Whispernet – Amazon’s Whispernet Wireless Coverage Map

Amazon Whispernet is based on the Sprint EVDO network and provides a few critical functions for the Kindle (if the coverage meets your requirements, you can buy the kindle at amazon)

  1. Whispernet allows Kindle owners to wirelessly download books right onto the kindle, in just a couple minutes. Also allows downloading of newspapers and magazines.
  2. Amazon Whispernet provides internet surfing and access to Wikipedia.

Oct 7, 2009 Update: Do check out the Kindle International WhisperNet Wireless Coverage Map.

At the moment Whispernet is free – there is no indication from Amazon on whether it’ll stay free forever – however it is a reasonable assumption that Amazon has some sort of arrangement with Sprint that allows for a certain amount of internet usage by Kindle owners. There must be some part of the cost of books, magazines etc. that accounts for delivery costs over WhisperNet, and perhaps also for use of Whispernet.

Amazon Whispernet Coverage Map

Amazon Whispernet Coverage Map

To get an in-depth look at WhisperNet coverage in your city or state, try out the Amazon Kindle Coverage Map. This seems to be the same as the Sprint EVDO coverage map i had listed earlier – however this one is the official link. Also updated that post. Please do note that Montana has little to no Whispernet coverage, and several states have very little WhisperNet coverage.

19 Responses

  1. I guess I won’t be buying a Kindle anytime soon.
    There is NO coverage in Montana, none. Guess
    we are not really part of the USA.

  2. CK – Not a problem if you don’t live in a whispernet area. You can download to your computer, then via USB (provided with the Kindle) to the Kindle. I don’t live in a whispernet zone, but have found absolutely no problem with the computer route. Actually, the Kindle uses quite a bit of its battery when operating over whispernet, so one would be advised to do wireless functions when plugged in. The computer route works around this. – Don

  3. How do I register it without wireless coverage?

  4. I understand totally about the option to download directly to your computer when outside of the whispernet zone. But Amazon does not seem to provide this feature. Are you able to download books to your computer from Amazon? I know of other sites to download books directly to my computer but would like to acquire some of the books available through Amazon.

  5. Dave, i don’t have an answer for you on that one. perhaps amazon help can assist you?

  6. Connie – these are the instructions –
    To download your purchase to your computer and transfer via USB:

    Visit the Manage Your Kindle page at http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle.
    Locate the item you wish to download in the “Your Orders and Individual Charges” section at the bottom of the page. If you have a lot of content, you may need to use the Previous and Next options at the bottom to navigate through all of your content.
    Click on “Download/Send to . . .” next to the title and choose “Computer” from the list.
    Save the file to your computer when prompted by your web browser.
    Connect Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.
    Use your computer’s file browser to drag and drop the file to your Kindle.

    and the original page is http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200137100

  7. I recently bought a Kindle and am using it a lot more than I thought I would. It’s very convenient to use while feeding my son his bottle or rocking him to sleep, I couldn’t manage turning pages on a book one handed before. I’m lucky to have wireless coverage but have used the USB connection to dump several personal files onto the Kindle (mp3’s, photos for the screensaver and documents I converted with Mobipocket Creator), it’s very simple if you follow the directions. Is the USB a little less convenient? Sure. Is it still better than toting around the equivalent number of books and fumbling one handed with a book? You bet! I’m a cheapskate so the $ was hard to part with but I see the Kindle earning it’s keep every day. I’m certainly reading more than I was before! My suggestion about the lack of coverage is to put the thumb screws to Sprint, not Amazon, to improve their service. Cheers and happy reading.

  8. I was wondering if there is a way to get the whispernet internet system installed on a laptop. Sprint and Verizon make a wireless card that you can plug in, but is there any inherent internet applications that I could install on my computer so that I always have internet wherever I go?

  9. [...] Kindle’s launch in 2007, Amazon’s whisper-quiet partner has been Sprint, which runs the Whispernet (EVDO) network. Wispernet delivers e-books to me quickly and quietly. Someone pays for it of course, but [...]

  10. Is there any way I can check Whispernet stats on my daughter’s kindle? I have parental controls on our computers, but Its difficult to regulate the kindle and I didn’t even know it had real internet capabilities aside from downloading books until a couple weeks ago. Thanks!

    • Bob, there is no way I know of – I would suggest calling Amazon and asking for a feature like parental control. Also, there is a setting in the browser to ‘delete history’ – so there must be some place where the history is saved. I’m in canada and can’t get whispernet so i’m unable to try it out. could you ask your question at the official amazon forum? perhaps even amazon customer service at Inside the United States: 1-866-321-8851 ; Outside the United States: 1-206-266-0927 ..

  11. I was wondering how kindle works with mac computers? I have the mac & am interested in the kindle….. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • the Mac is kindle compatible i.e. you can connect it and it will work. Amazon have also said that in a few months you will have Kindle for Mac that lets you read your kindle books on the Mac.

      More Mac discussion at the Kindle forum.

  12. The coverage map is not too accurate because it shows most of Maine with no coverage but I am getting coverage in Perry, Maine. I was shocked when I tried it and the Kindle showed two & three bars on the wireless. Granted it’s slower than the 3G but I was able to download a book in just a minute. I think Maine is sometimes thought of as a foreign country because we’re mostly rural. Even national weather reports will cut off our part of Maine like we don’t exist!

    • thanks for the update. A lot of people have been upset that Maine doesn’t have coverage so it’s good to know the WhisperNet coverage is being updated (or perhaps the coverage was always there and just wasn’t accurately reflected).

  13. [...] capabilities!  However, all my research said that it could not be used in Wyoming.  Much of the user map did not cover Montana, Idaho, Alaska or Wyoming.  Some places had some coverage in rural areas but [...]

  14. I’m looking to get the kindle since I read so much and will be doing A LOT of traveling in the next few months. Has anyone used theirs while traveling internationally? The coverage map says that where I’m going, South America and Japan I’ll have coverage but I would like to see if anyone has had experience traveling with it. I’d also like to use it for email to stay in touch with the family at home… Not sure how reliable it’s going to be though… Any advice?

    • Maggie, it works fine in Europe and Asia. Haven’t tried Japan or South America.

      To use it for email you’d have to use mobile versions of email sites. They work fine though slowly.
      Try asking at the official Kindle forum – People would have experience of using it in Japan and South America.

  15. This sucks, my hubby got me a Kindle dx w/leather case….whispernet is very unrelaible and connections are sparce. Worst $500 spent.

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