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Kindle Dipole 26.5mm cellular antenna - Top

The Kindle uses Amazon's trademarked Whispernet service to wirelessly download material. Whispernet uses Sprint's EVDO data network. The Kindle appears to have two cellular antennas--a dipole 26.5mm antenna (shown here) and an antenna built into the keypad PCB.

Before lifting the main PCB away from the Kindle's case, you need to disconnect the antenna wires from each antenna. On this antenna, the connector is on the underside and difficult to disconnect without first removing the antenna from the case.

The antenna is held to the case with small amount of adhesive. Gently pry the antenna away from the case, taking care not to break it. With the antenna free from the case, you can disconnect the wire.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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