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JAMES

Kindle.

Sorry, Im confused. Why could you not use it all across Europe, that's exactly what its been designed for.

So far there are two "Kindle Stores"

US and UK.

UK will only supply to UK addresses, but from then on you can download books from wherever you are from the Kindle UK store.

The rest of the world is currently serviced by the US store, but again, wherever you are, you still have full access to any titles on the US store.

Thats why it has the 3g and wifi connectivity, so you can still buy books when on holiday, without the need for a computer.

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JAMES

Kindle.

It works. You can buy a book on the kindle ANYWHERE that you can get a wifi single. If you have the wifi / 3g edition then you can also buy a book anywhere with a phone signal. (It connects to the normal phone signal if it cannot find a 3g signal)

There is no extra cost for this regardless as to if you access it via wifi or 3g, if you have the 3g model. I've not connected mine to wifi at all yet, got all my books over the phone network.

The basic browser also enables you to access websites, but this is limited in some countries to the amazon kindle store and wiki.

There are many people on the kindle forums who have done it without problems. I remember a person who travels a lot for work and was trying to get a book in every country he visited. Last time I read it, he / she had been successful in 12 places, unsuccessful in none.

It does work. No one on the main kindle forum has reported this as being a problem.


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JAMES

Coverage.

There is even a map on the kindle support pages that shows you where there is full 3g coverage, and where there is weaker phone coverage. UK, France, Germany, Spain, Norway etc etc all show as full coverage. There is of course the odd spot where coverage is weaker (top of scotland etc) but its pretty good, heavy coverage.

Amazon have done it in a simple way, which they say has been put onto them by the publishing industry.

They are only, for now shipping from the US and the UK.

UK credit card addresses only have access to the UK site to download books.

Rest of the world, its US site only.

They will add more kindle stores to other amazon sites as they go on, but thats how it is for now.

if you can or cannot buy a certain title, its based purely on where your card billing address is, not where you currently are physically.

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JAMES

Kindle.

I didn't mean, nor do I think I said that you could connect it to anyone else's wifi. However, loads of places like mcdonalds, costa coffee, starbucks Wetherspoons etc have free wifi on their promises.

As for the 3g, you don't pay for it, its included in the price you paid for the 3g kindle. There are no additional charges for that once you have paid the £149 for the kindle.

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JAMES

3g

Amazons deal is with Vodaphone by the way.

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Liz from Cumbria

Wifi/3G kindle

I have this one. Can't give you an opinion for downloading in Europe or anywhere else since I haven't had the opportunity to do that - yet! The signal here in the Lake District is brilliant most of the time. We are notorious for having pockets of no signal whatsoever no matter which mobile/cell phone supplier you are with. Was down in Sheffield a couple of weeks ago and found the signal wasn't quite as good as it is here but still got a connection and the download was virtually instantaneous again.

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JAMES

Kindle.

That's actually a very good turnaround time for a customer service email, Sunday to Tuesday.

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JAMES

Kindle.

Thats not what I said, and you know it..........

They admitted there has been a problem, so it is not how their e-books usually work.

My point was that emailing any company and getting a reply in that time frame is very good.

Amazon were recently voted the best with an average reply time of just 4 hrs to emails to their CS team, but a week to ten days is not usual for many internet companies.

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Grannie Cool

Kindle.

OH in his infinite wisdom has ordered me one for Christmas. Whilst I am excited on one hand, I am also very apprehensive on the other. You see, I am a mouldy oldie who does'nt "do" technology very easily....you would only have to ask No. 2 Son how many times he has had to sort out my computer! I am just hoping and praying that when this latest gizmo hits my doorstep, it has a book with it titled " The Dummy Book for Kindle Users."............ Watch this space James..... if I have problems, you will be my first port of call!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Liz from Cumbria

Grannie Cool's Kindle

You'll love it Grannie and will be the mistress of it in no time at all. It won't be long before you're telling us all how much you love it.
x

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JAMES

Kindle.

Grannie Cool,

I shall forever be available to help.

XXXX

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Grannie Cool

James..........Kindle.

Many thanks James. It has yet to arrive. I am sure I shall be okay, I remember I felt much the same when I was given an I-Pod.
Cheers!!!

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sam from worthing

Kindle

Bumping up the pages

Kindle

Wow - this must be one of the highest replies we have ever had on a post on the site!

I still haven't bought one though......!

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tubs

Kindle

no, nor have I!!!

 
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