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I'm going to be purchasing a Samsung Chromebook within the next few days and I'm just wondering if the 3G model will be unlocked. I currently live in Canada and I'm wondering whether or not my Fido SIM card will work in it. Nobody at Best Buy seems to know anything so I'm hoping the Chromebook forums will be able to help me out.
 

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With the CR-48 it has a GSM modem but it doesn't work on the Stable or Beta Channel..It seems Google paired up with Verizon for this devices...It has a GSM..but it is going to be a DEV channel unlock...

Hope I am wrong though!! Ofcourse when it launches in Canada..it may just work with all though since you don't have EDVO..
 

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With the CR-48 it has a GSM modem but it doesn't work on the Stable or Beta Channel..It seems Google paired up with Verizon for this devices...It has a GSM..but it is going to be a DEV channel unlock...

Hope I am wrong though!! Ofcourse when it launches in Canada..it may just work with all though since you don't have EDVO..
I'm going to be getting one from America but if it's locked to Verizon I'll just get the wifi model.
 

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I isn't really "locked" the OS doesn't support GSM yet. I have a feeling once they launch up there and in Europe...Chrome OS will support it. The actually modem isn't hard locked.
 

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I isn't really "locked" the OS doesn't support GSM yet. I have a feeling once they launch up there and in Europe...Chrome OS will support it. The actually modem isn't hard locked.
Ah okay, I see what you mean. I'm currently on the same frequency as AT&T right now. Would you recommend spending the extra money to get the 3G model making the assumption that it will receive an update for GSM?
 

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One more question on this topic. Would I be able to use my SIM from my smartphone in the Chromebook or would it require a separate SIM with a data plan?
 

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That is up to the carrier...sometimes they do or others like to flag the account. It would work though but rather or not they want you too...

I say go with the 3G model. It isn't that much more...
 

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That is up to the carrier...sometimes they do or others like to flag the account. It would work though but rather or not they want you too...

I say go with the 3G model. It isn't that much more...
Yeah, I think that's what I'm going to do. I frequently visit America so even if it never gets 3G support in Canada the 100MB/month for free would be a nice bonus for when I go out of country.
 

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Verizon is a CDMA network.....other than Sprint, every other 3G network in the world is GSM and not compatible, so you're going to need hardware changes to use it on another network besides Verizon.
 

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Yeah, I think that's what I'm going to do. I frequently visit America so even if it never gets 3G support in Canada the 100MB/month for free would be a nice bonus for when I go out of country.
100MB won't last more than a couple days of use. This isn't a smartphone that loads mobile-friendly pages. Each time you load a large web site, you consume 1 - 2MB of data, sometimes more. Verizon does sell $10 all-you-can-eat daily pass for Chromebook 3G, or you can pay $20 for 1G per month, no contract required.
 

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100MB won't last more than a couple days of use. This isn't a smartphone that loads mobile-friendly pages. Each time you load a large web site, you consume 1 - 2MB of data, sometimes more. Verizon does sell $10 all-you-can-eat daily pass for Chromebook 3G, or you can pay $20 for 1G per month, no contract required.
It's enough to do casual browsing and access an instant messenger though.

I will be getting my Chromebook on the 26th, so when I get it I'll throw my Fido SIM in it and see what happens. I'll post results.
 

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It's enough to do casual browsing and access an instant messenger though.

I will be getting my Chromebook on the 26th, so when I get it I'll throw my Fido SIM in it and see what happens. I'll post results.
I don't know about that. I was very careful about not using it, and still ran out of 100MB today, a couple of days short of my first month. Granted, one time I did not notice that it did not switch to Wi-Fi when I was home (rather, it was connected to both, but using 3G ahead of Wi-Fi - big thumbs down) and I started playing some YouTube video. That alone killed like 15MB of it. But the rest was spent on occasional, very quick access to email or news.

Will keep it disabled unless absolutely needed next month.
 

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How are you checking the remaining amount of data on the 100mb plan? I looked at the verizon website, but it wants a cell phone number.

thanks!
Sean

100MB is good for Mail though..I use it in a pitch and this month I still have 60MB's left...
 

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Received my Chromebook yesterday. Loving it so far. I put my Fido SIM in it and got no results, but after doing some modifications in developer mode I managed to get it to recognize my SIM. It seems to be functional but it thinks that it's roaming so I'm going to call Fido before I use any data instead of risking $30/MB. If anybody needs the instructions to fully unlock the modem I can post them or send them to you via private message. I'll post after calling Fido and confirming whether or not it will work.
 

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How are you checking the remaining amount of data on the 100mb plan? I looked at the verizon website, but it wants a cell phone number.

thanks!
Sean
It tells you right in the status WiFi bar...just click the radio, turn on your Mobile Data. Once it is up (30 secs or so) then it will tell you how many MB's are remaining out of 100.

EDIT: You have to create your account through the wizard on your Chromebook to start.
 
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