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mludwig
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Registered: ‎02-03-2008
Location: Romania
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upgrading wwan on the x220

Hi all,

 

Today I received my new x220 tablet, replacing a 3 year old R61, which died of system board failure. I am still not sure, if I made the right choice, as I had a lot of issues with the R61 Thinkpad. I had to replace the fan and the battery twice, then the ungrateful sob just died on me.

 

Anyway, I have been playing with the x220 and was wondering what mini pci-e wwan modules could I get. Is there a Lenovo page offering Lenovo-branded modules? Could I just go out on the web and buy one? What software is needed to make it work?

 

Cheers

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jyeah
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Registered: ‎12-06-2010
Location: United States
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Re: upgrading wwan on the x220

You will need a Lenovo employee to confirm with you whether or not the mini pci-e wwan port is whitlisted in the BIOS. Otherwise, if you get non-Lenovo branded modules it might not work.

 

I'd like to find out as well.

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dieda
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Registered: ‎07-12-2011
Location: Budapest, Hungary
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Re: upgrading wwan on the x220

Bump: me made a mistake and ordered the X220 wihtout the WWAN card (thought the "upgradable" option meant a basic card present). So I am also curious where to find such a list and how to mantle the card once I've got it delivered. Reordering is not an option unfortunately.

 

 

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bananaman
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Registered: ‎04-25-2008
Location: San Francisco
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Re: upgrading wwan on the x220

Hi All, and welcome Dieda!

The whitelisted cards are shown in the Hardware Maintenance Manual:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/guides-and-manuals/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-39298

Hope this helps!
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mludwig
Posts: 58
Registered: ‎02-03-2008
Location: Romania
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Re: upgrading wwan on the x220

I ended up buying the Thinkpad Sierra Gobi 3000 module, which works, no surprise there.

 

However, there seems to be little help material on how SIM cards are handled, whether you need a reboot or not, if Windows 7 can be used to activate a subscription or how Access Connection can be used to do just that. Can someone explain it to me or point me to some reading materials?

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bananaman
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Registered: ‎04-25-2008
Location: San Francisco
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Re: upgrading wwan on the x220

Hi mludwig!

 

How to orient the SIM card:

 

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Correct-orientation-for-ThinkPad-X220-SIM-card...

 

Software to activate:

 

http://support.lenovo.com/en_SA/downloads/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-68495

 

Hope this helps!

I don't work for Lenovo. I'm a crazy volunteer!