Amazon confirmed that the Kindle Touch 3G, the next generation of its 3G Kindle, will be unable to browse the internet without using a WiFi connection but users are still able to use 3G to synchronize purchased books and documents – anything beyond Wikipedia will be off-limits.
Browsing the internet was just an experimental feature on the last iteration of the ebook reader Kindle which is now known as the Kindle Keyboard 3G. The experiment appears to have failed and Amazon will restrict the 3G access of the Kindle Touch 3G to downloading books, documents, periodicals and browsing Wikipedia only.
Special offers of Kindle Touch 3G version costs $149, this is 50 percent more than the WiFi-only version which is only $99. This will be much harder for the costumers to justify when both models come out and become available on November 21.
The announcements of these products will not affect the new Kindle Fire (WiFi-only) which was announced last week and due for launching this November 15. While Kindle Keyboard 3G is still available, it will continue to access the internet through the experimental browser.