle? It Might Lose Its Service.

End Of The Road for Some Kindles

One of the most popular e-reader devices, the Amazon Kindle, might be losing an important feature for some of its older models: cellular service. As older networks shut down, some older Kindles will lose their ability to connect to the internet.

2G and 3G are Shutting Down

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With all the hoopla about 5G coverage expanding on major networks, older cellular technology is still active…for now. This includes 2G, 3G, and the popular 4G standards. The 2G and 3G networks have been around since the early ’90s and ’00s, back in the days of “unlimited nights and weekends” promotions and T9 texting. Those days have long since gone and over the next few years, those older cellular network standards will follow suit. The website Digi reports that several carriers have already phased out 2G service starting in 2019 and 3G service will likely be phased out on most carriers by 2022.

AT&T stopped servicing its 2G network back in 2017.

Verizon Wireless phased out its 2G CDMA network at the end of 2020. 

Sprint sunsetted their 2G CDMA network in December of 2021.

T-Mobile plans to sunset their 2G network in December of 2022.

Harald Remmert – Digi

Which Kindles Are Affected?

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The shutdown of 2G and 3G networks will have an effect on older devices that relied on those networks for internet connectivity. Gizmodo reports that later this year, some Kindles may not be able to connect.

The devices most affected by this change are first and second-generation Kindles and the second-gen Kindle DX, as they were sold without built-in support for wifi connectivity, which means they are entirely reliant on cellular service in order to download new books and content. And while some carriers like Verizon have temporarily postponed the shutdown of its 3G service, when those older Kindles do finally lose service—which could start happening as soon as the end of the year—users will no longer be able to download new content

Sam Rutherford – Gizmodo

Amazon Responds

In response to the shutdown of 2G and 3G networks by wireless carriers, Amazon published a help page noted by Android Police explaining all the changes. There they further explain which Kindles are affected (Kindle 1st and 2nd Gen, Kindle DX2nd Gen). If you have one of these devices, it may be possible to trade-in or recycle them.

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