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Older Amazon Kindles will soon no longer have internet access, company says

Owners can either upgrade, recycle, or trade their device

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That old Kindle of yours might soon become obsolete if you use it to access the web. With 2G and 3G networks going the way of the digital dinosaur, so will a number of Amazon Kindles when it comes to accessing the internet.

Amazon is being upfront about the situation. In a post, it said the following devices will no longer be able to connect to the internet in the U.S. by December:

  • Kindle (1st and 2nd Generation)

  • Kindle DX (2nd Generation)

If you own one of the following devices, you should still be able to access the web with no problems: 

  • Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation)

  • Kindle Touch (4th Generation)

  • Kindle Paperwhite (5th Generation)/(6th Generation)/(7th Generation)

  • Kindle Voyage (7th Generation)

  • Kindle Oasis (8th Generation)

If you are unsure what device you have, visit Identify Your Kindle E-Reader for more information.

This is not Amazon’s fault

Before throwing Amazon under the bus for selling something that eventually becomes obsolete, it’s important to know that the company really had no hand in this and that the issue is completely out of its control.

However, if you do have one of the affected models, Amazon is offering to help ease the sting a bit by offering registered users a couple of options: 

  1.  $15 in credit for ebooks and $50 off a new Kindle Paperwhite ($129.99) or Kindle Oasis ($249.99) using the code NEWKINDLE50. 

  2. Trade in the old model for a new one. 

  3. Recycle the old device.

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