Do you find the LTE option in your laptop useful?

Do you find the LTE option in your laptop useful?

  • Yes, I use it all the time.

    Votes: 6 42.9%
  • No, I have it but almost never uses it.

    Votes: 3 21.4%
  • Somewhat

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • No idea as I have not tried it

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Want to have it but availability or cost of data plan makes it not idea to use.

    Votes: 3 21.4%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 1 7.1%

  • Total voters
    14

hajime

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Some laptops such as certain Thinkpad allows the customers to add a LTE option. Do you find it useful?
 

Never mind

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We had a hurricane here in Florida and the power went out for four days. It was most useful without a doubt. However, we can opt out of the plan at any time and opt in again if we need it.
 

hajime

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Sometimes I get on the bus, change the glasses, take out an ipad and iphone, turn on lte to tether the devices. Before I get off, do the opposite.

The extra steps are annoying.

My isp told me that if I want data on an extra device, I have to pay double the cost.
 

Roadstar

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Sep 24, 2006
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I wish I had LTE on my Surface Book. It’s like a Wifi iPad vs. an LTE one. I used LTE much more when I didn’t have to bother with all the extra steps related to tethering and keep track of two different batteries.
 

hajime

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If I am going to get a Thinkpad X1C7 or X1Y4, I would rather have LTE than HDR screen.

Tethering between iPhone and iPad is easy but when I tried to tether my X1Y3 to iPhone, the computer could not find it. How come?
 

Starship67

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Oct 28, 2017
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We had a hurricane here in Florida and the power went out for four days. It was most useful without a doubt. However, we can opt out of the plan at any time and opt in again if we need it.
Nice. You would’ve thought the power to the cell towers was out too.
 

SDColorado

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Nov 6, 2011
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If I am going to get a Thinkpad X1C7 or X1Y4, I would rather have LTE than HDR screen.

Tethering between iPhone and iPad is easy but when I tried to tether my X1Y3 to iPhone, the computer could not find it. How come?
Don't know. I have always had zero problems tethering, regardless of iPad, Macbook Pro in the past, Surface Devices, etc. It just finds my phone as a Personal Hotspot or can tether via bluetooth. It has always worked well, which is good since I often have to do presentations in restaurant/hotel meeting areas and sometimes their WiFi can be spotty to non-existant.
 
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hajime

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Don't know. I have always had zero problems tethering, regardless of iPad, Macbook Pro in the past, Surface Devices, etc. It just finds my phone as a Personal Hotspot or can tether via bluetooth. It has always worked well, which is good since I often have to do presentations in restaurant/hotel meeting areas and sometimes their WiFi can be spotty to non-existant.
My iPhone did not show up...
 

jazz1

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I'm all Apple, all the time. As you know Apple doesn't offer built-in LTE on laptops. I have no idea why. My main point is that if you have a mobile device shouldn't you need connectivity when no Wifi is available? I've never tried tethering. Are there any downsides? Extra cost, slower surfing speeds?
 
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hajime

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I think maybe I connected it via USB first and let it set up the USB connection to the phone and then the rest followed.
Thanks. I will try when I have a Thinkpad with me (haven't opened the box of the X1E yet). For MBP 2010, it paired right away.
 

StellarVixen

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If I wanted that, I would get the LTE dongle from my mobile carrier. Or use hotspot on my phone.


I do not have a need for LTE on a laptop. IMO, that's kinda gimmicky.
 

hajime

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Ideally, LTE dongle may be good as we could use it in multiple devices.
 

Queen6

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If I wanted that, I would get the LTE dongle from my mobile carrier. Or use hotspot on my phone.


I do not have a need for LTE on a laptop. IMO, that's kinda gimmicky.
Nope, not if your in business; it's more secure, allows one to do real work on the go. I always travel with a MiFi, allows me to get things done on the ferry from Hong Kong to Shenzhen and the train from HKIA to KLCC (Malaysia) over known secure networks that are not completely congested, or any other airport for that matter...

Given the option I always go for devices notebooks included with LTE, the cost is minimal, benefits far outweigh, data is cheap, often faster. The MiFi adds a physical barrier when set as repeater and has security measures that no phone offers - Huawei best in the business. Currently have data plans for P.R.China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and a roaming account as it's very far from being a gimmick - When working out of Port Klang (Malaysia) I generally complete and report to the client in the car, while the driver deals with the traffic, leaving me free for KLCC's nightlife :p

As they say "work smarter, not harder", LTE enabled hardware is just another tool in the box. having LTE built into the notebook allows for fewer devices, which is always good...

Brought to you via an encrypted LTE link from the PRC :)

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ADGrant

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Nope, not if your in business; it's more secure, allows one to do real work on the go. I always travel with a MiFi, allows me to get things done on the ferry from Hong Kong to Shenzhen and the train from HKIA to KLCC (Malaysia) over known secure networks that are not completely congested, or any other airport for that matter...

Given the option I always go for devices notebooks included with LTE, the cost is minimal, benefits far outweigh, data is cheap, often faster. The MiFi adds a physical barrier when set as repeater and has security measures that no phone offers - Huawei best in the business. Currently have data plans for P.R.China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and a roaming account as it's very far from being a gimmick - When working out of Port Klang (Malaysia) I generally complete and report to the client in the car, while the driver deals with the traffic, leaving me free for KLCC's nightlife :p

As they say "work smarter, not harder", LTE enabled hardware is just another tool in the box. having LTE built into the notebook allows for fewer devices, which is always good...

Brought to you via an encrypted LTE link from the PRC :)

Q-6
Agreed, wish Apple had LTE laptops. They probably want to sell more iPad Pros.
 

xraydoc

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If it was an option for my laptop (Surface Book 2), I would have bought it. Every iPad I've purchased prior to this laptop has had the cellular option - never have to think about trying to find a trustworthy wifi connection or remembering to turn on tethering on your phone (and potentially burn through its battery even faster). Full-time network connection is just there. Documents sync to the cloud whenever necessary, even on the go. Continuous live backups are important to me... none of my data exists in only one place.
The benefits of the laptop I chose outweigh the absence of an LTE option, but I would have spent the extra money had it been available. Unfortunately, external USB options aren't exactly super slender, so I do tether to my phone when necessary.