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Eagle1_Fox2
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X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards

This may seem like a stupid question, so forgive me.

 

I am wanting to purchase the x230, and thinking about getting the gobi 4000 card.  However, my questions is this:

 

I have a Verizon Wireless plan with truly unlimited data... one of those that got grandfathered in.

 

Now, can I take the sim card out of my phone, plug it into the gobi card in the x230, and get Internet access?

 

Thanks.

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Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards

Will you get Sierra Wireless mc7750 card (Gobi 4000 for Verizon Wireless, FRU 0A36318) inside of your laptop or install it yourself? If the answer is "yes", my answer for your question is "yes".

But as I know Verizon doesn't need sim card for internet access, you just need to activate your modem with plan in carrier' network using Lenovo Mobile Broadband application. Download it from the site.



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Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards

Verizon is CDMA - how come do you have a SIM card?

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Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards

Yes, I actually plan on buying the x230 "mobile broadband ready" and then buying the "Gobi 4000 for Verizon Wireless, FRU 0A36318" seperately at a far cheaper price and installing it myself.  So you are saying all I would need is that card and after setting up the program, I could have Internet access?

 

If so, that's what I thought, but I don't really want to have to pay X amount for the extra plan.  I was hoping to be able to use my existing Verizon Wireless unlimited data plan on my phone and use that in the computer.  If that is possible, would putting in the sim card allow that to happen?

 

EDIT: And to ceb.  Yes, I have the Droid Charge through Verizon and it has a sim card on it.  I apologize if I am not more knowledgeable in this area, but explain CDMA to me please.

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Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards

The Lenovo GOBI 4000 is only $170 as a configured option. How are you getting it at a far cheaper price?

 

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards

Hello,

 

Some Verizon phones are configured for international use and have a SIM card.  My work phone, a BlackBerry Bold 9900 series, has a SIM card beneath the battery labedl "Verizon Wireless | Vodafone" and works from outside the US in Europe.

 

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@ceb wrote:

Verizon is CDMA - how come do you have a SIM card?


 



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Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards


@goretsky wrote:

Hello,

 

Some Verizon phones are configured for international use and have a SIM card.  My work phone, a BlackBerry Bold 9900 series, has a SIM card beneath the battery labedl "Verizon Wireless | Vodafone" and works from outside the US in Europe.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

 


Correct, but Verizon uses the SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module) only for international access. The Droid (or any other VZW (or Sprint) ) phones use CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology which does not require the SIM card.

 

In order to use the SIM card, one has to set up (and pay for) international access - just plugging the SIM card in will do nothing.

 

It should also be noted that the WWAN cards are "whitelisted" - meaning that only a Lenovo supplied card will work (without BIOS modifications) so plugging in a VZW (Verizon Wireless) supplied card most likely will not work.

 

SIM cards are used for GSM networks. In the US, only AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM (Global System for Mobile) technology for phones.

 

For VZW and Sprint users, all of the network access in the US is via CDMA and the SIM card is an unactivated (and useless) chip until you activate it for international use. Most Sprint international use phones are unlocked and you can use a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM card in them to get on those networks but the VZW SIM in the phone is useless in the US.

 

Any data plans on VZW are for using the CDMA network only. AFAIK, there are no VZW US phone/data plans that use the SIM card.

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Message 8 of 12

Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards

Ah. Makes sense now and thank you for the clarification. I have a sim card because I believe it is necessary to operate on Verizon's 4G network.
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Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards

Right. I keep forgetting about LTE since I'm still stuck in a 3G world.

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Message 10 of 12

Re: X230 question regarding the Gobi 4000 mobile broadband cards


@ceb wrote:

SIM cards are used for GSM networks.

 


SIM cards are used with GSM 2G networks and UMTS 3G networks.

 

 

 

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