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Verizon 4G Data Users?
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:16 AM on 12.27.10
->> Verizon finally rolled out its 4G data service earlier this month.

Reported speeds are impressive. Anyone out there actually use this yet?

I know the pricing is steep. But if upload speeds are as fast as the company says and it is usable at events it is probably worth it.
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 12:10 PM on 12.27.10
->> I am not using this yet but I read that it is not compatible with Mac yet only PC? So wondering if anyone has tried it on a Mac yet?

Larry
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Jay Adeff, Photographer
Salinas | CA | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 12.27.10
->> None of the U.S. carriers have true 4G, but now that the ITU has redefined what it considers to be 4G, the argument has been rendered moot:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20101220/tc_zd/258308
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Michael Ip, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 5:32 PM on 12.27.10
->> I went to the verizon store today inquiring about this. Their 4g service is actually $10 cheaper than what I'm currently paying for the 3g mobile broadband.

The guy didn't mention anything about it not being mac compatible, but I guess I'll have more questions tomorrow when I got to potentially upgrade.
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Vincent Laforet, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 5:39 PM on 12.27.10
->> Would LOVE to hear more about this...
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 5:55 PM on 12.27.10
->> There is no Mac-specific connection software at the moment.

There are workarounds for this. Just do an Internet search on "Verizon 4G data service, Mac connect" and several sites can give you details.

Also, the Verizon 4G service is not everywhere.
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Jeff Snyder, Photographer
Metro DC Region | MD | USA | Posted: 7:09 PM on 12.27.10
->> What about using the VZ 4G unit with a Cradlepoint Router? That way it should be no problem w/ a Mac right?
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 7:36 PM on 12.27.10
->> I was hoping to get a demo to try out at the Rose Bowl to see how it would perform at an event.

But alas, the Verizon rep wasn't very forthcoming in trying to get something set up for me.
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Keith Birmingham, Photographer
Pasadena | CA | USA | Posted: 9:22 PM on 12.27.10
->> Danny Moloshok just got one. He was tested it at the Lakers on Saturday and yes it is faster then some DSL lines. really impressive.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 10:46 PM on 12.27.10
->> I tried to switch last week, they rang me up and everything before asking if I used a Mac. The lack of Mac compatibility it puzzling. After a huge ordeal trying to refund my credit card they told me to come back in a month or two...

I was excited about paying $10 less per month for faster service.
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Mike Isler, Photographer, Assistant
New York | NY | US | Posted: 11:05 PM on 12.27.10
->> Verizon's new 4G service has a 5GB (or 10GB for $80) cap... when on either 3G or 4G networks. While their new LTE service may be zippy, you can hit a wall pretty quickly with it.

Their main competitor Sprint's 4G service is Unlimited. No cap, no asterisk other than the usual. Only its 3G service is limited to 5GB before the meter starts ticking.

If you're moving a lot of data, Sprint is the better bet. I've got a Sprint Overdrive (3G/4G) and have been very happy with it.
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Chris Hunt, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 10:46 AM on 12.28.10
->> I've successfully used a Macbook Pro and the UML290 to get on the Verizon 4G network using the method posted below on the Verizon forums:

http://bit.ly/gqK48I

I only did this in the Verizon store, but didn't have any problems streaming a Vimeo video at 1080p resolution.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington/Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 11:26 AM on 12.28.10
->> Be sure to check the coverage manp. Verizon won't have it available everywhere for some time. I believe the estimate was 2 years or more.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington/Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 11:27 AM on 12.28.10
->> manp? MAP
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Matt Kartozian, Photographer
Scottsdale | AZ | USA | Posted: 12:13 PM on 12.31.10
->> I got one last week, $10 less per month that my old card from VZW. So far in limited use it is noticeably faster. My only complaint so far is that they only offer USB cards, instead of my old one that used a pc slot.
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Louis Lopez, Photographer
Fontana | CA | USA | Posted: 3:38 AM on 01.01.11
->> I just turn on the wireless hotspot on my Sprint HTC EVO 4G and connect wireless from my laptop. Speeds rival wired dsl speeds. unlimited use.
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Richard Mackson, Photographer
Pittsford | NY | US | Posted: 12:53 PM on 01.24.11
->> I used on at Pauley Pavilion on New Years Eve Day. It was blazing fast over 5MB up and close to 17 down. It was amazing considering I was on the floor under the stands. CradlePoint has beta software for the CBA250 as well as the MBR1200. I used it with the CBA250.
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Michael Ip, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 2:23 PM on 01.24.11
->> I've been using it for a week now.

Upload and download speeds are VERY fast. Faster than cable modem uploading it seems.

Big downside, because I'm using the work around with my Mac, it seems to take a few tries to connect at times.

When I am outside of 4G coverage areas, I can't even connect (not even to 3G). So that can be frustrating.
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 12:10 AM on 02.10.11
->> Curious if anyone has had any luck with this with official Verizon Access Manager? Right now it says it only supports 32 bit Mac computers and won't work on a 64 bit computer. Wondered if this is true?

Larry
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 12:04 AM on 02.12.11
->> Got the LG 4G Verizon modem today, works smoothly on 10.6.6.

This thing is absolutely faster than my cable modem at home. Really remarkable. A good asset to have on deadline.
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 12:32 AM on 02.12.11
->> Andrew are you using the VZ Access Manager on your Mac or how are you connecting with it?

Larry
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 12:37 AM on 02.12.11
->> Andrew forgot to ask is your computer 64 bit or is it a 32 bit?
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 12:56 AM on 02.12.11
->> I am using VZ Access Manager. 10.6.6 is 64-bit as far as I know.
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 1:26 AM on 02.12.11
->> Ok didn't know if it might of been an older Mac with updated operating system

I tried the Pantech 290 and couldn't get Verizon to get it to work and they told me would only work on a 32 bit machine

Larry
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 2:58 AM on 02.12.11
->> Yeah it's a '08 Macbook Pro. I cant vouch for the Pantech, but the LG is flawless so far. Getting it to work was painless, just downloaded the latest VZ Access Manager from the webpage and then plugged it in.

Even in 3G areas it seems to pick up a stronger signal than my previous modem did.
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 10:05 AM on 02.12.11
->> Being an '08 it is probably a 32 bit machine so that could be the reason it is working, but it couldn't have been the person setting mine up too not sure.

Larry
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 11:27 AM on 02.12.11
->> From what I've read online, the mid-late 08 macbook pro's are indeed 64-bit.

I'd suggest going in and trying the LG modem, just make sure they download the new manager online, and do not use the CD at any point. From what the Verizon salesman told me (who knows if this is accurate or not...) failing to remove the previous verizon manager or running the CD install at any point can complicate the situation.

I mistakenly grabbed my old modem out of my bag and hooked it up earlier today, the 4G was unable to connect at any point after that mistake. Had to remove and reinstall the verizon program.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 11:33 AM on 02.12.11
->> Larry,

Alright, figured this out, I'm on a 64-bit machine, with a 64-bit OS, but after some checking my comp has defaulted to running on a 32-bit kernal anyway.

Hope this info has helped.
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 12:24 PM on 02.12.11
->> Thanks Andrew I appreciate your help with this. I am hoping Verizon will update to a 64 bit version very soon since all the new Macs are 64 bit. Will have to wait and see.

Thanks again,

Larry
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 5:17 PM on 03.08.11
->> Sorry to drag this post up again. I'm ordering a new laptop this week and was wondering if anyone has had luck yet running the new modems on a newer macbook pro?

I'd hate to get the new comp then loose my ability to transmit.
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Andrew Fielding, Photographer, Student/Intern
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 9:37 PM on 03.08.11
->> Pricing isn't that steep. 10 bucks a gig. I used it on my recent assignment to Arkansas. The 3g didn't seem too reliable but I was in Hot Springs, Arkansas so I'm not really that surprised. The 4g was very relaible and speeds were fast, primarily at the airport in Denver and St. Louis. I have the Pantech card which I believe is the better of the two.
I also want to remind anyone that if they have a new MBP (like me) you need to boot it in to the 32 bit kernel (hold 3 and 2 while booting), to use any of the Verizon 4g cards.
Hope this helps, feel free to contact me directly if you have any more questions.
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Dannie Walls, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 8:13 PM on 03.09.11
->> I have the Verizon 4g iphone and have the mobile hot spot on it and i used it last weekend while shooting the ACC Womens basketball Tourney in Greensboro,NC and had no problem when i sent pictures in by ftp.
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Michael Ip, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 8:56 PM on 03.09.11
->> Dannie, hate to burst your bubble, but the Iphone is only 3g....
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 8:42 PM on 03.14.11
->> Larry,

I just got a new Macbook Pro and had the same problem as you, the card would not work with the 64bit kernal.

The workaround until Verizon updates the software is to go into terminal and type

sudo systemsetup -setkernelbootarchitecture i386

This selects the 32-bit kernel for the current startup disk, which was what Apple was doing on all machines until recently anyway. All 64-bit programs still work in this setting. I didn't notice any performance loss after switching from the 64 to 32bit kernal.

Should do the trick until Verizon gets their software in line.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 8:51 PM on 03.14.11
->> Verizon releases Mac driver for 4G modem
Posted on Feb 1, 2011 12:15 pm
by Dan Moren, Macworld.com
Mac speed demons hoping to hop onto the express train of Verizon’s recently launched 4G network have been held back by a lack of OS X-compatible drivers for the network’s LTE modems—until now.

http://www.macworld.com/article/157591/2011/02/verizon_4g_mac.html


Anyone using this new data network?
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 9:40 PM on 03.14.11
->> I have frequently been getting upload speeds at or above 500k/sec in the Chicago area. A lifesaver on tight deadlines.
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Michael McAtee, Photographer
Cherry Hill | NJ | USA | Posted: 9:30 AM on 03.18.11
->> There is now an update VZaccess Mgr that supports both 4G modems on the Macs. I have been using this and it is very fast indeed and has been proble free so far.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 12:50 PM on 03.18.11
->> Great to know. Thanks for everyone's first-hand experience with this!
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 3:43 AM on 03.24.11
->> Verizon now supports Mac 64 bit machines been using it for couple days and working great so far very impressed with the speeds I am getting. Modem a little bigger than the old one but can live with that.

Larry
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 3:59 AM on 03.24.11
->> Thanks for the tip. Time to switch back to 64-bit.
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