Amazon has confirmed that its recently announced Kindle Touch 3G will only browse the web over Wi-Fi.
Previously, Amazon allowed owners of its Kindle 3G devices to download books anywhere, in addition to browsing the web via the eReaders “experimental” browser, making use of free 3G wireless with no annual contracts or monthly fees.
The online retailer apologized for any confusion and explained that the new Kindle Touch 3G enables users to connect to the Kindle Store and access Wikipedia all over 3G or Wi-Fi, however experimental browsing outside of those sites will only be available over Wi-Fi. Amazon promised that its third-generation Kindle eReader, now dubbed the Kindle Keyboard 3G, will continue to offer experimental browsing over 3G or Wi-Fi.
Amazon subsidizes 3G connections on its devices, once through Sprint, and now AT&T. The move to limit browsing is obviously a cost concern.