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A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-09-29, 21:09 PM

I have just got my X201 Tablet and have only now started to explore it and to my delight I find a little summer pressie from Lenovo in the form of Mobile Broadband and GPS fitted but not asked for or included in the specs at purchase.

Today I have been running around looking for a Bluetooth GPS receiver to go with the Memory Map software I use but not able to find one. Only now I sat down to run through the options on my tablet and check to see if there were any updates on the Lenovo site and it reported that I had a GPS fitted, Thank goodness I didn't buy one.

 

A big Thanks to Lenovo for the hidden treasure within :)

 

Alistair

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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-09-29, 23:29 PM
someone's loss is your gain. enjoy.
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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-09-30, 19:39 PM

That's a good surprise! :-) Can i ask you what gps module do you have? Ericsson F3507g? Or a Qualcomm one?

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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-10-06, 21:38 PM

It is the Qualcomm one that is in, but there is no SIM card, as I spend most of my time out of the UK The Lenovo "prefered" option of Vodafone UK is a non starter I'll have to look at my service provider here (Telenet)

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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-10-09, 18:49 PM

I am really interested in the X201 with the GPS module - can you answer a few questions for me ?

 

Does it work with Memory Map ?

Is the GPS like SIRF - or does it work on mobile aerial signals to pinpoint your position ?

 

Does it take a SIm card ?

Is it possible to run an application that will enable you to make mobile calls ?

Can I use my T-Mobile SIM ?

 

I would have bought an Ipad if it was able to make calls from it !

 

Is there a car power lead ?

 

Any advice will be greatfully received

 

Chris

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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-10-09, 22:03 PM

The GPS is a serial device  outputing NMEA 0183 data and it works great with Memory Map, I was going to use an old TomTom bluetooth GPS receiver I had but the X201T works fine on it's own in the car even though I have a heated front screen.

The Thinkvantage options allow you to set up your mobile provider but mine seems to be optimised for Vodaphone, the sim card slot is under the battery next to where the battery connects to the tablet. To quote Laptops Direct "

R P: I'm interested in the Lenovo X201 Core i7 tablet PC. Can you tell me, does it have a 3G mobile internet capability and is it open to all networks or just a specific one?

 simon: Has 3G Mobile Broadband / HSDPA open to all networks "

No car lead, I had to get a seperate one (and the wife took it for her laptop!)

I'm not sure if you can make calls from it as I havn't put a sim card in it yet, where I live it is Mobistar/Telenet I'm going to be calling them on monday to find out if I can get a sim to work with it.

A friend has an iPad for Memory Map for use while off roading which is part of why I went for the tablet too you can see the iPad in action here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg5eViLXg30 one thing about the iPad was that an annoying message kept coming up on the screen telling you that you were out of phone coverage and was awkward to cancel especially on the rough terrain, the only downside I can see with Mem Map is that it always wants to do North UP and not track up which would be most helpful.

The Tablet also works with Autoroute for road navigation.

Must go and have a look to see if there are any phone apps that will work with the Qualcomm :)

 

Hope this Helps

Alistair.

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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-10-10, 17:29 PM

Cheers - yes it does answer most of my questions - funny - I too, want it for off-roading !

 

Now, I just need someone to say there is a mobile phone app for this machine - Skype at a pinch ?

 

Chris

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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-10-10, 21:01 PM

Well today I tried an O2 sim in the laptop and it tells me it won't work with this service provider and keeps asking me to insert a valid sim card, could be that I'm in Belgium but it does work in my iphone for 3G over here, I'm out the UK at the moment so options to try just now are limited, I will try the Telenet sim I have for my iPhone to see if that will work but that is for tomorrow.

Skype works, just tried it over my wifi connection.

I get a good connection on wireless N, better than the connection my son gets with his PS3 :)

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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-10-12, 11:06 AM

Had time to try diffrent SIM cards.

My Telenet (Mobistar) works, my O2 SIM from my UK iPhone works too but an older O2 SIM is not recognised at all and the tablet keeps asking me to insert a SIM.

 

The 3G mobile Broadband program does not support anything other than Vodaphone, but if you go to Access Connections then you can set up your connection there as long as your SIM is activated for data.

 

Hope this helps

 

Al.

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Re: A bit of a surprise! Mobile Broadband & GPS

2010-10-17, 7:27 AM

 


wrote:

It is the Qualcomm one that is in, but there is no SIM card, as I spend most of my time out of the UK The Lenovo "prefered" option of Vodafone UK is a non starter I'll have to look at my service provider here (Telenet)


 

"Qualcomm HS-USB Mobile Broadband Device XXXX"

If that is the case you have a "Gobi" (at least here!), in my case it is via Verizon Wireless which requires no sim card. Installed the Verizon application and you can activate from the app. Not sure what options you have in the UK, here the app. is called VZAccess Manager.

 

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