[SATLUG] stay away from verizon wireless unless you have a win pc

John Pappas j at jvpappas.net
Sat Aug 30 18:00:18 CDT 2008

To be clear, only the initial activation requires Windows.  After the
initial activation, nearly any EVDO/HSPDA card will work in Linux.  There
are some resellers that sell pre-activated cards, and some corporate stores
can assist with the initial activation to avoid the need for Windows.

Unfortunately,  >90% of the customers are Windows, and as a result, even Mac
users are hit or miss.

I am sorry that you had a bad experience, but the small inconvenience for
initial activation on Windows is worth it to have Internet nearly


On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 08:04, Cheryl Holmes <cherylholmes72 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Thank you Firestorm, but we're never going to attempt this high speed thing
> again on her PC because of the horrible experience I had trying to get this
> one to work...
> Actually, Hardy *DETECTED* the modem perfectly
>  on the* exact* same port as you mentioned so I didn't have to *unmount*
> and
> *remount* it.
> The install was really very very easy.  I made way too much work of it,
> like
> I always do with anything new!  But you absolutely have to initialize them
> on Win PC's...that's the 1 thing that gets us no matter who we go with.  We
> just don't have access to *AN*Y win PC.
> The only problem is they all have to be* initialed on a Windows PC...not
> activated,initialized* in order to connect to the net.  We don't have
> access
> to any Windows PC and ISP's don't support Linux.
> I have to say tho, I was very impressed with how easy the actual install
> was.  And, the install CD from Verizon ran just fine too...maybe because I
> have WINE installed.
> Too bad...ISP's refuse to support Linux.
> Thank you again! cheryl
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