Yet I can remove either Gobi 5000 card and install it into a T440s and it comes up without any issue.I've tried taking a working and activated Gobi 5000 card out of a T440s and putting it into the X1 Carbon, yet the X1 Carbon refuses to recognize the device exists in Device Manager.
So they were slow to roll-out an UMTS network or upgrade their existing mobile network from GPRS to 3G or even 3.5G capacity.
Thankfully another provider jumped into the gap left by Globe, rolled out and extended their 3G network and these days is years ahead compared to Globe Telecom, except maybe in the Metro Manila areas. There are some minor mobile providers in the Philippines like Sun Cellular or TM, but the first only offers 3G services in the Manila area, the latter is a mere budget-reseller of Globe services without the internet access option.
So all the way until the mid 90’s the country was one of the laggards in regards to internet access, with Dial-up speeds and slow dedicated lines ruling the access options.
Due to the high penetration rates of mobile phones, business leaders soon recognized the great potential for mobile phone based or wireless internet options: So when 3G/UMTS as an extension of then slower GPRS for GSM came along, the Philippines were at the forefront of its adoption.
There are volume-based alternatives also, but they are currently not competitive.
You can either access the internet with your mobile phone or use one the USB sticks/modems provided by the providers.
I may have just had an idiot VZW rep, but no matter how many times he tried to activate a micro SIM (or even a nano SIM), it failed.
He could only activate a mini SIM card, so I manually cut the mini down to micro.
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