10-23-2010 12:55 PM - edited 10-23-2010 01:05 PM
I am an insurance salesman, not an IT guy, so it was a painful experience, but I got it done.
When delivered, I had chosen configured for WWAN. I discovered that I had to now order a Wireless card. That done, I followed the picture for installation that one needs a magnifying glass to read. There is no instructions on how to hook up the wires to the card, and I had to struggle to get the wires to lay in a manner that would allow me to close everything up. The first couple of tries resulted in the wires popping off as soon as I tried to secure the card in its slot.
Next was getting a mobile broadband data plan. I chose Verizon and wanted a minimum monthly plan. To choose the Lenovo option would mean a 2 year committment at the highest price per month. The only problem is that few people at Verizon know how to set this up. I was transferred to a tech I think may be in Atlanta, but he was the only Verizon tech that understood what I wanted. You have to insist to Verizon that you have an embedded chip wireless card. They will try their best to get you to install a USB dongle. With the Gobi chip, your equipment is customer provided (CPE) so Verizon will allow you a month to month contract and no cancellation charges. I found out that I could make a small software change and get the Gobi to work with Sprint, so I am waiting to see how Verizon works out. If I don't like them, I can switch without it costing an arm and a leg.
After I received my Verizon phone number, I registered and logged into my Verizon account and downloaded VZ access manager. Once that was installed, I could then access Verizon broadband.
Note: Make sure you select Fn-F5 to set the WWAN on. (BTW... you can't have both WWAN and Wi-Fi on at the same time)
Lastly, a note about Lenovo ToolVantage... since I did not use the Lenovo Verizon setup, it constantly tries to get me to select this option, which I deny, resulting in a warning message that I can't extinguish. Lenovo needs to fix this.