Setup Bluetooth DUN with your Verizon mobile and your Mac

September 27, 2006

Internet ConnectFor the past two months, I’ve been on a quest to find a way to use my Bluetooth Modem capabilities on my LG vx8300 with my MacBook Pro. It wasn’t able to connect until the other day when a reader referred me to a HowardForums thread on how to setup Bluetooth DUN with a LG vx9800 phone and Mac OS X. The instructions given for the vx9800 phone also happen to work with the vx8300 phone, and probably many other models, as well.

You’d think setting up DUN with your Verizon LG phone with your Mac would be a piece of cake, right? No. You cannot just simply go through the setup assistant and start surfing the web via your phone. The problem lies with what’s called PAP authentication. Mac OS X does not provide a simple checkbox to turn PAP authentication on or off. To enable (or disable) PAP authentication, you must go through several steps in the Terminal. Even though these steps are very self-explanatory, those of you afraid of the command line might just want to stay away from this hint. If you just follow my steps, I’ll get your Mac connected to your vx8300 or your vx9800 with no problem.

Although the 1x speed is not quite as fast as a high-speed broadband connection, it is acceptable and comes in handy when traveling and without internet. It is also a very cheap way to get internet service considering Verizon only charges the connection for the minutes used, just like a regular call. Cell phone users who used to use QNC for their mobile internet access have reported that this connection is much faster and practical.

I do not know the whether this will work with all Verizon phones. So far, the vx8300 and the vx9800 are the only two phones that I know are working with Verizon’s DUN. If anyone else with another type of phone wishes to try this, let me know of the outcome.

Any more ideas or comments are welcome!

Warning. Just to let you know ahead of time, I will not be held responsible for any damage done to your system via the command line. You can trust me that if you follow my directions carefully, you will get it working in no time. But as a disclaimer, do not try this unless you are confident with the Terminal and the command line.

  1. If you have not done so already, pair your Bluetooth-enabled LG phone with your Mac. You can pair your phone with the Bluetooth Setup Assistant, accessible via the Bluetooth preference pane in System Preferences.
  2. Enable bluetooth on your phone and on your Mac, if you have not done so already.
  3. In order for the modem to work, you have to force the phone into 1x-only mode. You can achieve this by going to the phone menu and pressing “0″. For the service code, enter “000000″. Go to “Network Select”, then “Mode Preference”. Choose “1x Only” for the mode preference and clear back to the phone’s main screen.
  4. Go to the Network preference pane in System Preferences. Choose “Bluetooth” from the “Show:” drop-down menu. If Bluetooth is not available in the drop-down list, go to “Network Port Configurations” and check “Bluetooth” as an option. Select the “Bluetooth Modem” tab and select “Verizon Support (PC 5220)” as the modem script.
  5. Launch the Terminal.
  6. Copy and paste the following two lines of code into the Terminal:
    cd ../../etc/ppp
    sudo pico
  7. Authenticate with your system’s root password.
  8. Copy and paste the following lines of code:
  9. Hit “Control+X” to exit the Pico application within the Terminal.
  10. When asked to save, hit “Y” for yes.
  11. Save the file as “options” (without quotes) and hit return.
  12. Quit the Terminal and open up the Internet Connect application.
  13. Select Bluetooth and enter “#777″ for the telephone number, “[yournumberhere]”, and “vzw” for your password.
  14. Click “Connect”, and you will now be able to use your phone for internet access wherever you go.

Thanks Pengaroo for the link and bombboyer for the fix!

75 Responses

  1. Chris Ries says:

    I’m using a new VX8300 and a 12″ Powerbook G4 867, with bluetooth.
    My phone and PB are paired just fine via bluetooth. I followed the phones network revisions, without a hitch. (Do I leave them that way permanently or only when trying to connect) I did all the terminal stuff without errors. Configuring the PB was no problem, but when trying to connect my phone lights up, does the connection thing, then I get a disconnecting message on the PB Internet connection page and then a window pops up stating “Authentification Failed”… Any reasons why this might happen and is there anything I can do to get it working. Obviously the phone is connecting… What else could cause the Authentification to fail? Please help! THANKS!

    October 2nd, 2006 at 4:16 pm

  2. Chris Ries says:

    NEVERMIND! I missed the save as “options” within the pico application. Got it! Works! Connected! Awesome!

    I still would like to know if I need to switch my phones network settings everytime I want to connect or can I leave in on 1X?
    -Chris Ries

    October 2nd, 2006 at 4:37 pm

  3. Appleologist says:

    @Chris: Its up to you whether you want to keep 1X Only enabled or disabled. If you plan to use Bluetooth DUN a lot, keep it on 1X. However, if you use your phone to surf the web with your phone or if you are a subscriber to vCast, I’d only switch to 1X Only if you ever need to use Bluetooth DUN.

    To change your mode preference, just go to the Service Menu (Menu, 0, 000000), then Network Select, then Mode Preference to select your mode preference.

    October 2nd, 2006 at 5:36 pm

  4. Chris Ries says:

    Hey Thanks! So to confirm… If I just use my Phone for calls, text and picture messages, playing “Get it now” games and listening to my own mp3′s via the Micro SD card I can just leave it on 1X?… VCast seems to be a ripoff… I don’t need to pay more per month than I already am for my phone service. But I do use MyCast weather app (demo version) and the Navigator (demo version)… Will the 1x setting affect those connections? Thanks for the info to surf wirelessly via my mac and my phone!

    October 2nd, 2006 at 8:29 pm

  5. Appleologist says:

    Basically, if you ever use one of the features on your phone that requires the internet, and you find it to be extremely slow, switch back to the default mode preference. I’m not sure, but the MyCast weather app and Navigator atre the only things that I think would be effected. Don’t misunderstand me, they will work, its just that they will be slower because your phone is adjusted to just use 1X, which is a slower, older generation of wireless signal.

    October 2nd, 2006 at 8:39 pm

  6. Chris Ries says:

    OK Gotcha… Thanks for all your help! Your site is boomarked and your widget running in my dashboard!

    October 7th, 2006 at 1:56 pm

  7. James says:

    For those that are adventurist with their LG VX8300:
    Free WAP Internet on the VX8300

    October 15th, 2006 at 1:31 pm

  8. Johnny says:

    This sounds cool, before I found this info verizon told me that if I wanted to connect my laptop to the internet via my cell phone that I would need a data cable, and they were going to charge me about $60-$70 a month for the service and it would use up my minutes, free night and weekend minutes DIDN’T apply. So if you connect by using the bluetooth you don’t get charged extra? Doesn’t verizon notice the increase in data transfer to and from your phone?


    October 21st, 2006 at 11:57 pm

  9. Appleologist says:

    @Johnny: This is not the same service as Verizon is offering. I believe that service is called Mobile Office (or something similar). You will get much higher speeds with Mobile Office, however the price tag isn’t very friendly.

    My method uses the older 1X connection, which should be basically equivalent to making a phone call. Verizon does not charge extra and as far I as I know, night and weekend minutes are free. But as a Disclaimer, I will not make any guarantees. But I can promise you that this solution works and I have not been charged any extra.

    By the way, I couldn’t tell from your comment if you were a Mac user. For my instructions to work, you must be running Mac OS X (preferably 10.4).

    October 22nd, 2006 at 10:18 am

  10. Chris Ries says:

    Would the connection be any quicker and/or would it be possible to connect with a data cable rather than bluetooth, using the 1X connection? I know the 1X connection is slow, I just wasn’t sure if the direct USB connection would be possible (since it’s already configured for Verizon’s pay service) and if so will it be faster?

    October 25th, 2006 at 8:52 am

  11. Sean says:


    I can’t thank you enough for making this clear and plain – been looking for this info all day, sitting here, my new LX8300 just begging to be made into a modem.

    Gratzi! A thousand thanks!

    October 26th, 2006 at 8:22 pm

  12. Michael says:

    I had already tried another script which disabled the CHAP services and was indeed able to get DUN working with my Razr. This method seems even a bit easier!

    Now I also want to be able to use VPN for work use, but after disabling CHAP…VPN doesn’t work. Several others are having this problem over at

    Question: How do I re-enable the CHAP service to put the PPP functionality back to “stock”, and get VPN working again? I can’t figure out how to remove the “options” file.

    Thank you!

    P.S. Here is the older script that was used by many….

    “display dialog “This script disables CHAP support in Mac OS X.

    You will now be asked for your admin password
    in order to modify a system file (/etc/ppp/options).” buttons “OK”
    set normal_command to “touch /etc/ppp/options;chmod a w /etc/ppp/options;echo \”refuse-chap
    refuse-mschap-v2\” > /etc/ppp/options;chmod a-w /etc/ppp/options”
    do shell script “sh -c ” & quoted form of normal_command with administrator privileges
    display dialog “Thank you.

    To re-enable CHAP authentication, remove
    the /etc/ppp/options file.” buttons “OK” giving up after 5″

    October 28th, 2006 at 10:20 am

  13. jordan danz says:

    Hey I followed ever direction very carefully and I am still getting a pop up message saying authenticating failed. Any reason for this…Let me know

    October 31st, 2006 at 7:06 pm

  14. Michael says:

    Hmmm,…no answer as to how to re-enable CHAP serives correctly? Or how to remove the “options” file from the Terminal?

    November 2nd, 2006 at 4:39 pm

  15. Appleologist says:

    Michael, I’m sorry that I haven’t gotten back to you sooner.

    From looking at your question, are you trying to figure out how to reverse this process and set OS X back to its default settings with CHAP services enabled and PAP authentication disabled?

    If so, then all you need to enter into the terminal is:
    sudo rm ../../ppp/options

    Then enter your password and you should be set. If it doesn’t work, let me know.

    November 2nd, 2006 at 4:51 pm

  16. Appleologist says:

    To all of you having problems and have setup up the solution step-by-step as specified in the article, I suggest you troubleshoot the problem. Here are a list of common issues that should be troubleshooted when having difficulties:

    Restarting the phone sometimes solves the problem
    Bluetooth is not enabled on your phone
    Your Mac and your phone are not paired correctly
    You haven’t disabled EVDO networking
    PAP Authentication hasn’t successfully been enabled
    You are in a roaming area that does not support Verizon DUN

    November 4th, 2006 at 12:10 am

  17. Michael says:

    Dear Appleologist,

    Unfortunately, the “options” file is not found when attempting your method to get rid of the DUN script and getting VPN working again ….i.e. “back to stock”.

    The DUN works great with a USB cable or Bluetooth and my Razr phone, but as I said before…no VPN working.

    Let me know if you have any other ideas…

    Thank you!

    November 11th, 2006 at 4:50 pm

  18. Frank Morelli says:

    I followed all of your instructions to the letter for setting up a bluetooth dunn for my vx8300 and MacBook Pro. It’s not working for me. I keep getting “Could not open the communication device”. I have subscribed for the Mobile service with Verizon and set the phone to 1X network speed. I wonder if I’m not using the Terminal correctly? Any advice?


    November 30th, 2006 at 1:37 pm

  19. Carl Aron says:

    Thank you Appleologist!

    I always thought it should be possible to connect my Powerbook to the internet using my phone with Mobile Web, without having to use it as just a data connection to some other dial-up $ervice, but never saw how to do it until here.

    It worked exactly as you said, first time!

    To those having problems, I should note that before I started, I had already covered the first few hurdles of connecting my Mac to my phone with bluetooth.

    After that, it it was a standard PPP dial-up setup plus a few tricks I never would have guessed:

    1) turning off PAP on the Mac by editing /etc/ppp/options
    2) setting the phone to 1X
    3) using the modem script Verizon Support (PC 5220)
    4) using the phone number #777, the username “” and the password “vzw”

    November 30th, 2006 at 9:36 pm

  20. Matt says:


    I was having the same trouble with you figuring out how to re-enable chap, but I figured it out last night. I’m not at my mac right now, but I will do my best to recall the steps I took.

    1. Open up terminal

    Type in:
    cd ../../etc/ppp
    sudo pico

    2. Enter your password

    3. I think using the ^O option, you can access the directory where the file is stored. Navigate your way to /ppp/

    4. You will see the file “options” – Open it.

    5. You will see the following three lines appear:

    6. Delete these three lines of code (or comment them out, though I don’t know how to do that), so I just deleted them.

    7. Exit and save – here you need to type in the file name “options” and it will ask if you want to overwrite. Select yes. Exit the terminal and you should be fine.

    I hope this helps!


    December 1st, 2006 at 12:38 pm

  21. janel says:

    I’ve followed the directions and am able to get connected. It even gets as far as setting up the DNS servers and then it disconnects me from the server. Anyone have this problem? Any ideas?


    January 15th, 2007 at 9:54 pm

  22. cmklatt says:

    This used to work perfectly for me but #777 is disconnected now. I tried calling Verizon to ask if there’s a new number to dial, and they told me they disabled Bluetooth data functionality, and to go buy the Mobile Office Kit for $40. Anyone found a workaround yet? Thanks.

    January 20th, 2007 at 3:59 pm

  23. sdono says:

    Does anyone know if this works with the MotoKrzr k1m? I’m not sure how to force the phone into 1x-only mode? It always disconnects and i get “authentication failed” message. Thanks.

    January 25th, 2007 at 10:08 pm

  24. Ethan says:

    Someone told me that if you don’t have a subscription to V-Cast, then the data number won’t work. Is that true? I have the free month of V-Cast subscription that came with my new phone, and when that free month is up, will my DUN internet stop working?


    January 27th, 2007 at 11:14 pm

  25. Appleologist says:

    I apologize for the lack of responses to all of your questions. I have been very busy lately and have not had time to respond to all of your comments.

    @cmklatt: I tried using the #777 number just as described in the article, and I still am able to receive internet service. Verizon does not like to admit that this feature is actually available, but it is!

    @sdono: Good question. I have played around with the latest RAZRs from Verizon and have not been able to find a way to turn off EVDO mode and switch to 1x-only. For now I don’t know of a solution, but if I hear of one or if someone finds a solution, I will be sure to include them in an update to the article. This is actually exactly why I always recommend the LG VX8300 because of its fantastic “Service Menu” that allows you do to disable EVDO when necessary.

    @Ethan: I am not a subscriber to VCast and I have total DUN access. I think you are confusing Bluetooth DUN with the WAP browser inside Verizon phones, in which you can get either through VCast or a simple $5 dollar fee per month (+ airtime fees). So to answer your question, when your free subscription is up you will still be able to get free Bluetooth DUN (+ airtime fees). No worries.

    January 27th, 2007 at 11:27 pm

  26. NKP says:

    Appleologist -

    I’m trying to connect via my new vx8300 and my iBook G4. I’ve gone through all of your steps. Bluetooth is paired. I did okay with the terminal stuff (at least on appearance). Save it as “options”, changed to all the verizon stuff in the internet connect application. It seems to dial and connect, but it disconnects and it tells me that “authentication failed”. I’ve read through this whole artical many times. I can’t figure out what I’ve missed. Any ideas? I’d really like to be able to do this!



    March 14th, 2007 at 6:28 pm

  27. NKP says:


    Just for grins, I went to the “Options” file and double clicked on it. It opened the terminal and shows the following:

    Last login: Wed Mar 14 17:15:28 on ttyp1
    Welcome to Darwin!
    Nancy-Perrys-Computer-2:~ nancyperry$

    Nothing else shows. Shouldn’t there be more information there? Like what I entered when following your instructions?

    Thanks again!


    March 14th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

  28. bloozboy says:

    WOW, this really worked. Amazing. Bought my LG vx 8600 from Verizon today, came home and set it up with my G4 12″ laptop, Tiger of course. Bluetooth file sharing worked right out of the box, which amazed me, since the Verizon people told me that was off the table without extra dinero. Then your instructions for tethering worked like a charm. A little tricky, for mavens perhaps (e.g. you have to input the terminal commands 1 line at a time). But lo and behold it worked. One note: It doesn’t connnect each and every try, but I find that I stay connected longer if I input the password manually, when prompted. There’s an option for that on the internet connect screen. I’m a happy camper. THANK YOU!

    May 16th, 2007 at 12:15 am

  29. Colvanila says:

    I am also having problems and I am needing some help. I have a LG vx 8600
    and I put it in 1x mode, and did the “using the phone number #777, the username “phonenumber@vzw3g.comâ€? and the password “vzwâ€?” thing and it says
    Authentation Failed. And i dunno why
    I used the right modem card… so can anyone lend me a hand?


    May 30th, 2007 at 11:20 pm

  30. TriedByFire78 says:

    I have the vx8600 and everything I read says it works with this setup as well. However, when I choose connect, it goes through the, “contactig PPP server…” then, “disconnecting”. Then I have a “Internet Connect” box pop-up saying, “A modem error occured. Please verify your settings and try again.”

    I see that it asks me what modem script I want to use and “Apple Internal 56K Modem (v.90)” is selected by default. Is there something else I should be choosing here? I wouldn’t think so since no one has mentioned it.


    July 14th, 2007 at 7:20 am

  31. Kim Spangrude says:

    HI. I just bought an LG VX8600 2 weeks ago. When I go to put it in the 1X mode it does nothing. I open up the phone case, press “OK”, then put in 7 zero’s, and absolutely nothing happens. Any advise?

    July 28th, 2007 at 11:40 am

  32. Tim says:

    If anyone is having trouble with this, first get the bonehead mistake that i made out of the way… Chances are you’re trying to connect to the bluetooth modem WHILE you are connected to Airport. Turn off airport connections, follow these instructions to the T, and then connect with the bluetooth modem. This is AWESOME.

    August 5th, 2007 at 6:32 pm

  33. Donal says:

    Thanks for info on this website. I have a LG VX8100 and it worked no problem. I didn’t add VCast ($15) or anything else and it still worked. There is also mobile web for $5. But it works without either option. Regardless if it is USB or bluetooth. From what I have read they only bill you by the minute for the $5 dollar option. I have had the Broadband $60 option for a couple of weeks. Not worth it at all. Stick with the free 1X unless you use it loads.

    When I phoned the verizon people they quoted me $15 for access but after talking to some manager they then changed it to $60, so I knew there was something more to it.

    To get a LG VX8100 to only 1X (Verizon does not allow tethering to EVDO without $60 a month.) follow this steps:
    1) Press the Menu key (ok)
    2) Push the zero key (0) seven times
    3) Push the three key (3) for network select
    4) Push the one key (1) for Mode Preference
    5) Choose 1X Only or Digital Only Non Hybrid.

    To re enable EV follow steps 1 – 4 and for step #5 choose Digital Only Hybrid

    This will turn off EVDO and leave on signal and 1X. This will also save battery life keeping it on 1X.

    August 22nd, 2007 at 8:20 pm

  34. Cooper says:

    I tried entering the code in terminal however when prompted for my password, terminal will not let me enter character (as if the keys were dead) and only allows me to exit or input the blank space. Im am logged in as the admin, any thoughts?

    August 30th, 2007 at 3:31 pm

  35. Arthur says:

    this is awesome! this could have come in handy on my road trip across the country last month… thankfully most hotels have wi-fi signals strong enough to be used in the parking lot… thanks so much… my only concern is will the changes made on the terminal have an effect on my computer?

    September 2nd, 2007 at 2:39 pm

  36. Maureen says:

    Dear Appleologist,
    Would I be able to e-mail you and get a response without the e-mail being posted? I ask this because I feel very ignorant about basics that others on your site will take for granted. I just bought the LGvz8300 and have questions about it’s use with the mac.

    September 9th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

  37. John Carson says:

    I am following your instructions for forcing my phone into 1X mode. However, I don’t think I have the options you outline in your instructions.

    I just bought this phone on 9/3/07. It is a VX8300. Could they have changed the menus to prevent this kind of thing?

    You say, go to the phone menu and press 0. Do you mean the phone settings options under menu/settings? If so, my options stop at 9.


    September 9th, 2007 at 5:53 pm

  38. Jerry says:

    A couple of questions: Step 7. Authenticate with your system’s root password. What’s the procedure for doing this?

    And Step13. “[yournumberhere]”] By “yournumber” do you mean the DUN access number?

    And finally, where — if anywhere — do you enter your actual username and password, which would normally allow access?

    Thanks! I’m looking forward to getting this to work. — Jerry

    September 13th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

  39. Rich says:

    This is really useful – Thanks for the instructions.

    To Jerry:

    Step 7: It will ask you for an admin’s password. Type it in, but it will look like nothing is being typed. When you have enter the password, press return.

    Step 13: [yournumberhere] could also be described as [your10digitphonenumber].

    The last one’s in Network Utility, I think, probably when you hit connect. I haven’t used dial-up on a Mac for quite a while, and I am posting from my PC, because I was looking for instructions.

    September 15th, 2007 at 9:49 am

  40. Kasey says:

    Fantastic. Worked wonderfully. I’m only going to use it after nine to be safe with my minutes though. >.< if anyone finds out how we’re billed for this do share!

    October 22nd, 2007 at 11:43 pm

  41. Sean says:

    Hi, I followed this to a T like everyone else, but whenever I try to hit connect, I get “Could not open the communication device.” Any suggestions?

    October 24th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

  42. Jonathan says:

    Just to note, I’m running Leopard on my PowerPC G4, and this worked perfectly. Thanks to the author!

    November 15th, 2007 at 10:17 pm

  43. Josh says:

    I am wondering if this is costing me money. I’ve been told that Verizon now charges per megabyte, instead of using minutes. Everything works great. I figured I was only getting charged when the data Icon pops up. Does anyone know about this?


    November 28th, 2007 at 6:28 pm

  44. Anna says:

    I’ve got a VX8700 and got everything to work fine with the computer but can’t figure out how to get it into 1X only mode….I hit menu then 0 seven times and it does absolutely nothing.

    December 13th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

  45. Ethan says:

    Verizon has changed the way to get into the menu. Now you have to hit ##PROGRAM8300, press send, then hit zero seven times. The last four digits will change depending on the model number of your LG phone (for instance, it would be ##PROGRAM8600 if you have an LG VX8600).

    January 2nd, 2008 at 10:00 pm

  46. Tim says:

    You are a lifesaver, I could not for the life of me figure out how to get into my phone since they updated the firmware. Thank you!

    January 8th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

  47. Nick says:

    well i followed all the steps but.. when i try to connect a box comes up saying

    Internet Connect

    Could not open the communication device

    Any advice plz reply

    January 19th, 2008 at 1:20 am

  48. Jerry says:

    -I hope this thread isn’t dead- I’ve had the same problem as Nick…”Could not open the communication device” is all i have gotten. Checked and re-checked all the steps posted by Appleologist; phone is set to 1X ect…. I don’t want to give up, but other than following some avid hackers’ steps, I’m totally lost. Anyone? Bueller?

    January 21st, 2008 at 10:05 pm

  49. Appleologist says:

    @Nick & Jerry: Sorry guys. I don’t have an 8300 anymore so I can’t really help you out… all I can say is keep trying and follow my steps very carefully.

    Just wondering, what OS are you running? Maybe my guide no longer works with Leopard.

    January 21st, 2008 at 11:03 pm

  50. Jerry says:

    Thanks for your reply Appleologist – I’m running osx 10.4.11 and own an LGvx8600 – perhaps those are not compatible/ the hack is 8300 specific? I’ll keep trying if it seems reasonable with that combination. If it doesn’t work, at least I’ve slightly extended the battery life of the lg by switching to 1x only.

    January 23rd, 2008 at 2:59 am

  51. Grakson says:

    Has anyone tried these steps using the new touch screen Voyager phone?

    February 7th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

  52. jack says:

    i need help with the terminal part
    do you just press enter after typing cd ../../etc/ppp

    February 17th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

  53. ryan says:


    It says to copy/paste, then press enter
    Highlight, command-C, back to terminal, command-v to paste

    Followed these instruction over a year ago, followed them again on my new mac, worked both times, just read the directions.

    February 20th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

  54. alex says:

    I have been using my verizon to connect my ibook for over a year. Today when I went on the internet, it returned a message that the user was not authorized. Has anyone else also noticed this issue recently?

    April 4th, 2008 at 12:02 am

  55. ray says:

    I had used my vx8600 for over a year and two other lg models as per these instructions for several years with and then just started getting a “web page” with that same message yesterday and can no longer get online although the phone is clearly hooked up.

    April 4th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

  56. Ozman says:

    Came up with me as well I am pissed! I am not gonna spend 60$ a month on their Ev-DO plan. that would be a forceful $1,500 under a 2 year contract I just wanted the basic where I would not mind paying like $10 a month plus airtime

    April 5th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

  57. Carl Aron says:

    Hmm… yeah, it’s stopped working for me too… I am using the same settings that worked for me a few months back, and Internet Connect goes through the whole login and authentication, and even tells me that I am connected at 230400 bps, but nothing works, and after a minute the connection drops with an error about the other end not responding.

    So it clearly is logging in like before, but maybe Verizon is blocking this now?

    If any one finds out how to get around this, or what has changed that would be great.

    April 11th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

  58. Robin Hood says:

    OK! I got it going again…. I read all sorts of forums saying I needed to edit my nvm_data file… That wasn’t too hard with BitPim and Hex Edit, but the phone wouldn’t let me put the edited file back and the forums all had examples of using some WIndoze software to put it back… I was just about to give up when a post about a VX87000 got me fooling around with more settings in the Services menu (same place where you change the mode from Hybrid to 1X), instead of trying to hack the nvm_data file. Which also seems much safer… you can always undo your Services Menu settings…

    Here is what I did to get it all working. Remember… this assumes that you have the original setup as described above… Mac talking to the Phone via Bluetooth first, ppp options file edited as specified above, and an Internet Connect connection set up to dial to #777 with [your10digitphonenumber] as the username and vzw as the password…

    So what I did on my VX8300 was this…

    1) Press “OK”, then hit zero 7 times to get into the Services Menu.

    2) Set the mode to 1X as described above with Network Select, then Mode preference, then 1X.

    3) Use the CLR button to back out to the Services menu again, (or if you accidentally get all the way out, just do the “OK” and seven zeros again) then select Data, then MIP Setting, then chose “SIP Only”.

    Then I just dialed up as before and it worked! Download was about 125kbps… Upload was an abysmal 9kbps, but I don’t really think I’d use this except for mail and light web browsing.

    DISCLAIMER — I’m not certain as to the legal status of this. Clearly Verizon doesn’t want people using their data network except for services from their phone, unless they pay extra for the privilege of hooking up their computer through their phone… I’ve seen posts suggesting that if you get caught, they’ll cancel your account, or at least charge you for the bandwidth you’ve used. I’ve seen others that claim they won’t notice unless you abuse it. I’ve seen others that claim they only want to stop people using the faster EVDO network, and they don’t really care so much about people using the 1X network… I don’t know… My gut feeling from all the posts is that this would be OK for occasional light use when your normal connection is down or when you really need to check email on the road. But don’t hold me responsible…

    April 12th, 2008 at 12:15 am

  59. Poor Man says:

    Thanks Robin Hood, setting MIP to “SIP Only” worked for me as well.

    April 12th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

  60. Jonathan says:


    Today I was having problems, but not with connecting my lg8300. Once connected using BT and the standard protocol here, I would launch Safari and no matter what site I would click on, it brought up a Verizon sign up for braodband web page.

    So I thought that that was the end of my internet while on the road.

    I rechecked that I was on the 1X setting, but as mentioned above, I changed the MIP setting to SIP Only.

    Well now it looks like I’m back in business. I’m not sure if the different setting had anything to do with my initial problem.

    Now off to go camping, and bring the internet with me.


    May 20th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

  61. Jonathan says:

    Oh, and thank you very much for the help. Have a great holiday.


    May 20th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

  62. Scott says:

    How do you change the MIP setting to SIP Only on an 8350? The directions for the 8300 are different then the 8350. Thanks!

    August 27th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

  63. Jay says:

    I followed the directions exactly and even double checked them and its not working. When I try to connect to the bluetooth it will try to connect and then I get a pop up box which says: “Could not negotiate a connection with the remote PPP server. Please verify your settings and try again”

    What do I need to do, also under the advanced settings in my bluetooth pane under network settings, I go into my modem tab and I don’t have anything that says modem script. I have vendor; model; and dial mode.

    November 14th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

  64. Jay says:

    Oh yea, I forgot to add in my last post that I am using Mac OSX version 10.5.5

    November 14th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

  65. Jacob says:

    I just got the new LG envy2 vx9100 and I subscribe to the verizon v cast vpak can I tether my phone to my computer, via bluetooth dongle and if so, HOW?

    November 28th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

  66. Willy B says:

    Jacob, my client has the same issue as you. He cannot get his to work with his Mac tethered. Working on it.

    December 5th, 2008 at 10:18 am

  67. michael says:

    I got it to work but now it brings me to a screen prompting me to subscribe to there $60.00 per month plan. Wow what a waste of time!

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:37 am

  68. Jpell says:

    when i connect and try to go to any website, it redirects me to

    what’s going on??? it wants me to pay for it, do i have to???

    January 31st, 2009 at 3:05 pm

  69. tgt114 says:

    Same here. Seems like they found it out and now block the access. I have an lg vx9700 (dare). I didn’t even change to 1x only and it still worked.

    March 29th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

  70. kdillard21 says:

    tgt114, did you have to do anything special to do dial up network via bluetooth with you dare? Every time I try to connect, it says “Could not open the communication device” Or did it just work? Thanks

    May 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

  71. Hoagiedogy says:

    I’m trying to use my macbook pro (OSX 10.5.7) with my LG Dare (VX9700). Can anyone walk me through the steps to use my dare as a modem for my Mac? I tried following the steps listed above… but never seems to work out quite right. Also… do I need a VCast plan or anything to use my phone as a modem? Thanks!

    August 8th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

  72. ToneDaBass says:

    I switched to Max OSX 10.6.1 Snow Leopard, and I can’t get this to work now. Any word if this is possible on Snow Leopard? If so, what do I need to do?

    October 4th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  73. Justin Gerard says:

    Same thing happened to me, but to get my dare to work, under advanced, set the vendor to Novatel Wireless Inc, and put the model to cdma! It works! Though, it sends me to that verizon DUN page.

    November 4th, 2009 at 11:44 am

  74. Karen says:

    Got my LG8550 to connect to my MBP (OS 10.5.8), but I get sent to the verizon DUN page too.

    November 12th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

  75. Ron says:

    Any help for DROID?

    June 7th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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