JanSt

Use your Kindle to give your Computer free 3G Internet

Not for the technically faint-hearted, but anyhoo:
You know how the Amazon Kindle 3G models come with free, well, 3G interwebz, right? For life (or until Amazon change their T&Cs)!!!!

Well, a clever hacker found a way to tether the Kindle.
And if you're clever and persistent, you can too.

Just rouse your grey cells and head over to http://lickitung.it.cx/page/tether.html

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 14:06

http://lickitung.it.cx/page/tether/proxy-set.png

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2009/12/091223-kindle-01.jpg

As usual: know what you're doing. Don't blame us when things go wrong; and under no circumstances break the laws of the jurisdiction you live under :)

stevo25  Feb. 28, 2012 at 15:57

don't do it! it will screw it up for everyone else who uses their kindle properly

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 16:18

Define "properly", the Kindle uses the Vodafone 3G network, I'm pretty sure a bit of tethering won't hurt.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 16:26

In what way? Amazon will block it after a while, but it's been done with phones all the time.
Furthermore: I am a tad peeved living in Ireland - Vodafone do NOT have a prepay internet add-on for phones. Zip. It's 2012, and they reckon, " nah...".

But the same Vodafone let Amazon use the network. So, Kindle owners get free Vodafone web while PAYING customers get nuddin' - oh, wait, yes: they get something: worse speeds because of the non-paying Kindle users.

So, if you bring up "screwy", I can only say, that ship sailed, skipper.

Also: if you read the instructions, you will notice it isn't exactly the easiest mod. It is safe to say it won't be used by many kindle owners.
Also: I did point out that you wanna make sure you're not breaking any laws. Also: one can argue that while Amazon advertise the free 3G, they do very little to actually make the kindle browser very usable. Half the time I am not getting anywhere. So, they should be pleased that this workaround would allow me to browse their overpriced book catalogue from the comfort of a proper browser.

Well, personally I'm too busy to tackle this mod, but there are people who spend money for a Kindle and a phone and a dongle and they get constantly screwed...
And remember: every single network totally arbitrarily decides what phone is allowed to tether, what product gets cheap add-ons etc etc... You're argument is like saying: no, don't buy an iPad, cause non-iPad owners are subsidising the cheap iPad data add-ons.

stevo25  Feb. 28, 2012 at 16:31

pedant, yeah it is overly complex, but as a proof or purpose can be done. Re http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1971876&postcount=1 seems AT&T have a good grasp of data throughput on devices so would seem to me there is no reason why VODA wont

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 16:40

Exactly. So, Lets take it as a mod that might inspire Amazon to be a bit tighter with its firmware :p

In fact - by publishing this we have been doing Vf and Amazon a big favour :p

Ach, citizens united, eh ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 16:43

Oh, damn, were you calling me a pedant?
For what? Actually replying to your post? Is that a new experience? It's not called pedantic, it's called being helpful/communicative/engaging/debating... It's a discussion board.

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