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laragungun
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Registered: ‎06-26-2010
Location: oslo
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Thinkpad 3G / WWAN - No Good - Faulty marketing

I bought a Thinkpad Edge 13 with 3G module and sim-card reader (Type 0196-2EG).

 

However - it seems it is locked to a single network, the American  "Verizon Wireless"

 

 

This is the message I get hen trying to activate my 3G-card using Lenovo toolbox:

 

Congratulations on the purchase of your Lenovo ThinkPad notebook, featuring Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband Built-In.

 

Then I get two options: Sign up - or Close

 

My conclusion is that this card only works with "Verizon Wireless". Which is really a joke . I bought it and I'm going to use it in Norway.

 

Am I correct in this assumption or have I missed something? Anyone else having experiences with similar problems?

henk
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Re: Thinkpad 3G / WWAN - No Good - Faulty marketing

I also have a 0196-2EG.

 

You have to create a Location Profile manually.

 

My Edge 13 was delivered with a vodafone SIM. I now am using a t-mobile SIM for which I needed to create a Location Profile in Access Connections manually. It shouldn't be to difficult to do this.

 

I hope your edge 13 will live longer than mine. Mine has died two times in nearly three months time.

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Re: Thinkpad 3G / WWAN - No Good - Faulty marketing

depending on the WWAN card model that you optioned on the thinkpad it can be locked to a single carrier, but that would be obvious during the configuration step during online orderinging. 

Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
laragungun
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Re: Thinkpad 3G / WWAN - No Good - Faulty marketing

PROBLEM SOLVED

 

Thanks for answering!

 

But now I found a solution. When opening LenovoThinkVantage Tools - You should NOT choose "3G Mobile Boradband" in order to start using your 3G mobile broadband. This is a distraction - taking you to a built in VerizonWireless sign-up process. 

 

Faulty Marketing.! Say no more. 

 

If you instead choose "Internet connections" from the same meny, you can choose HSDPA and enter your pin code and be up and running on your preferred 3G network - that is using ANY SIM-card supporting 3G. I used the one I have in my cell-phone. 

 

So it seems that everything works.

 

If you have a "locked" 3G card - it's all another story I guess

 

unappropriated comment removed 

McPanda
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Location: Denmark
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Re: Thinkpad 3G / WWAN - No Good - Faulty marketing

I had the same issues when trying to activate my 3g card. Only i got the Contact your carrier message. Not brilliant design Could be better guys.

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