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dudette50
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Re: Nookcolor WIFI

I did try to find that answer on other threads and on the regular B & N website.  The reason I asked is I bought my husband the one that has 3g and wi-fi.  I thought that was a good thing to have.  I am going to get one for myself and hoped to get the color with both.  Thanks to the people that answered the question with no animosity. 

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Re: Nookcolor WIFI

 
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Michael-V
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Re: Nookcolor WIFI

@All,

You can still use any AT&T WiFi hotspot on NOOKcolor.  The only difference is that there may be an access fee to use that AT&T WiFi hotspot/network.

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AT&T announced some time ago that due to heavy bandwidth use by AT&T-enabled devices (iphones, nooks, etc.) is clogging up their system and to stem the clogging, they were going to institute a new data plan. Gone are the days of free or cheap AT&T connectivity like we were used to. Other providers are looking into a similar solution although Sprint has said they are not going to institute such a plan.

 

If you have the internet at home, you could always install a WiFi router and set up your own hotspot.

John

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graycyn
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Re: Nookcolor WIFI

Thanks for the clarification!

 

However, paid access to the AT&T hotspots still makes NOOKcolor less desirable to me. As is, I can download my ebooks free on my classic NOOK. I don't really do much with web access and while it might be easier to do with NOOKcolor, I still can't imagine using it often. If I've got to pay to download my free Fridays books, no thanks!

 

Why? Pretty simple, if you ask me. NOOKcolor has a claimed 8 hour battery life. WiFi cuts into that. As is, my classic NOOK must be charged every 2-3 days, even though left in airplane mode. And it has a much longer "claimed" battery life! I need my reader to be ready for READING!

 

I guess I'm not one of those clogging the AT&T network... I am out of WiFi mode as soon as my downloads are completed.

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Nookcolor can still use the free wifi at any barnes and noble stores. I think where you might be misunderstanding this a little, say you go to McDonald's most of them require you purchase a wifi connection to use it i have that issue with my laptop so that would be a place you would have to pay for a connection but other places like starbucks the public libraries hotels etc that use free wifi you are fine those will still be free you will just have to click on the accept terms and conditions tab.

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Re: Nookcolor WIFI

I don't get the no access to AT&T WiFi hot spots.  If I go to McD's and they are offering it and I can connect via my laptop, then why stop me on my nook?  McD's is offering it for my free usage and now we are going to limit the types of devices that can use it?  What is the difference between my laptop and the NC?

 

I did try to access at McD's - it made me go to a web page and click on "free connect."  I connected to the WiFi, but I had no internet access.  I didn't give an option to pay either (not that I would have paid).

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nosirrahm wrote:

I don't get the no access to AT&T WiFi hot spots.  If I go to McD's and they are offering it and I can connect via my laptop, then why stop me on my nook?  McD's is offering it for my free usage and now we are going to limit the types of devices that can use it?  What is the difference between my laptop and the NC?

 

I did try to access at McD's - it made me go to a web page and click on "free connect."  I connected to the WiFi, but I had no internet access.  I didn't give an option to pay either (not that I would have paid).


This is AT&T and in your case McDonald's decision.  I don't think you read what has been said previously.  Wifi costs money.  AT&T has been eating some of the costs or probably using money from other customers to pay for free hotspots.  It was also good advertising.  However, more devices accessing anything wireless clogs the system, creating slowdowns for everyone or even denial of service at certain times. 

 

Think about one of the reasons television has moved from the old analog system to digital and why your old RCA no longer can access broadcasts without the convertor box.  The FCC needed access to the broadcast band that was being used by TVs for increased use of emergency service and other communications.  There were other reasons, but this was one. 

 

Wifi isn't going to remain free because it is a commodity just like anything else.  It's a radio broadcast and in order to create more bandwidth I believe they'd have to build more of an infrastructure capable of delivering it.  But then that also increases the possibility of interference, so....

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Re: Nook color - no free WiFi in AT&T hotspots

Where are we on this subject?  My husband and I purchased esp because we will be traveling extensively soon in a camper and we were counting on the free WIFI at B&N if nothing else was available!  I picked NOOKcolor after extensive research and we may still decide on mobile broadband to accompany us while traveling but I really liked the idea of free WIFI.  I feel the ads were definitely misleading.  Enough so to make me consider a return!  Please say it ain't so:smileysad:

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Minpinrose wrote:

Where are we on this subject?  My husband and I purchased esp because we will be traveling extensively soon in a camper and we were counting on the free WIFI at B&N if nothing else was available!  I picked NOOKcolor after extensive research and we may still decide on mobile broadband to accompany us while traveling but I really liked the idea of free WIFI.  I feel the ads were definitely misleading.  Enough so to make me consider a return!  Please say it ain't so:smileysad:


 

You can use free WiFi anywhere it is offered such as B&N, McDonalds, Starbucks, etc.  What you don't necessarily get is free access to AT&T hotspots.  

 

From the ColorNook FAQ on the website under support:

 

4.  Can I connect to AT&T WiFi Hotspots?


Yes, your NOOKcolor can connect to any AT&T Hotspot worldwide, just like any other Wi-Fi enabled device. Many AT&T Hotspots are free; however some AT&T Hotspots may charge a fee, such as those found at some hotels and airports. In addition, after connecting to an AT&T Hotspot, you may be required to launch the web Browser on your NOOKcolor to accept Terms and Conditions or enter additional information on a web page as required by the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot location where you are attempting to connect.

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Re: Nook color - web connectivity

We are going to travel a lot (US) and we are considering getting a wireless data plan and mobile broadband device which will support our PC and netbook.  3G or 4G, will this device also serve the nookcolor?  E-reading is the top priority, and we want basic web browsing and email on the road, so because I love my nook3G+wireless, I'd like to get a nookcolor instead of a tablet, but I need to be able to connect via our wireless data plan.  Any ideas?  Thanks

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Re: Nook color - web connectivity

No that will not help you with your Nook Color, you still need a wireless hotspot.


maryclare wrote:

We are going to travel a lot (US) and we are considering getting a wireless data plan and mobile broadband device which will support our PC and netbook.  3G or 4G, will this device also serve the nookcolor?  E-reading is the top priority, and we want basic web browsing and email on the road, so because I love my nook3G+wireless, I'd like to get a nookcolor instead of a tablet, but I need to be able to connect via our wireless data plan.  Any ideas?  Thanks


 

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If your considering a 3g/4g data plan then look at one of the MiFi from one of the carries.  Verzion,   Virgin Mobile and Possible ATT,  That will create a WIFI hotspot for up to 4 devices possible more at this time.

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03FLHT2 wrote:

If your considering a 3g/4g data plan then look at one of the MiFi from one of the carries.  Verzion,   Virgin Mobile and Possible ATT,  That will create a WIFI hotspot for up to 4 devices possible more at this time.


Make sure that whatever device you buy supports infrastructure networking.  NOOKColor won't connect to an ad-hoc network.

 

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Ya_Ya, Correct but the MIFI that the networks are giving away or selling for the contract are regular hotspots not ad-hoc as some of the phones create.  They work with all wifi enabled devices.  Just remember the Verzions only have them for you to pay for the usage. With the kids that get them most go over the data plan and that's where Verzions make their real money.

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03FLHT2 wrote:

Ya_Ya, Correct but the MIFI that the networks are giving away or selling for the contract are regular hotspots not ad-hoc as some of the phones create.  


 

This I didn't know.  

 

I've never really looked into them, but having heard the limitations of NOOKColor and knowing that the poster was going to be tied to paying a data plan monthly, I figured it would be a good question to make sure she asked. 

 

[Opens mouth, inserts foot.]  :smileyvery-happy:

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Re: Nook color - no free WiFi in AT&T hotspots

I just purchased my Nook color and I am having a hard time getting passed the connect to the wifi part. I have ATT/U-Verse I'm I able to use this to set up my wifi, if so, how do I set this up? 

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Re: Nook color - web connectivity

I had the Kindle 3G for a day or two and was not all that impressed, it got me very little info and finally quit. So wifi is more reliable.

 

Phone plans also will give you a useable 3G on iPhone or Android. I pay 15 dollars a month. I have Nook on the phone too.