Kindle Paperwhite: Wi-Fi only versus Wi-Fi plus 3G - dummies

Kindle Paperwhite: Wi-Fi only versus Wi-Fi plus 3G

By Leslie H. Nicoll, Harvey Chute

How do you decide whether you want a Wi-Fi–only Kindle Paperwhite or the Kindle Paperwhite 3G? Good question! The Wi-Fi –only Kindle Paperwhite requires a Wi-Fi wireless connection to download content from Amazon and other sources.

If you have Wi-Fi set up in your home, you can use it as your Wi-Fi hotspot. You can connect your Kindle Paperwhite also to Wi-Fi hotspots in public locations, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s.

The Kindle Paperwhite 3G operates not only on Wi-Fi but also on the same cellular network as cellphones. In essence, the device is available to you everywhere — in your home, office, car as well as in public areas such as airports, train stations, and restaurants. Although 3G is widely available, some places in the United States don’t have coverage. Amazon provides a coverage map.

Best of all, the Kindle Paperwhite 3G, unlike a cellphone, accrues no additional charges for 3G coverage. Amazon covers the 3G costs.

If you anticipate needing to use only wireless — at home or connected to another Wi-Fi network — the Wi-Fi –only Kindle Paperwhite is a good choice. On the other hand, if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, you travel regularly, or you just love the magic of being able to download an e-book in less than a minute, anywhere, any time, you may prefer the Kindle Paperwhite 3G.