After using my x301 for 4 years, its time for a new notebook. I'm looking at the x230 but I have a specific WWAN questions. I'm considering purchasing the Gobi 4000 for At&t for the road.
1) Are these WWAN devices carrier locked? If I travel abroad, can I throw in a different sim in? I know the LTE bands are US, but it does have international HSPA+ bands.
2) Does At&t or T-Mobile USA have proprietary software i have to use to "dial-in" to use the LTE/HSPA+ services? Meaning, can I configure the APN settings through windows (assuming sierra's drivers are installed) or will I require lenovo's access connections and/or 3rd party?
Thanks a bunch!
I have a X230T purchased new in August, 2012 with a Sierra Wireless MC8355 Gobi 3000 HS USB Modem. I'm running Windows 8 Pro as my OS and a driver from Lenovo Windows 7 for the wireless card.
After installing the driver and setting up the wireless modem account, you can use Windows 8 Pro built in software to connect to the network. I used a Lenovo buy-a-session to test it out, since I rarely need the wireless wan card and I didn't want to pay ongoing fees. I almost always have a WIFI connection. However, when the monthly cost to add a device to my AT&T Wireless account comes down, I'll keep the WWAN card active all the time.
I hope this helps.
X230T with Win8Pro x64, i7, 500gb ssd; W700 WUXGA RAID 1 Blu-Ray W7Pro x64, occasionally a T61p with Win7Pro x64
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