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  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:41 23 Jan 2012

This question stems from a thread in the helproom here

The Kindle appears to need a wireless network available before it will function properly.

Is this true of other technology in today's integrated world?

My mp3 player for instance would be useless if I didn't have a PC to download the tunes too and transfer across to the player.

Gone are the days of standalone equipment?

  Forum Editor 23:37 23 Jan 2012

The Kindle was specifically developed (by Amazon) for wireless connectivity. It's made pretty clear on the Kindle site, and I don't think it's a disgrace that Amazon expects you to register the device online before you can access some of the options.

The whole point of a Kindle is that you download e-books via the internet - it's not aimed at people who don't have the technology (or access to the technology) to do that.

Amazon sold a million Kindles a week in the three-week run up to Christmas last year; that makes it a pretty successful device by anyone's standards.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:40 23 Jan 2012

Yes but in this case without the extra tech of a wireless network he can't register.

There is obviously some basic tech required to get somethings working i.e. the electricity supply (if you can call that basic)


  Forum Editor 00:02 24 Jan 2012

*Fruit Bat /\0/*

".....without the extra tech of a wireless network he can't register."

Yes, he can. You can register a new Kindle from any computer that's connected to the internet. Kindles are registered by their serial numbers, and the number can be read off the device. You register via the Amazon site, and you can buy books that way too,downloading them onto a PC,and dragging them onto your Kindle.

  lotvic 00:24 24 Jan 2012

FE yes, that's okay for registering the serial number and getting books via pc but I think a point has been missed - i.e. you can't set the time etc. on your Kindle until you have connected the Kindle via Wi-Fi.

I agree it is made quite clear on Amazon that Kindle needs at some point to be connected via Wi-Fi to Amazon to make full use of it.

  spuds 11:25 24 Jan 2012

My personal view, is that with most things nowadays, you have to read the small print, and understand the product before purchase. But not necessarily in that order!.

I have items, that I do not fully understand, with the end results, that most of the incentives of the item are never used, which I suppose is a very sad thing, and especially after having tried to understand the instruction book?.

"Gone are the days of standalone equipment?". I would certainly perhaps agree with that!.

Perhaps looking into the future, when electricity and present day fuel supplies fail, we might need to consider past options?.

  Quickbeam 12:18 24 Jan 2012

"Gone are the days of standalone equipment?"

Car radio/CD player, portable radio, TVs, DVD player, hi-fi separates, landline phone are some of the standalone items that I still have. Dwindling, but not yet gone from my house.

But isn't saying "The Kindle appears to need a wireless network available before it will function properly." a bit like saying that a car needs petrol to function properly? The Kindle was designed to make use of wireless & 3G technology.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:07 24 Jan 2012

A smartphone, Kindle etc work fine with just about 'any' internet connection & that is really what this thread was about I think.

Not really, the thread stemmed from a problem with lack of wireless for a kindle but the thread is aimed at how intertwined our technology is nowadays.

  dagbladet 17:21 24 Jan 2012

My grandad had a lovely old gramophone. Had a big trumpet thing for a speaker, didn't even need electricity, it was wound up by a handle. Problem was he couldn't get a single sound out of it unless he went to Arkwright's store and bought a big wax cylinder with the music etched into the grooves. Standalone...pah!

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