Mac OS X Verizon Drivers

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Tuesday, 15 February 2005

If you are considering BroadbandAccess (EVDO) for your PowerBook, please click on the Mac EVDO logo on the next line, that page answers many frequently asked questions for Mac users:

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I went into my local Verizon store and they told me that EVDO cards do not work on Mac OS X. Is that true?

NO! Mac OS X and EVDO work GREAT with Verizon's EVDO network. All you need to do is install the Verizon drivers provided by Apple, stick in the card, and you are connected to the internet.

Looking for the Novatel V620 Mac OS X Drivers?

Here is the link to Apple's Mac OS X EVDO drivers for Verizon's PC 5220 card. Once you run this installer, all you need to do is insert a PC 5220 card and everthing works!

If you go into a Verizon store, they will tell you that BroadBandAccess does not work on Mac OS X - don't worry, the Apple-supplied drivers work perfectly. At, we have a PowerBook G4 15 inch and have never had a problem using EVDO. Keep in mind that these drivers are BUILT-IN to Mac OS X 10.3.5 - 10.4.1; there is no need to install anything at all.

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If you want to purchase your EVDO card from a company that really knows Macs & EVDO, we are an authorized Verizon Agent (our sister site sells booster antennas and Verizon Cards and service.) Also, if you buy a card other than the PC 5220, we have an option to pre-activate it for you (not needed for the PC 5220 card). This means that we will apply the changes noted below for you before shipping; when you receive it you will be able to pop it right in your Mac and be ready to roll! If you need the preactivation, just make sure to select the "Mac User, please preactivate" option on the order form. Our prices are lower then the prices you can get directly from Verizon Wireless, and if you order by noon PST, your order most likely will ship the same day and can arrive the next day.

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Many Verizon dealers and others will tell you to install the Apple Drivers to get your EVDO cards working on a PowerBook. If you do this on 10.3.4, all is OK. If you do this on 10.3.5 - 10.3.9, it is a step that is not needed- but no harm is done. IF you install the Apple drivers (released July 2004) on top of Tiger/10.4x, you will not be able to use your card! The older drivers disable the working ones that are built into Tiger and you have to completely re-install Tiger to get things back.

We have created directions (and installers - Installer only works on 10.3.9, 10.4 requires steps documented below) for Mac OS X users to allow other EVDO Cards to work with their PowerBooks.

Starting with Mac OS X 10.3.5 - 10.4.x, Apple started including the drivers automatically. We discovered this while reinstalling Mac OS X on our PowerBook. If you stick in the PC Card, and you see a message in the menu bar about an unrecoginized USB port, you need to install the drivers. It looks like starting with Mac OS X 10.3.5, Apple started including the drivers as part of the OS. So, after you insert a PC 5220 card, you'll see the dialog below. Click OK and then another screen asks you for your password and that is it! If you are running versions prior to 10.3.5, you can download the driver below.


If your PC 5220 card has never been activated, you will see this dialog:


ImageDownload Apple Verizon PC 5220 Drivers for OS X 10.3.x (External)

WARNING - these drivers only appear to work with 10.3, NOT 10.4, do not install with 10.4, or your card will not be recoginized. PC 5220 support is built-in to 10.4

NEWS UPDATE. We have been able to get the Novatel V620 to work with Mac OS X and PowerBooks! Please see PowerBook Mac OS X Directions To Use Novatel V620 for the latest information.


Here is what it looks like in Mac OS X, when you are in an EVDO area (notice that the EVDO is no longer dimmed):


Here are what the settings should look like (insert YOUR Verizon Phone Number, before the Look at your bill or original paperwork for this number). The password is lowercase:





Make sure that the "wait for dial tone before dialing" option is NOT checked.


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