Free Global Internet Access with the Kindle 3G

Update: Amazon has put a 50MB/month limit on international data (Hat tip to Matt)

Happy Holiday! I have limited access to the internet I'm on a month long vacation in Asia so my apologies for not having any post lately. Despite my intention to be disconnected from the rest of the world, I catch myself checking Facebook several times a day thanks to an unintended feature on the Kindle 3G Keyboard that I got a couple of months ago. And the best part: it's totally free!


The Kindle 3G Keyboard is not your average e-reader, thanks to its 3G function: It has a web browser that gives you free internet access worldwide. You can check the coverage here. Another notable unintended feature of the Kindle is that all traffic goes through Amazon proxy servers. Therefore, you don't have to worry about the local network restrictions, so feel free to update your Facebook status behind the Great Firewall of China.


Checking email in Frankfurt

The Kindle is designed as an e-reader, not a web browsing device so the user experience is not as good as full power devices such as laptops, iPhone, etc. Also, be aware that this feature is only available on the Kindle 3G Keyboard; the newer touch screen version doesn't have it (I assume Amazon realized their mistake and didn't want to pay the bills).

Despite the limitations, the Kindle has become my essential device for international travel. Readers, what device do you bring when you travel abroad?


Matt December 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

You are limited to 50MB of data per month. Details at

Andy December 28, 2012 at 02:52 pm

@Matt: Thanks for pointing that out. I did not realize that they put that restriction over the summer. Nevertheless, it's still usable for basic web browsing

Kevin December 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

50MB won't last very long...