Using a Verizon Data Card with SUSE

By: joshdustin

May 30, 2008 7:38 am





Step 1

Create the file “/etc/ppp/peers/verizon” with this content:

connect "/usr/sbin/chat -v -f /etc/ppp/peers/verizon_chat"

Step 2

Create the file “/etc/ppp/peers/verizon_chat” with this content:

'' 'ATZ'
'OK' 'ATDT#777'
Note: Depending on what application you use to read these instructions, you may need to retype the ” and ‘ characters (single and double quotes).

Step 3

Once those 2 files are in place, you can initialize a connection by running this command as root:

pppd call verizon

Upon completion of the dialup sequence, the connection is ready to use within 10-15 seconds.

I tested this with OpenSuSE 10.3 and a Verizon USB720 card.
*Props to tom @ Lighty2go for syntax*

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Categories: openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, Technical Solutions

Disclaimer: As with everything else in the SUSE Blog, this content is definitely not supported by SUSE (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).  It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.


  1. By:cbr600

    I use the V640 express card and I use Yast to set it up. You have to disable check for dial tone, change the baud rate to the highest speed, use /dev/ttyUSB0, and enable ignore prompts.

    Also you have to edit /etc/ppp/options and change
    lcp-echo-interval from 30 to 65534 or the connection will hangup on you.

  2. By:mmillecam

    I created the verizon and verizon_chat files in /etc/ppp/peers per instructions from this item. Here’s
    what I get when I try to invoke:

    # pppd call verizon
    pppd: The remote system is required to authenticate itself
    pppd: but I couldn’t find any suitable secret (password) for it to use to
    do so.

    Isn’t there someplace I need to put my 10-digit card number? Otherwise, what do I use for a password?