One of the biggest shortcomings of the Kindle Touch is that you cannot browse over 3G. While it does have a web browser, Amazon has blocked you from using it to visit websites over the 3G connection; you have to use Wifi. This was a big change from past Kindles, all of whom could do it (even the original).
Earlier this week I came across instructions that claim to exploit a loophole.I found them via a deleted post on MobileRead. They reportedly come from the Duokan Forums, which are in Chinese and thus a little beyond my abilities to fact check.
I’m not sure yet if this loophole works or not, but I’m posting it so someone can test it and tell me. I don’t have a 3G equipped Kindle Touch, so I cannot.
Here’s how you can browse any web site over KT’s 3G connection.
- Go to Settings, Reading Options, Social Networks, make sure your don’t have your Twitter account linked. Unlink it if you do.
- Select Link Account under Twitter.
- The Twitter login page will show up. Don’t login here, instead, click the Twitter icon at upper left corner, it will bring you to the Twitter homepage.
- Login with your Twitter account now. It won’t go back to Kindle’s Manage Your Social Networks page.
- Send a tweet with the URL you wait to go. For instance, tweet “www.google.com”
- Click on Home to force a refresh. You should see your last tweet now.
- Click on the URL
You are free now… One catch, some web site gave me ‘Can not connect’ error, not sure why.
P.S. I’d really appreciate it if someone could confirm this for me.