Lenovo, the Chinese computer company, has joined hands with Qualcomm in order to offer a multi-carrier feature to its ThinkPad tablet. Lenovo claims that after having this feature, the device will become the first Android tablet featuring this technology.
Now the ThinkPad will have an option with which the users will be able to include Qualcomm’s Gobi 3000 wireless Internet chip. By doing this, they will be allowed to connect to any major mobile broadband carrier service in US, without even changing their hardware device. With this feature, their device will also support global roaming on High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and Evolution-Data Optimized (EVDO) networks.
This technology may not be of great use to users who do not travel too much. But the mobility of these devices will convince more people who want to have 3G access almost anywhere, to carry them on holidays or business trips.
Fram Akiki, senior director, Product Management, Qualcomm, said that the Gobi 3000 solution has been designed to make 3G connectivity for mobile computing devices simpler. He added that with Gobi, the IT departments of Enterprises will be able to buy 3G enabled tablet PCs, deploy to their offices across the globe and allow them to subscribe to their individually preferred carrier service providers.
When you check the online store of Lenovo, you will find that the Gobi chip is offered only by 32GB and 64GB versions. It is not offered by 16GB models. After adding this feature, the price of the device has also increased by US$ 130. Therefore, before spending your hard-earned money, you will have to think twice. Go for it only if you are a frequent traveler and you really need this feature.
As of now, this feature is not available for European and UK-based carriers. But within a short period of time, the users will be able to switch between networks as they keep traveling across Europe.