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    WiFi question

    I am so totally new to this so please be patient. I'm thinking of getting a kindle strictly for when we are in Aruba. We rent at the Gold Coast Townhomes. I asked the guy we rent from if he had WiFi. He said the place does but you have to buy a Wifi card. I don't think he has it personally in his townhouse.

    My question is, and especially anyone who has a place at the gold coast, what does that mean?

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    What kind of Kindle?
    Are you using it for email or reading?


    As long as the Kindle has 3G you should be okay, speed may not be the greatest but free is free. There is more info on your question in the links at the thread

    wifi card??

    The "basics" of the kindle have not changed since that thread was posted.

    Amazon pays for Kindle’s 3G wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go—without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle 3G is a great option for travelers. Check 3G coverage area [Aruba offers "EDGE/GPRS coverage (lower speed)"]

    When you see and read "3g" think of 3G like on a cell phone.

    You would not need a setar card or someone else's signal, but it will not be lightning fast.

    IF you are looking for something faster I would probably opt for a Setar Card and a netbook. IF you shop around you could find a netbook for $100.

    If you want a kindle for the reader and the wifi for email, there are also tablets such as the iPad or even a smart phone if you don't mind the small screen.

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    if i can't use it as the web to check my email and stuff, there's no point. and to get the card, if its like $35 a week, I can just pay $18 for two weeks at the internet cafe. then i'll bring my little paperbacks that I buy at Amazon, read them, leave them there. I love real books, and I always go to my library but I'd be willing to read from that if i can use it for the internet too. otherwise, i'm not going to get it.

    i asked the guy what he meant by they have wifi but you have to get a card. we'll see. i have a while, we don't leave until september.

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    yes , it means you have to buy "time"

    he may not have it in his house for guests (a wifi router/modem)

    but, i have been told by a gold coast owner ( a member here) that SETAR has put in WIFI throughout the gold coast property so all u have to do is turn on your device. the wifi will kick in, open browser and the link will come up for you to purchase an hour or a week or 2 or more weeks. enter your credit card number.

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    you can buy a setar wifi card , scratch off the code and do the same thing by opening your kindle browser

    either way yes you can get wifi even though the guy you rent from does not subscribe.......but his condo association has a pay program for people/renters/guests.

    (just like at lacabana and other resorts)

    make sure your kindle is the kind that is the upgraded version where you can actually surf the web, and email and of course the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    I am so totally new to this so please be patient. I'm thinking of getting a kindle strictly for when we are in Aruba. We rent at the Gold Coast Townhomes. I asked the guy we rent from if he had WiFi. He said the place does but you have to buy a Wifi card. I don't think he has it personally in his townhouse.

    My question is, and especially anyone who has a place at the gold coast, what does that mean?

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    the one i am thinking of getting does have the web. I may do it. if there is a gold coast owner or someone who rents there often, if they might have the cost, I would appreciate it. I'm trying to see if its worth it. I don't usually go on vacation and care about surfing the web much but i do like to check my email, especially with my babies, one of who has to get a pill each day so this way i can check how she is doing. but since we go to the casino every nite or to the palm beach area, i can always stop in at the internet cafe, check my email, which is what i've been doing. i wouldn't use the device for anything but vacations so if the cost to do the card is alot plus the kindle, i'll stick with my $18 for two weeks at the internet cafe, lol.....

    I'm not really an electronics person, don't even have a smartphone. I'm not one who when i'm out, cares to keep in touch, lol, except where my cats are concerned....most the time i don't even turn on my cellphone or check if i have a message on it, lol.

    thanks guys....

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    http://setar.aw/internet/wi-fi/wi-fi-hotspots.html
    yes, gaby GOLD COAST is a SETAR hotspot

    $35 weekly
    $70 for 2,3,or 4 wks

    gaby, you can get a cheapo netbook for cheap as lisa says.
    if you are not going to use the kindle to read, go with a net book
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    just use internet cafe

    OR
    talk to charles about seeing if he has smartphones for rent

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    if i can't use it as the web to check my email and stuff
    You CAN use a Kindle for that BUT it will be slow. It will not be fast like your DSL on your laptop at home.

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    paul's "Nook" was pretty quick on renaissance island using the wifi on the island. maybe not as quick as at home, but still almost as fast......not really an issue at all on his NOOK using renaissance's wifi.


    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    You CAN use a Kindle for that BUT it will be slow. It will not be fast like your DSL on your laptop at home.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 01-20-2013 at 07:22 PM. Reason: Paul has a nook, not a kindle fire

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    E-Mail on Kindle: How to Use the Kindle For Free E-Mail On the Go

    The attachment shows what a typical gmail account would look like on the kindle in their browser.


    We tried using Amazon's wifi on our cruise and it was slower than slow.

    You can buy a refurbished netbook for < $100, heck, less than $50
    Last edited by Arubalisa; 01-20-2013 at 07:27 PM.

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    yes, cruises use satellite internet............omg yes slower than slow indeed!

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