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January 08, 2010

Setting Up 3G on an Acer 1420P (The PDC Laptop)

I was at PDC09 this year and while the conference was quite good, I think it's safe to say that the high point of the conference was the giveaway of a brand new Acer 1420P laptop. The laptop is pretty awesome, it came loaded with Windows 7 Ultimate and Office 2010 Beta among other things. It also has a touch screen and other interesting sensors.

I was intrigued by the "3G" sticker and tried to figure out what that meant. I thought perhaps I could trade in my iPhone for a notebook that could make all my calls, but perhaps that is a bit over the top on the geek scale. I did figure that since I have an iPhone with 3G I could probably figure out how to make it work with my notebook.

Here is what I did.

I went to the Acer site and poked around for drivers and/or tools that might be useful I also poked around in the device manager to try and figure out what 3G device I have installed.

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I have the HUAWEI Mobile Connect card. Never heard of them, but they must be big players in the 3g card space.

Armed with this knowledge I downloaded a tool called Mobile Partner that was recommended for my device. I installed the software and gave it a test run.

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I shut down my laptop, removed the battery and found the slot for the SIM card. I shutdown my iPhone and pulled the SIM card from it and put in the PC. I then replaced the battery and powered it up.

Now when I ran the Mobile Partners application it recognized the card and I was on my way. I selected the tools->options menu item and poked around a bit. I found profile management and created a new profile for my AT&T account.

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All I really had to do was to correctly enter the APN and then save the profile. Then simply connect to the 3G network using the Connect option on the main page (selecting the new profile of course). And just like that, I was surfing the 3G network using my PC. What was really amazing was how fast the 3G network was as compared to my iPhone which is quite a dog on 3G. So there it is. 3G using your AT&T iPhone SIM. How cool is that?

Posted by Hefe at January 8, 2010 08:08 PM

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