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mckemie wrote:FINALLY got it done but not tested. The TMobile phone system was even worse than expected; I spent more than an hour in three sessions. Two dead ends followed by one success.
For those that follow this path:
1) the needed phone number is on the SIM card punch out. 877 234 4299
If you wade through the system and get to the right place, you will need the following:
2) the SIM number off of SIM card punch out
3) the "IMEI" number. It is printed (gray on black) on a sticker on the back of the computer.
Good luck to all!
I can finally report success. Getting 4g to work and getting the T-Mobile account access was a real pain. I made two ~30 mile trips to the service area and finally another 30 mile trip to a T-Mobile retail store. But, as near as I can tell, the device works perfectly. Battery will run in several hours. I learned to use the touchpad and how to work around the missing keys. Best of all, my T-Mobile account indicates I will get 200mb/month for ever and I see how to buy extra time when needed. Now, if only I could turn the thing into a hotspot.
Linksys notebook adapters 11/30/05
WD 250 gig HD 1/11/06
2 gig USB drives 1/3/07
Jumbo universal remote 2/12/08
eMachines Notebook 1/28/09
Seagate FreeAgent Dockstar 6/23/10