I have owned a Kindle now for a few years. I have a Kindle almost as soon as it was released and I recently got a newer version Kindle for Christmas. I love to get all the options forfree e-books. People often wonder about the wireless coverage for the Kindle reader. Speaking purely anecdotally I have personally never had an issue in the past few years for Kindle coverage and that is with having traveled to seven different states with my Kindle in tow during that timeframe.
But anecdotal evidence of the Sprint Wireless coverage for the Kindle is not the only form of evidence. As it so happens there is a recently released, “Kindle Coverage tool” that actually gives out a graphical representation of the area’s that the Kindle reader will reach.
The first page of this tool is simple. It shows a map of the United States. Displayed on this map are three colors. Green shows normal “national” coverage. Orange shows an increased broadband and faster download speed coverage and finally white shows no coverage at all.
The National map shows a pretty wide coverage for the United States with some big white gaps. If you know your topography, some of those white spots make sense. A good portion on the eastern seaboard coincides with the Appalachian Mountain ranges and closer to the West coast a big white section coincides with The Rockies.
Using the Kindle Coverage Tool map to find out your Sprint Wireless coverage.
Using this map is fairly simple. It has fields for City, State and Zip code. Once you get the area you want you can then use the zoom functions to zoom in and out and discover the specific coverage for your local area.
As a “test run” I checked out 5 major American cities on this toolbar. All Five of them had complete 95% Orange (the best) coverage with a few white and green spots found (rarely). I also checked out two major cites in the non-contiguous US. Honolulu, Hawaii. And Anchorage Alaksa. Both had really good coverage inside the city limits but some dropping off on the north side of the island for Honolulu and around the outside of the city for Ancorage Alaska. Finally I thought of the most remote place in the United States and checked the coverage for it. Nome, Alaska is unfortunately not covered by the Sprint wireless coverage for Kindle.
The results of the Tests for wireless coverage.
Besides gaps for topography and remoteness the Kindle wireless coverage seemed to be really good. It reached all major cities and through most of the contiguous United States. Sprint Kindle wireless coverage has strong and fast signals in most places and reception should be good in general almost regardless of where you live. Anyone living in any remote or rural area should certainly check out the Kindle Coverage tool, but chances are there is a Kindle coverage area near you. Make sure to understand all the options and other ways to compare your e-readers before purchasing any e-reader device.