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s2kdriver80
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Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

When I ordered my T410s, I chose the "upgradeable" option.  What does that exactly mean?  Does this mean that I have all the hardware already pre-installed, and I just need a SIM card and a service plan?  I noticed what appears to be a SIM card slot underneath the battery.  Should have thought ahead when I ordered the ThinkPad and had them set it up ready to go from the beginning.  Thanks.

- Paul
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Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

Upgradable means you have the SIM slot and built-in antenna, but need to insert a WWAN mini PCI adapter like the Gobi 2000. So you have all the hardware except the WWAN adapter.

 

The WWAN adapter is easy to insert and not that expensive to buy so it's no big deal, but if you are going to use mobile broadband you could as well have bought the Gobi 2000 instead of upgradable.

 

You need a SIM card and a plan as well from a mobile network operator in your country.

 

-gan

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Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

Ah I see, thank you.  So I guess that extra $150 during configuration was just for that WWAN adapter piece.  Do you know if these integrated solutions have better RF performance and connectivity than those USB versions?

- Paul
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Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

 


@s2kdriver80 wrote:

Ah I see, thank you.  So I guess that extra $150 during configuration was just for that WWAN adapter piece.  Do you know if these integrated solutions have better RF performance and connectivity than those USB versions?


 

Yes, if the usb version doesn't have external antenna. They also use slightly less power than some of the usb version.

 

The biggest problem of the usb version is that tend to break apart or break the usb port, if you ever knocked the adapter when you use it. 

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Jin Li

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Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

Thanks lead_org.  Do you happen to know the list of providers that provide SIM cards for integrated laptop WWAN?  I was looking at T-Mobile but I could not find this option on their website.  I'm guessing only some providers offer this service.

 

Also, is the SIM reader in the laptop and/or the Gobi card locked in any way to a provider?  This way, I can use a US provider when I'm at home and when I'm overseas, I have the freedom to pop in a Vodafone/Cosmote/Orange SIM (to avoid roaming charges) and I'll be good to go with no issues.

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Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

i am not really an expert on the WWAN offering in USA. 

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Jin Li

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Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

Ah right sorry didn't see you're in Australia.  In any event, I hope that SIMs can be swapped at will.  Otherwise if you travel overseas often, being stuck with your home SIM and being charged exorbitant rates for roaming isn't cool.

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Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

Bananaman (moderator) knows quite a bit about the WWAN card offering in USA. 

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Jin Li

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Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

Thanks - PM'ed him.

- Paul
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Message 10 of 17

Re: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradeable vs. Gobi 2000

Hi all,

could I use Ericsson F3507g instead of Qualcomm Gobi 2000?

I already have the first type of device (from my old X200) and tryed to install in my new T410s, but without lucky! It doesn't work, my thinkpad is not able to see it!

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