iReaderReview reports interesting piece of news. Someone has started a project to hack the Kindle for use with European wireless networks. It looks like they’ve already managed to switch the modem and add a SIM card, but haven’t yet figured out the software end of the mod.
If you want to make your Kindle’s hardware compatible with European networks, the process seems fairly straightforward. Just take the device apart, add the above mentioned pieces to the puzzle, and zip it back up. But be warned: you won’t actually be able to use wireless until someone releases the requisite software hack.
A fun fact from the project: the hardware is designed in a way that adding your own SIM card is ridiculously easy. Some would even argue that the Kindle was actually meant to be modded for Europe. I find it unlikely that Amazon had hackers in mind, but they probably did design the device with Europe somewhat in mind. Once the Kindle does hit Europe, the hardware will be more or less ready to go without any real changes in the manufacturing process.