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phillmolly 02-20-2013 11:42 AM

Quick question..downloading Kindle books
 
I am planning on loading up my Kindle before we leave, but if I go through them or find I need something else to read, would I be able to download on the boat? What about at Castaway Cay ?

mom2aredhead 02-20-2013 11:43 AM

On my kindle you need to have wi-fi. It may be cheaper to buy a few books in port rather than pay the wi-fi charges on board lol!

Meghatron 02-20-2013 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by phillmolly (Post 47567734)
I am planning on loading up my Kindle before we leave, but if I go through them or find I need something else to read, would I be able to download on the boat? What about at Castaway Cay ?

Does your Kindle have Whispernet? If it does you should be fine. WiFi-only not so much.

Mom323 02-20-2013 11:48 AM

With Whispernet wouldn't she have to pay cellular at sea rates?

moremouse 02-20-2013 11:50 AM

I downloaded a couple movies/books on mine before we left. You can do it in port or on the ship until you're out of local wi-fi range. That was my experience last week any way. :goodvibes

dorothyn 02-20-2013 04:12 PM

It was my experience that I couldn't download to my kindle when I just had the whispernet. With wifi, I could, if I paid for the internet time (just like using my laptop). You should have plenty of room on your kindle, so download way more than you think you'll read, just in case.

luv2sleep 02-20-2013 04:35 PM

When I turned on wifi on mine I got a message about international charges. I turned it back off. I was just trying to sync the time anyway. I didn't do any downloading. Has anyone received a charge for doing that? I downloaded a ton before we left because it was a 2 week trip.

NurseDave 02-20-2013 04:42 PM

Kindle will hold hundreds of books. How long is your cruise???? ;)

Meghatron 02-20-2013 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Mom323
With Whispernet wouldn't she have to pay cellular at sea rates?

AFAIK Whispernet is always free to the consumer, because you've paid a flat rate to Amazon included in the device price. At least, that's how my Kindle works. People have written up stories about Whispernet working at the tops of mountains or deep in the jungles, when the latest phone model couldn't find a signal.

Mom323 02-20-2013 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Meghatron (Post 47571828)
AFAIK Whispernet is always free to the consumer, because you've paid a flat rate to Amazon included in the device price. At least, that's how my Kindle works. People have written up stories about Whispernet working at the tops of mountains or deep in the jungles, when the latest phone model couldn't find a signal.

Good to know.

clten 02-20-2013 05:30 PM

I have fired up the whispernet while in ports and haven't had any issues. Never tried it at sea. But there is a map out there somewhere showing the areas covered by whispernet (I know I've seen it, just can't remember where, because I did check that each of the islands we were sailing to were in the area just in case). I actually used whispernet a couple of times to look up things on the internet rather than paying DCL's internet fees - worked fine for basic sites.

racingfandj 02-20-2013 07:49 PM

I used my Kindle 2 (whispernet) while at sea and did not have any issues. You can even use the experimental internet exploerer to browse and access internet for facebook and email. It's extremely slow and limited, but I was able to do some minimal checking in.

jm106 02-20-2013 07:53 PM

Ijust got a kindle fire and I have no idea what whispernet is for. Could someone help a confused lady out

tvguy 02-20-2013 08:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meghatron (Post 47571828)
AFAIK Whispernet is always free to the consumer, because you've paid a flat rate to Amazon included in the device price. At least, that's how my Kindle works. People have written up stories about Whispernet working at the tops of mountains or deep in the jungles, when the latest phone model couldn't find a signal.

But it isn't free on a ship where you are using the ships system.

Sir William 02-20-2013 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by NurseDave
Kindle will hold hundreds of books. How long is your cruise???? ;)

Exactly! I've loaded a bunch of free books, in addition to some I've purchased, so I've always got lots of books to choose from. For a week, I can live without having to read the latest best-seller right away.


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