No man may be an island, but the 3G on my Kindle DX has kept me from information overload. I’m sad that Amazon announced recently that it’s doing away with the connection.
Older Kindle models will start to lose their built-in internet access in December. The change comes because mobile carriers are ditching 3G networking technology in favor of newer 4G and 5G networks. Aging Kindles without Wi-Fi won’t be able to connect to the internet at all.
For many users, the loss of 3G won’t mean much. After all, the Kindle makes a terrible device for accessing the internet. With its sluggish processor and monochrome screen, the Kindle is designed for reading, not browsing. But the 3G internet connection offers a direct line to Amazon’s vast selection of books.