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Monday, 30 March 2009

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and EVDO Card Compatibility

Now that Apples latest revision to its Mac OSX operating system, Leopard, has been around for a while and most of the early compatibility issues have been resolved, 3Gstore is updating the list of EVDO and HSDPA devices compatible with Leopard.

Apple officially has native support (meaning you can use these devices without any connection manager software) for several WWAN devices from multiple carriers. Here is what the native WWAN support icon looks like in the Leopard menu bar:


The following WWAN devices are on Apple's List of devices that are compatible with Intel-based Mac's running Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard or later:

Available on the Sprint network:

  • Novatel Wireless Merlin EX720 ExpressCard (EVDO Rev. A)
  • Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 (MCD3000) USB Modem (EVDO Rev. A)
  • Franklin Wireless CDU-550 Hi USB Modem (EVDO Rev. 0)

Available on the Verizon network:

  • Novatel Wireless V740 ExpressCard (EVDO Rev. A)
  • Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 (MCD3000) USB Modem (EVDO Rev. A)
  • Dell 5700 (EVDO Rev. 0)
  • Novatel Wireless Merlin XV620 (V640) ExpressCard (EVDO Rev. 0)

Available on the AT&T network:

  • Novatel Wireless Merlin XU870 ExpressCard (HSDPA)
  • Novatel Wireless Merlin X950D ExpressCard (HSUPA)
  • Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U USB Modem (HSDPA)
  • Sierra Wireless AirCard 881U USB Modem (HSUPA) * This model requires a native Sierra Wireless Mac OS X Leopard driver.
  • Option GT Max 3.6 ExpressCard (HSDPA)

Available on the Bell Canada network:

  • Novatel Wireless Merlin X720 Express Card (EVDO Rev. A)
  • Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 (MCD3000) USB Modem (EVDO Rev. A)
Since Update 10.5.2 there have been no official releases of native support for WWAN devices, but that certainly does not rule out future updates.

Find Apple's article on WWAN compatibility at Apple's Website


Additional Native Device Support:

In addition to the devices listed as compatible on the list published by Apple, has done tests on every new EVDO modem to hit the markets, and we found the following to be natively compatible on Mac OSX Leopard:

Tested by to work with the Mac:

  • Pantech UM-150 from Verizon Wireless
  • Pantech UM-175 from Verizon Wireless


Non-Native device support

If your device is not supported natively (meaning it won't work using just the Mac OS to manage the device), this does not mean that it will not work with Leopard! MANY devices are compatible with Leopard but simply require Sprint's or Verizon's connection manager.

Due to the fact that Sprints SmartView Connection manager now has support for Mac OSX, with the exception of a select few modems, ALL devices are supported (as long as your computer supports the form factor).

The following devices ARE NOT supported with Sprint SmartView on Mac OSX:

Pantech PX-500

UT Starcom PC-5740

You can find this information on Sprints Website.

Similarly to Sprint, when using Verizon Access Manager (affectionately known at as VZAM), more devices are supported for use with Leopard than natively.

The following devices ARE supported for use with Leopard when using VZAM.

Kyocera KPC650 and KPC680

Pantech PC 5740, PC5750, UM150 and UM175

Novatel USB720, USB727, V620, V640, V740, USB760 (requires VZAM version 4.2.3)

Sierra Aircard 595 and 595U

This information can be found on the VZAM Site.

For latest user feedback visit: Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 and EVDO Card Support -


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 April 2009 )
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