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momoSRT
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Can you bypass WIFI and just use 3G

I am wondering if there is a way to bypass the WIFI connection and JUST use the 3G network.  I'll tell you why:  I am a teacher and I can connect to my WIFI with my Nook but the same pages that are blocked due to the school network are blocked on my Nook when I use WIFI.  I'd like to be able to use just the 3G so I can reach those pages (like my home email) while at school.  Is this possible?  Thank you!!

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RHWright
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Re: Can you bypass WIFI and just use 3G

The web browser is Wi-Fi only.

 

You can turn off the Wi-Fi and just run 3G, but you will be limited to shopping B&N through the "Shop" feature, checking for new content in your B&N Library and, if it matters, your Daily will update.

 

No other features are currently enabled though 3G.

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momoSRT
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Re: Can you bypass WIFI and just use 3G

Well, that's interesting...I was told when I bought it that you could use the 3G to surf the web in places not supported by WIFI.  Hmmm....thanks for the info.  I thought I was going nuts!

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icebike
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Re: Can you bypass WIFI and just use 3G

Who told you that?

 

It certainly does not say that in any of the advertising.  

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gstone
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Re: Can you bypass WIFI and just use 3G


icebike wrote:

Who told you that?

 

It certainly does not say that in any of the advertising.  


Advertising is not the only source of information nor is barnesandnoble.com. I had never been in a Barnes and Noble store or visited barnesandnoble.com prior to purchasing a nook.

 

When I did go into the Barnes and Noble store to make the purchase, some of the information I received there turned out to be incorrect.

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Ya_Ya
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Re: Can you bypass WIFI and just use 3G

 


gstone wrote:

Advertising is not the only source of information nor is barnesandnoble.com.

 

[SNIP]

 

When I did go into the Barnes and Noble store to make the purchase, some of the information I received there turned out to be incorrect.


 

As to Point 1, only official releases from B&N should be counted upon to be accurate.  You can't hold B&N responsible for something you were told by XXX who has absolutely no connection to B&N.  (Whether XXX is a major news source, your best friend's sister's uncle, or a "trusted" online reviewing source.)

 

As to Point 2, that IS a major faux pas on the part of B&N, and they should certainly be made aware of their employee's errors.  It shouldn't have happened, and B&N absolutely is accountable for any information disseminated in their name.

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gstone
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Re: Can you bypass WIFI and just use 3G

@ya ya

 

I think you missed the point. If it were not for those other sources of information I would still not know that a nook existed. Product reviews however, can form the basis of your expectations when purchasing a product otherwise Barnes and Noble would not be posting links to the CNET review of the Nook.  No one said anything about holding Barnes and Noble responsible for information from other sources or even their own advertisements puffing (10 days between charges).

 

As for B&N being responsible for and "accountable for any information disseminated in their name", that may be technically correct.  I don't expect a salesperson to know everything there is to know about every item sold in a store. There was no intentional deception of facts on the part of the salesperson I talked to but there probably was miscommunication. The salesperson I talked to was trying to be helpful in a busy store at the time.

 

An example of miscommunication;

 

Customer: What is the difference between WiFi\3G and WiFi Only?

 

Salesperson: You can download eBooks over the AT&T 3g network or a WiFi connection with the WiFi\3g model. With the WiFi Only model you can only download over a WiFi Connection.

 

Customer: Does the 3g model connect to the internet?

 

Salesperson: Yes.

 

What the customer is asking; is internet browsing available via 3g? What the salesperson is answering is yes you can connect to the internet via WiFi or 3g is connecting to the internet to download books from barnesandnoble.com, take your pick. The customer walks away thinking he can use the browser over 3g. The salesperson shifts his attention to the next customer who has been bouncing up and down behind his back the whole time.

 

The salesperson gave a technically correct answer to the question and the customer walked away with an incorrect assumption.

 

One last note, my dealings with Barnes and Noble at all levels has been one of my better experiences with any retailer.

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