One of the most important features of my Sony Vaio X netbook is it’s built-in 3G/HSDPA WWAN card, allowing me to go online everywhere I am. With windows 7 I used the Sony OneClick internet application to go online. I also used the network connection center to enable and disable my WLAN/WWAN and bluetooth.
Does 3G work in Windows 8?
Not with the built-in 3G modem, windows doesn’t detect the 3G modem and won’t install drivers. Installing the Windows 7 driver doesn’t seem to work either. I’ll try some more things and post more info when i know more.
In my Vaio X netbook it’s a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 Wireless HS-USB Modem 9225
However, my T-Mobile 3G USB Modem is detected and works. Windows sees the 3G modem as a mobile network connection, and can establish a connection without using the T-mobile application. The great thing is that Windows knows it’s a metered connection and you can prevent apps from updating while this connection is used. I’m sure there are more things you can configure, but my short trainride didn’t allow much further investigation.
I think we have to wait for Qualcomm/Sony to supply a driver for this 3G modem, if you found a working driver, please let me know by commenting below.
Update: There are some Lenovo Qualcomm Gobi 2000 Windows 8 Beta drivers available, but the 9225 isn’t in the list, althought I tried them all, none of them can’t start.