Panasonic just recently added Gobi wireless to their Toughbook 19, 30, and 52 computers. What is Gobi wireless you ask? Well, let’s take a look at it.
On October 23, 2007, Qualcomm introduced Gobi global mobile internet. Notebooks that have this multi-mode Gobi solution can have access to high-speed mobile internet/broadband services, as well as GPS, in virtually all parts of the world. Gobi enables high-speed connectivity to all 3G & Legacy 2G networks worldwide with a single embedded device. The Gobi chips are certified to operate on CDMA2000, UMTS, and HSPA networks worldwide. They provide comprehensive support for all 3GPP and 3GP2 technologies. The embedded Gobi wireless solution includes Qualcomm’s MDM1000 chipset, associated software, and API. EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA are both supported and backwards compatible with the modules. GPS functionality is also included in the chipset.
In the past you would have to order the computer pre-configured with integrated Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T. Now with Gobi, you don’t have to choose. You can switch carriers without having to send the computer back to Panasonic to get it reconfigured. Another pro to Gobi is it’s cost. Compared to Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T integrated wireless options, Gobi cost less.