Using HP Mobile Broadband (select models only)
HP Mobile Broadband enables your computer to use wireless wide area networks (WWANs) to access
the Internet from more places and over larger areas than it can by using WLANs. Using HP Mobile
Broadband requires a network service provider (called a mobile network operator), which in most cases
is a mobile phone network operator. Coverage for HP Mobile Broadband is similar to mobile phone voice
When used with mobile network operator service, HP Mobile Broadband gives you the freedom to stay
connected to the Internet, send e-mail, or connect to your corporate network whether you are on the
road or outside the range of Wi-Fi hotspots.
The activation requirements for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Global System for Mobile
Communications (GSM) are different as CDMA requires an MEID and GSM requires a SIM plus the
HP Mobile Broadband supports the following technologies:
HSPA (High Speed Packet Access), which provides access to networks based on the GSM
For HSPA service activation, you may need the HP Mobile Broadband Module International Mobile
Equipment Identity (IMEI) number to activate mobile broadband service. The IMEI number is
printed on a label inside the battery bay of your computer.
HSPA mobile network operators require the use of a subscriber identity module (SIM). A SIM
contains basic information about you, such as a personal identification number (PIN), as well as
Some computers include a SIM that is preinstalled in the battery bay. If the SIM is not preinstalled,
it may be provided in the packet of HP Mobile Broadband information provided with your computer,
or the mobile network operator may provide it separately from the computer.
For information on inserting and removing the SIM, refer to the “Inserting a SIM” and “Removing a
SIM” sections in this chapter.
EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized), which provides access to networks based on the CDMA
You may need the HP Mobile Broadband Module Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID) to activate mobile
broadband service. The MEID is printed on a label inside the battery bay of your computer.
For information on HP Mobile Broadband and how to activate service with a preferred mobile network
operator, refer to the HP Mobile Broadband information included with your computer. For additional
information, see the HP Web site at
http://www.hp.com/go/mobilebroadband (U.S. only).
Inserting a SIM
CAUTION: When inserting a SIM, position the card with the slanted corner as shown in the illustration.
If a SIM is inserted backwards or upside down, the battery may not snap into place properly and could
damage the SIM and the SIM connector.
To prevent damage to the connectors, use minimal force when inserting a SIM.
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