Is there a SIM slot on non-broadband V11P models?

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  1. javispedro

    javispedro Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Since there's conflicting information on all the V11P threads, I'm creating this new one to handle this specific question.

    Can you order a non-broadband V11P and install your own WWAN card in a empty PCIe slot?
    Are the required SIM slot and antenna cables available on the non-broadband V11Ps?

    Current status:
    for the 5130 / Atom / Baytrail variants:

    for the 7130 / Pentium / Core variants:
    • SIM slot: Yes, confirmed in this post
    • Antenna cables: Yes, confirmed in this post
    • Empty accessible card slot: M.2, confirmed in this post
    • Conclusion: Not yet tested but it seems to be possible.
    • ITmedia review contains pictures of a 7130 with broadband, showing positioning of SIM slot, PCIe card, and antenna cables.
     
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  2. binky_rutledge

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    Pages 19 and 20 of the user guide explain installation of a sim card followed by mobile broadband settings. Is it possible there is a wwan card installed already? There is no mentions of this being optional, I doubt it but who knows.

    This pertains to the 5130.

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  3. javispedro

    javispedro Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Actually, most of the 5130 that are being sold to this day do not have any mobile broadband. In fact, I do not know of any 5130 shipped with one (but they do exist). The manual does have a generic "features change" disclaimer.
     
  4. Alchemist

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    I disassembled one at the local Microsoft store, There is indeed a SIM card slot under the the battery on one of the 'short' edges of the battery compartment. Its not just that they used the same plastic body either, there is a full metal sim card slot. So it has that much... the questions that remain are...

    - Is the antenna in place?
    - Is there a slot for a WWAN card something in its innards.
     
  5. bugelrex

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    It certainly looks like Dell built this thing to be quite modular. looking a disassembly videos

    Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830) Tablet Front Camera Replacement Video Tutorial Teardown - YouTube

    sorry, this is for the venue 8 pro...
     
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  6. binky_rutledge

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    Isn't the 5830 a venue 8
     
  7. fureien

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    is the wwan card the module you need for SIM data or wifi?

    my dell rep said the following:

    "By the way, 556-BBDZ Mobile Broadband module will be launched next year and it needs to be bought together with the tablet
    You cannot add in after your purchase, please take note"

    could mean that you cant add it in from dell

    may mean you can still add it in yourself
     
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  9. Alchemist

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    I would bet in any case that Dell will only support broadband on units that were shipped with it, as installing the card if that's even possible would be more than most user upgrades. We are just trying to determine if its technically possible or not.
     
  10. javispedro

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    Thanks, I updated the first post to confirm that the Baytrail models do have an empty PCIe slot (we already had a pic of the SIM slot). However, I'm still missing the antenna cables.

    Maybe they are the connectors marked as "white" and "black" that can be seen on the picture? It would make sense that they'd ground them when the card is missing.
     
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