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    Default What is the WWAN option?

    I have been specing t61s for several weeks now in preparation for a purchase and I just noticed the addition of an internal WWAN option. Is this worth getting? I wasn't planning on getting the turbo memory anyway. I also don't plan on subscribing to a WWAN service anytime soon. Does getting the antenna change the case at all? Will I have to buy anything else to convert it to whatever carrier I may eventually end up subscribing to? What is the advantage to getting the internal antenna anyway - the order form still lists a provider card for Verizon or ATT. Do these cards not stick out like the old ones since there is now an internal antenna? Do they still go in the express card slot?

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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    It's free with the T series. Last time I checked it was anyways.

    If you plan on having the service through a cell phone company you will probalby save some money.

    If not you will not need it.


    If you don't have it you can usually add a pc express card type to get it.

    It's new technology that will work off of the WiMAXX.

    All the new Centrino 2 mobile platforms will have it integrated.
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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    actually it won't work on wimaxx... and it's not integrated, it's an option

    it EVDO for internet access on a cell network

    verizon, sprint, and att have them

    more info here
    http://www.evdoinfo.com

    i use verizon evdo.. it's pretty nice
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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcovelli View Post
    actually it won't work on wimaxx... and it's not integrated, it's an option

    it EVDO for internet access on a cell network

    verizon, sprint, and att have them

    more info here
    http://www.evdoinfo.com

    i use verizon evdo.. it's pretty nice


    Maby that is why Lenovo is giving it away for free. It's on the verge of being outdated.
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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    The cell carriers probably paid for that part anyways hoping that they would get some customers through that. If not then its just a $5 antenna?

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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    it's only free when you sign up for the service... which is $80/month for 1 year or $60 for two years

    and verizon activates new EVDO areas for 4,000 people a day... so it's now where near the verge of being outdated

    wimaxx is at least a year away... and 3 or so for it to be mainstream
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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    By all means get it. I paid about $330 after market for it.

    I use it. It means internet availablity everywhere. You do have to buy a contract. Verizon wants $60.00 month or you can get a plan where you pay $15 a day. This is very much more than a $5,00 antenna.

    Btw, adding the antennas after market is one of the most arduous things you can do to your machine.

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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    But right now they are offering the antenna for free with the option of getting the internal card or not. So if you don't get a card then there is no monthly fees right? You can just get the card at a later time?

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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    Is the WWAN card locked to Verizon or can it be used with any local carrier which has a HSDPA service?
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    Default Re: What is the WWAN option?

    IMO it may use up power. Just an extra part in my machine that isn't being used.


    For this reason I would just wait for Intel WiMax to get going. It shouldn't be much longer and should be better.
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