Verizon 1xEV-DO WWAN
From the TABOOK.PDF reference (Lenovo Training Solutions, Personal Systems Reference, November 2005 Number 299):
Some models: Wireless WAN Sierra Wireless 1xEV-DO Network Adapter, Mini PCIe Adapter, EV-DO/1xRTT, WWAN antenna on display, service contract reqd with VerizonÂ® Wireless.
WWAN: Requires service contract with Verizon; monthly service charges and airtime charges will apply. Roaming charges may also apply. Service not available in all areas. Verizon, not Lenovo, is solely responsible for the Verizon Wireless service. Visit the following Web site for more information: www.verizonwireless.com.
First Notebook to Integrate High Speed EV-DO Wireless WAN (9/19/2005) The Z60m and Z60t are the first standard notebooks ever to integrate a high-speed, Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO)(5) wireless wide area network (WWAN) antenna for Verizon Wireless Broadband Access. The built-in WWAN antenna helps avoid many of the pitfalls associated with PC cards, including hardware incompatibility and fragile, easily damaged antennas protruding from the computer. Verizon Wirelessâ€™ network features one of the fastest connection rates in the U.S. with average speeds between 400-700 kilobytes per second (kbps). It also provides another layer of data security and protection, as it isn't susceptible to the same vulnerabilities as a shared hot spot connection, such as data theft.
Several innovative multimedia features â€” including hot keys to control application functions and ports to easily upload digital images and video â€” make the Z Series optimal for business or home use, including presentations, multimedia and DVD movies.
"One of the trends we're seeing in small businesses is that the line between work and home is blurring," said Chuck Sharp, vice president, Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance (ITSPA). "It's not efficient to spend money on separate pieces of technology for all aspects of your life. Time is at such a premium, that small businesses are looking for technology that not only improves their productivity at work, but also allows them to maximize their personal time â€” at home and when traveling."
Also of interest:
T60p model works fine under Linux (SuSE 10.1) if you can get it activated and powered on, and apply various hotplug scripts and PPPD scripts.
Initial service activation was done under Windows -- not sure if this is necessary.
Generally it works under Linux. Occasionally after a fresh boot, it will not connect with an apparent failure to power on the device. The only solution seems to be to reboot into Windows, connect from there, reboot into linux, switch the wireless power switch off and on again, then connect. Then it works fine again. (There must be a better way!)
Z60 model was report to work always (without the Windows shenanigans).