Get internet access anywhere you have a cell signal (Mac Version)

Windows XP Version of this article is here

Required:

  • Verizon Wireless, and a phone that has Bluetooth
  • Mac OS X 10.4.x
  • A computer with Bluetooth

OK, after a lot of fooling, and a lot of searching, I’ve managed to get dialup networking working over Bluetooth at 1X speeds. Since the info was so hard to find, I decided to post the intructions here for reference. Essentially, what needs to be done is to force Internet Connect to authenticate via PAP. However in Mac OS X, there is no option to select PAP authentication, so the system defaults to CHAP/MSCHAP and authentication thus fails when dialing #777. Instead, you must go into the system settings and manually disable CHAP.

Here are my instructions from start to finish:

1. Make sure your vx9800 has paired via bluetooth to your Mac. If you have not set this up, turn on visibility on your phone, and then in Bluetooth preferences, “Set up bluetooth device.” Follow the instructions from there. Make sure that in bluetooth settings on the vx9800, under “paired devices,” the PC Connection is set.

2. Make sure that 1x only is selected on your phone. To change this, click “OK” on the inside keypad to bring up the menu, then press “0″, followed by the service code “000000″. Press 3 for Network select, press 1 for Mode, choose 1x only.

3. On your Mac, open up prefernces, goto Network. Click “Show” and then “Bluetooth.” Click “Bluetooth Modem.” For modem, select “Verizon Support (PC 5220)”. This script should come pre-loaded on Mac OS X.

4. The important step. Open up Applications–>Utilities–>Terminal. Type in the following commands:

cd ../../etc/ppp
sudo pico

Type in your root password. Copy and paste the following lines into the terminal (actually the terminal application pico).

refuse-chap
refuse-mschap
refuse-mschap-v2

Type Control-X to exit pico. it will ask you if you want to save. type Y for yes, then save the file as “options” without parenthesis. hit enter.

In the future, to revert to original default system settings, go open terminal and type

sudo rm ../../ppp/options

5. Open up Applications–>Internet Connect. Click Bluetooth. Fill in the following fields:

Telephone #: #777
Account name:your10digitphonenumber@vzw3g.com
Password: vzw

Click Connect, and you should be able to connect to VZW’s network at 1x speeds. In my testing, this works out to about 17 KBs/sec, a huge improvement over QNC speeds.

UPDATE 5/6/08 – It seems like Verizon has further locked down their network. While the above method will still allow you to connect, you will be trapped behind VZW’s captive portal. In order to get around this, you will need to perform a seem edit on your phone. More information on seem editing (handset specific) can be found in the Verizon section of Howard Forums.

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Bill DAlessandroI'm the CEO at Elements Brands - a company I built from scratch that sells branded consumer products online and in stores. I ship thousands of orders each year, and run it all from my laptop by focusing on automation and outsourcing. I write about my experience with e-commerce, product creation, and startups, with lots of personal bits thrown in. More about me.

Comments

  1. Does this method of internet access on Verizon still work? Do you know if this works with digital phones like the LG VX8600 or VX8300?

  2. Terri,

    The method should still work, on all Verizon phones with Bluetooth. If you’re using a digital phone, make sure that you always remember to do step 2 to put your phone into 1X only mode.

    I have only tested it with the vx9800, however, I know people at HowardForums have had success on many other models.

    - Bill

  3. Does anyone know if this technique work for the Treo 700 w phones from Verizon?

  4. Jay,

    The same concept should work, however, the menu options to change your Treo to 1X only mode will be different than most Verizon phones. If you figure out how to set your Treo to 1X only, everything else in the walkthrough should remain the same.

    I’d be really interested to see if you get it to work on a Treo, can you please post another comment and let everyone know if you had success?

    Good luck,

    -Bill

  5. what is the importance of forcing the phone to 1x?

  6. Hey airwave,

    Your phone must be forced to 1X mode because the “@vzw3g.com” login method only works on the 1X network. If the more advanced EVDO network is available, your phone will try to use it by default for all data connections, and your login will fail.

    I’m not entirely sure why this is, but if you would like some more explanation, head over to the HowardForums, and I’m sure someone there more knowledgeable than me can answer you.

    - Bill

  7. Crazydog says:

    My brother is currently trying this on an LG chocolate (2nd gen)…he’s away and has no connection, and is trying to connect.

    So far, it’s not working..I’ll let you know if it does.

  8. Crazydog says:

    mkay he got it working..so this works with the chocolate phone

  9. Jayarewhite says:

    Hmm… I can’t seem to get this up and running on my chocolate phone. It attempts to connect and then authentication fails every time. I set the phone to 1x only and followed all advice. Any ideas?

  10. da_legend says:

    I got it to work on my chocolate no problem. Just a note that if you want to revert back you said to type in terminal:
    “sudo rm ../../ppp/options”

    but shouldn’t it be

    “sudo rm …/../etc/ppp/options”

  11. I tried your method using my iBook G4 and LG Chocolate and it worked flawlessly. It connects instantly. Given the speeds do not compare to cable, it’s very convenient to be able to connect to the internet from wherever I am.

  12. hi bill, will this work in australia, sounds great!

  13. Is this only useful if you have a data plan? Won’t your account be billed for the data usage if you dont have one?

    I know you can get WAP internet on VZW phones without paying the $5 a month… but you still pay for airtime.

    Is this the same?

  14. Tyler,

    This works regarless of whether or not you have a data plan. You will just be billed (voice) minutes for the time that you are connected. Thus, it’s free after 9pm and on weekends :)

    - Bill

  15. Awesome!! Thanks a lot!

  16. Do you know what might need to be changed for Leopard users? This worked fine on my OS-x but after I installed Leopard I could never get it to work again.

  17. Hey Matt,

    This method still works for me with Leopard. However, please read the update to the post above. Verizon has updated their network, and now additional steps are required to make this work.

    - Bill

  18. Hello billda.com my name is Danladi williams i have a phone nokia 6085. and i live Nigeria, i use MTN netwark, my phone nomber is 07031994346 pls do some tin so that i can see my mail on my phone. thanks Danladi williams…..

  19. Danaldi, I removed your comment to protect your privacy – you shouldn’t post your phone number in a public forum like this…

  20. Danaldi, I removed your comment to protect your privacy – you shouldn’t post your phone number in a public forum like this…

  21. Danaldi, I removed your comment to protect your privacy – you shouldn't post your phone number in a public forum like this…

  22. I can’t seem to get this up and running on my chocolate phone. It attempts to connect and then authentication fails every time. I set the phone to 1x only and followed all advice. Any ideas?

  23. I can't seem to get this up and running on my chocolate phone. It attempts to connect and then authentication fails every time. I set the phone to 1x only and followed all advice. Any ideas?

  24. Oh!…that's great helpful, it's so right to me! Million thanks for the article,

  25. carmenhilton says:

    That's awesome, I'm going to try it.

  26. That’s awesome, I’m going to try it.

  27. carmenhilton says:

    That's awesome, I'm going to try it.

  28. Thank you for the refreshing ideas! I'm going to try it.

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