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Lenovo to provide options for cellular broadband connectivity

Lenovo is now offering options to add wireless broadband connectivity rate plans on ThinkPad T60 notebooks over EDGE and BroadbandConnect networks.

Lenovo ThinkPad T60's will be available, though we're not sure when, with the option to add wireless WAN connectivity with Cingular Data Connect plans starting at $59.99 a month. The configuration page for the T60, however, only shows the Verizon Wireless V620 Wireless WAN Card option with no mention of Cingular.

If you remember anything from 2005, Lenovo got together with Verizon Wireless to integrate Verizon's Wireless WAN connectivity over the EV-DO network in some of its notebooks. Until now it looked like an exclusive contract between the two but the T60 product page currently shows different. Could this be the end of Verizon+Lenovo for now or the beginning of a new triangle of wireless broadband love?



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A cheaper way…
By dmcanally on 6/22/2006 11:34:55 AM , Rating: 2
I don’t understand why anyone buys the data connection stuff. It is much cheaper to buy a G3 phone, an unlimited data plan for 20 a month and tether the phone to the laptop as a modem… Hell you can even tether via Bluetooth.




RE: A cheaper way…
By fbrdphreak on 6/22/2006 11:56:44 AM , Rating: 2
Because some people want a sub-3lbs notebook without stuff hanging off of it. Thinkpad X60s with EVDO comes in under 3lbs with dual core. Take it anywhere & everywhere with no things dangling off of it, and hardware supported by Lenovo.


RE: A cheaper way…
By Hare on 6/22/2006 12:44:46 PM , Rating: 2
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Because some people want a sub-3lbs notebook without stuff hanging off of it. Thinkpad X60s with EVDO comes in under 3lbs with dual core. Take it anywhere & everywhere with no things dangling off of it, and hardware supported by Lenovo.
Oh I see. How's this different than having a phone in your pocket and your laptop with built-in bluetooth? Nothing dangling and things just work. Cheap too. Works for me...


RE: A cheaper way…
By fbrdphreak on 6/22/2006 12:59:12 PM , Rating: 2
That's just another thing someone has to buy and maintain. Thinkpads are aimed towards busy business professionals who don't want hassle or complication, and money is not as much of a consideration as it is to you. They want a solid all-in-one package that does everything they need with little compromise, and if/when it doesn't work the way its supposed to, they have one number to call to get it fixed ASAP. Try to do that with your solution.


RE: A cheaper way…
By Hare on 6/22/2006 3:00:48 PM , Rating: 2
True. I should have read your post a bit more carefully specially the "some" part, before the word "people".


RE: A cheaper way…
By delta53 on 6/22/2006 1:05:49 PM , Rating: 2
With the $20 dollar plan for datalinks, there is a limited download. It says unlimited on the plan because it means only to the phone which will mean that surfing will consume very little bandwidth. Supposedly, the companies will charge you if you are downloading big files because they know that you cannot possible download 50Mb a month to only a phone. The $60 plans are truly unlimited.


So, Verison costs?
By Trisped on 6/22/2006 11:39:03 AM , Rating: 2
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with the option to add wireless WAN connectivity with Cingular Data Connect plans starting at $59.99 a month. The configuration page for the T60, however, only shows the Verizon Wireless V620 Wireless WAN Card option with no mention of Cingular.
So, how much do the Verizon plans cost?




RE: So, Verison costs?
By Knish on 6/22/2006 11:40:08 AM , Rating: 2
It's the same I think.


RE: So, Verison costs?
By fbrdphreak on 6/22/2006 11:55:43 AM , Rating: 2
Verizon is $60/month if you have a cell plan, $80/month without.


3G
By glennpratt on 6/22/2006 12:16:06 PM , Rating: 2
Make sure to get a 3G/UMTS card for Cingular. They make EDGE look like dial up here in Dallas. I got nearly 1 Mbps with low signal strength.




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