Kindles with only 3G Internet access will begin to lose connectivity in the US from later this year. This comes because US carriers are closing down 2G and 3G connections in favour of 4G and 5G.
This will apply to any Kindle which only has a 3G connection and no Wi-FI support. Some devices such as Kindle (1st and 2nd Generation) and Kindle DX (2nd Generation) do not have any Wi-Fi support and as such will lose all their connectivity. Once carriers stop supporting 3G these Kindles will no longer be able to download new ebooks or access the internet.
Amazon has sent an email out to customers with 3G only Kindles:
“Starting this December, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the U.S. will start phasing out their 2G and 3G networks. This means that some prior generation Kindle devices, including Kindle (1st and 2nd Generation) and Kindle DX (2nd Generation), will no longer be able to connect to the internet. Customers who own these devices will still be able to enjoy previously downloaded content on their Kindle, but they will no longer be able to access or download new content wirelessly. Other devices, including Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation), Kindle Touch (4th Generation), Kindle Paperwhite (5th Generation, 6th Generation, and 7th Generation), Kindle Voyage (7th Generation), and Kindle Oasis (8th Generation), will only be able to connect to the internet using Wi-Fi. If you are unsure which device you have, see Identify Your Kindle E-reader for more information. To thank you for being one of our earliest customers, we’d like to offer you a promotion code, valid through August 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm (PDT) for $70 off a new Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis, plus $25 in eBook credits.”
Amazon is offering a discount of $70 (£50) towards upgrading to a new Kindle and a $15 (£10) store credit to go towards ebooks for those currently with a 3G only Kindle.