Verizon 4G Modem Works With Mac, Linux
While you are waiting for a Verizon iPhone
compatible with the carrier's 4G LTE network (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
), you can take advantage of 4G speeds on your Mac or Linux box now with the Pantech UML290 USB modem. The simple solution was posted on HowardForums
Saturday night and has been making the rounds ever since. Though not officially supported by Verizon, the user who posted the original how-to says it "has been released publicly by VZW advanced support," whatever that means.
Neither of the two 4G modems available for Verizon's LTE network - the UML290 or LG's VL600 - is compatible with Mac OS X or Linux out of the box. More modems are promised "in the near future," but data hungry non-Windows people have been hard at work finding a solution for the existing devices. HowardForums user "willzzz
" came up with the workaround solo or if Verizon Wireless Advanced support provided it, but it seems straightforward enough that it's a bit surprising Verizon wouldn't be offering it to customers if it's a tested solution. So there's likely to be more than a few bugs, but that's better than nothing if what you're after is the 5 to 12 Mb/s promised download speeds on Verizon's 4G system.
It's still necessary to use a Windows computer running VZAccess Manager in order to activate the modem. With the activated modem in the USB slot of your Mac, you should see it in the Network system preferences panel as an available connection. Under "Phone Number" you put the modem's connection number, which is available from VZAccess Manager or your online Verizon account info page. The Account Name is that number plus @vzw4g.com e.g. [email protected]
of your number is 808-555-1212. Enter the password "vzw", then click Advanced. The "Vendor" should be set to "Generic," so no special parameters. Under "Model," choose GPRS (GSM/3G). The APN should be set to "vzwinternet" and if the CID doesn't default to "1", choose that from the drop-down box.
The modem is available for $99 after a $50 rebate if you choose a 2-year contract. Pricing starts at $50 a month for 5GB of data.
Source: Cult of Mac