Amazon, AT&T Limit 3G Browsing Via Kindle
Browsing Via Older Models Now Capped at 50 MB Per Month
Several users have written in to note that Amazon has started imposing a cap on the amount of data users can consume while browsing using some Kindle models. If you recall, the Kindle initially launched with an experimental browser and unlimited 3G connectivity provided by Sprint. AT&T eventually took over that contract, and newer versions of the Kindle had increasingly locked down content availability options
, with browsing on the Kindle Touch disabled entirely. Kindlle users over at the MobilleRead forums
note they're now receiving warning messages warning them about data consumption and alerting them that they'll soon be unable to browse the Internet using 3G:
I was using the browser when it popped up a message to say that I'd hit my 50 MB monthly limit of 3G Web access on my Kindle 3G. When I clicked the 'OK' button (which was my only choice, really), I got a second message saying that I'd have 24 hours of grace to continue to use 3G for Web browsing, but that after that I could use 3G only for visiting Amazon.com, Wikipedia, and the Kindle Store. Otherwise I will be obligated to use Wi-Fi.
The blockade reduces traffic on the AT&T network, and it helps Amazon nudge users to more expensive tablets should users want full browsing options -- so it's hard to know whether AT&T or Amazon pushed harder for this change. Some users had also figured out how to hack the Kindle and turn it into a mobile hotspot on AT&T and Amazon's dime, which could have also motivated the decision.
Interesting With the exception of those who wish to subject themselves to the horror of attempting to browse a website on an e-ink device, and those who have been (ab)using their Kindle's (and violating the EULA and TOS) for effectively free 3g tethering, I can't imagine who this might negatively affect.
That said, while I think 50MB is somewhat laughable, It was a service created with the intention of allowing users to download e-books. I'm guessing the e-ink compatible ones don't really go that high in size (maybe one megabyte max?). I'm also guessing that this cap only affects general browsing (as it says it doesn't affect the amazon website, wikipedia, or the kindle store), and doesn't limit the amount a user is able to download on a 3G connection.
So, considering the application, I'm oddly okay with this.
hah It was a matter of time when someone would abuse it.
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said by meowmeow:MVNOs sell mobile service as their business. Amazon sells devices. Inside the carrier, they are two separate things, although similar. Amazon is an M2M operator.
How the heck is Amazon not an MVNO by your logic?
Re: Hmmm... Hmmm, I dunno what AT&T classifies them as internally, you may well be right, but to the user, they're functioning as an MVNO. They're selling AT&T service on the Kindle. M2M in my eyes is more like, say, a device to track a truck driver, or an alarm system - things with no user interaction. Not a device you use to browse the web and buy content on. But yes, I could see AT&T etc classifying it as M2M use, which is probably how Amazon can afford to offer it.