[LINK] Dick Smith Advertisement for Fictional Color Amazon Kindle

Michael Skeggs mike@bystander.net mskeggs at gmail.com
Fri Sep 23 09:29:57 AEST 2011

I don't have one, but I understand the email/browser does work worldwide.
I believe that Amazon cut a deal with AT&T for over the air book
delivery via their network and their global roaming partners, and that
connectivity also enables the browser/email.
I think part of the deal allows AT&T to include ads in the service.
I don't know if there is a separate telco agreement in countries where
Amazon operate (UK, CA, DE, FR, JP) or if it is AT&T in those
locations too.
The "only in connection with the service" is to prevent you trying to
connect another device to use the 3G.
Michael Skeggs

On 23 September 2011 09:09, Paul Bolger <pbolger at gmail.com> wrote:
> "Free 3G wireless"? Actually it does include this, but Amazon state that
> You may use the wireless connectivity provided by us only in
> connection with the Service. You may not use the wireless connectivity
> for any other purpose.
> Does this mean you can (if you choose to ignore the terms of service)
> use the Kindle as a free mobile web browser? Does anyone here have
> one, and know if this works?
> BTW: I'm not totally convinced that adding browsing to an ebook reader
> is a good idea - one advantage of a paper book is you can't nip off
> and check your email when you get to a dull bit.
> On 23 September 2011 10:32, Tom Worthington <tom.worthington at tomw.net.au> wrote:
>> Dick Smith has been running TV advertisements for the Amazon Kindle
>> eBook reader. These depict the Kindle's screen with text highlighted in
>> yellow. Dick Smith is selling two models of the 6 Inch screen Kindle:
>> Wi-Fi and 3g. However, neither of these, nor any any other released
>> Kindle model, has a color screen. This advertisement is misleading and
>> should be changed to remove the color from the Kindle screen.
>> The Kindle does have some attractive features, such as a long battery
>> life. The 3G model also has free 3G wireless access in Australia and
>> many countries and a usable (if limited) web browser.
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