Amazon confirms for me that they can “blacklist” a lost Kindle
As many of you know, one of my Kindles has been missing for quite some time now.
I had reported it to Amazon (and taken several other steps). The Kindle Customer Service rep also confirmed to me that, on request, they can “blacklist” it. I was told that “disabling” it was the same thing.
What this means is that the Kindle can not be registered by someone else.
The Kindle also will not then access the Whispernet (the Kindle’s wireless internet) at all. If it is simply deregistered, it apparently has some very limited Whispernet access (such as the ability to be registered from the device).
This is good news. I’ve added it into my second most popular post of all time, What to do if your Kindle is lost or stolen.
I do want to be clear, you do need to ask them to do this. Simply deregistering the device does not also “blacklist” it, which makes sense.
I was told that if my Kindle shows up again (I am the eternal optimist), I could call them and they could unblacklist it, so I could register it.
I’m not seeing this on the Help pages, by the way.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.