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10-25-2008

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SIM card in battery compartment -- what is it?

2009-02-06, 14:33 PM

While installing my battery today I noticed a SIM card

slot in the battery compartment (hidden by battery).

 

There is a placeholder card in there -- not a real SIM

card.  I'm wondering if this isn't for cellular internet?

 

How do I found out if I have the hardware inside to

use the SIM card or if they just install the place holder

in every model?

 

If it isn't for internet, what is it?

 

Thanks,

Tony

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12-20-2008

Australia, Melbourne

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Re: SIM card in battery compartment -- what is it?

2009-02-06, 14:42 PM

It is for the broadband internet, the slot is present in every model regardless whether you have the hardware installed. You can find out whether you got the broadband hardware installed, by checking in your parts list.

 

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?doctypeind=10&template=%2Fpartslookup%2FpartsLookup.vm&sitestyle=lenovo

 

 

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Jin Li

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Re: SIM card in battery compartment -- what is it?

2009-02-06, 15:03 PM

Wow that was quick.  Thanks.

Couldn't really decipher the list, though.  The only mention of WLAN was

for a "Label"

 

Nonetheless, I don't recall ordering the wlan option.. I was surprised to find

the dummy SIM in there.

 

Does this mean I could opt to install it as an accessory?

Or is it one of those "soldered to the motherboard" things?

 

Thanks.

-Tony

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Re: SIM card in battery compartment -- what is it?

2009-02-06, 16:02 PM
The card is not soldered to the motherboard, but a card that fits into the PCIexpress slot.
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11-06-2008

Denmark

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Re: SIM card in battery compartment -- what is it?

2009-02-07, 8:45 AM

Back when I ordered my w500, I read a about the sim-holder and thought that meant I had the option to use mobile broadband if I inserted my sim from my otherwise usb-dongle for the same purpose, but nothing happened. Turned out I needed that Ericsson card, wich I then ordered and inserted myself just under the keyboard. In short it's called wwan card, and it also contains GPS, so I was even able to discard my old trustworthy bluetooth gps receiver after installing this thing. (do note the antennas for the gps and mobile broadband are in the screen, so you need to be outside with the machine, or close to a window for a gps signal, as to where I could just place my old bluetooth receiver somewhere with clear sky, and reach it with bluetooth from my laptop)

It was about 180-200$

Message Edited by OrosAraba on 02-07-2009 12:46 AM
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