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T480s / SIM card

2020-03-19, 20:57 PM

Hello, 

 

I bought a SIM card to put in my computer  (T480s) and have access  to the Internet through mobile data. 

As I see a SIM card slot behind my computer, I assume mobile data connection should work. However, the SIM is in there and I cannot see it anywhere on my computer. Not working!

 

Maybe someone could help on this 

 

Thanks 

 

Ian

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Re:T480s / SIM card

2020-03-20, 21:43 PM

Approved wwan modems and their Lenovo p/n (FRU) could be found there

https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-t480s-type-20l7-20l8/20l7/parts/display/compatible

 

Choose "Wireless WWAN Modem" in the Commodity Type drop-down menu.

For your information - Fibocom L850 is more feature rich, faster (in theory and depending on the cellular operator infrastructure) but more expensive and very-very capricious (just search on the ThinkPad boards for this modem). Don't choose the China version (FRU 01AX791).

 

The stores to buy - official Lenovo accessories store in your country (the marketing p/ns differ, so search by the modem manufacturer p/n L830 and L850):

https://accessorysmartfind.lenovo.com/

 

...or aftermarket like ebay, aliexpress etc (search here by the FRU or marketing p/n, not by Fibocom p/n).



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Re:T480s / SIM card

2020-03-19, 21:04 PM

Welcome to the Community

 

The SIM card isn't enough. There should be wwan antennas kit and built-in wwan modem, their presence depends on the laptop specification. 

What's your laptop model code (MTM)?



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #Retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
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2020-03-19, 21:08 PM

this is it: 20L7-001PFR

thanks for your help

 

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2020-03-19, 21:13 PM

The laptop is wwan upgradeable - the wwan antennas kit is there, the modem is absent



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ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #Retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
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Re:T480s / SIM card

2020-03-19, 21:15 PM

http://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_T480s?M=20L7001PFR



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Re:T480s / SIM card

2020-03-19, 21:25 PM
What do you mean (sorry I am a beginner). Are you saying that my computer has awwam antenna kit integrated but does not have a modem? How can I upgrade my wwam? Do I only need to upgrade the wwam or do I also need to buy (install?) a modem? Thanks Ian
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2020-03-20, 7:31 AM

Are you saying that my computer has a wwam antenna kit integrated but does not have a modem?  

 

yes

 

How can I upgrade my wwam? Do I only need to upgrade the wwam or do I also need to buy (install?) a modem?  

 

you have to purchase the wwan modem and install it into the laptop physically.

Take a look at the short video below

https://download.lenovo.com/lts/RTPW1780/FOF/RTPW1780-T480s_REP_FRU_07_WirelessWANCard.mp4



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #Retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
ThinkPad Stack • 2.4/5 Wireless Router, HDD 1 TB, BT Speaker, Power Bank, Mobile Projector

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2020-03-20, 20:44 PM
Well, thanks so much. I'll do it. Last question, where do I buy this wwam modem? I imagine I need a specific one that is compatible with my laptop. Does Lenovo sell this modem? Ian
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2020-03-20, 21:43 PM

Approved wwan modems and their Lenovo p/n (FRU) could be found there

https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-t480s-type-20l7-20l8/20l7/parts/display/compatible

 

Choose "Wireless WWAN Modem" in the Commodity Type drop-down menu.

For your information - Fibocom L850 is more feature rich, faster (in theory and depending on the cellular operator infrastructure) but more expensive and very-very capricious (just search on the ThinkPad boards for this modem). Don't choose the China version (FRU 01AX791).

 

The stores to buy - official Lenovo accessories store in your country (the marketing p/ns differ, so search by the modem manufacturer p/n L830 and L850):

https://accessorysmartfind.lenovo.com/

 

...or aftermarket like ebay, aliexpress etc (search here by the FRU or marketing p/n, not by Fibocom p/n).



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #Retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
ThinkPad Stack • 2.4/5 Wireless Router, HDD 1 TB, BT Speaker, Power Bank, Mobile Projector

Do it well, worse becomes itself

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2020-03-21, 21:05 PM

Thanks for your help. I'll buy one. 

All the best

 

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