You are correct, Verizon can offer what ever products and services they want to. However this situation is different. Over one year ago they added WIFI hotspots for there present customers which include approximately 10% Mac owners. Therefore they are obligated to provide the service to there entire customer base. In America, it has been quite sometime that the minority has had to sit in the back of the bus.
Use of the Wi-FI hotspots is an additional benefit of having the mobile broadband product. Verizon isn't under ANY obligation to support ANY device unless they see fit to do so. Your bus comparison is both meaningless and ludicrous. Are you suggesting that Verizon is violating your civil rights but not providing service to your MAC? Did you even read the fact that support issues for your MAC are not necessarily Verizon's fault? Where could you possibly obtain the belief that Verizon is REQUIRED to support YOUR device??
When I try to use it with the Mac after following the setup, I get a "no phone service detected., Check your phone line and try reconnecting." error.
I am able to use it fine from Windows. I am not in a 4G area at the moment though. Does your setup allow fallback to 3G?
I was able to get mine working by activating it on a windows machine, then inserting it into my MacBook Pro. I installed the VZAccess software, rebooted, plugged out the card and put it in again.
The VZAccess software popped up and asked me to activate the device, I put in 0000000000 as the phone number, and presto!! Up it came.
I haven't got 4G coverage here so I don't know if that is working, but it certainly connects over one of the networks.
Hope this helps someone...
This works great. The only thing I had to change though was the phone number. The phone number for me had to be #777.
Hi all, you don't need vzaccess manager to connect your device to mac. You can connect the device directly through network preferences.
Plug in device, go to network preferences (a box telling you there is no profile for the device should appear, click network preferences)
If its not already selected, select the device from the left (you should see Pantech ULM290), and apply the following settings:
General Device Settings-
Phone Number: PhoneNumber
Account name: PhoneNumber@vzw4g.com
Model: GPRS (GSM/3G)
Click OK, then connect and enjoy.
[Edited to comply with Terms of Service]
I think we can all agree that in 18 months, Verizon could have produced the software that would have enabled Mac users to access there WIFI. Therefore is this Bait and Switch on Verizon's part , by telling Mac owners that they are working on it when they are actually not ?. What about having a operating system Bill of Rights, that simply requirers internet providers to provide the same services to all the operating systems, Windows, Mac, Linux, and the new Chrome OS, allowing the consumer decide which operating system they want to use, instead of it being dictated by the internet provider. ( 4G & WIFI, Windows Only).
We the consumer have to be vigilant with large companies like Verizon, remembering the lessons we have learned with the current recession. Remember World Com. What about the recent Twenty One Million dollar court settlement against Verizon for over charging its customers. Now we are getting the same response from Verizon for 4G for Mac. We the consumer need to make our voices heard !!.
Manually connecting to 4G with a Mac overwrites data on your SIM card, making it not compatible with VZAccess Manager for Windows so if you ever want to use it on a Windows computer you'll get a WMC604 error, so I wouldn't recommend doing this right now.
For customers who followed these instructions and have disabled their modem’s ability to connect to the Internet on a Windows PC, here are steps to restore your modem to the correct default values to ensure compatibility with the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
Verizon Wireless is working to release VZ Access Manager for Mac OS in the coming weeks which will provide users with the best possible user experience including technical support from Verizon Wireless, the ability to check your current data usage and receive roaming and usage alerts.
Mac owners have been waiting 18 plus months for WIFI hotspots to be included in VZ access manager. Soon Verizon will be selling the I Phone with Face Time requiring a WIFI Hot Spot to work. Apple customers will no longer be a small minority that you can ignore. FCC Net Neutrality for wired internet customers, refers to all operating systems should be treated equally. I am sure debate will follow this issue, however, why not go ahead and make WIFI hot spots available to your Mac customers to avoid a legal debate. AT&T Apple customers presently have complete access to there WIFI Hotspots. Imagine what a commercial would look like. FACETIME, AT&T VS VERIZON. Presently AT&T WIFI Hotspots supports all Apple products, Verizon WIFI Hotspots does not support any Apple Products. Verizon wake up.