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Verizon today unveiled its first LTE modems, but they won’t work with your Mac. Not if you’re using OS X, at least. The LG VL600, Verizon’s LTE launch USB modem device, is only compatible with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.

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Verizon today unveiled its first LTE modems, but they won’t work with your Mac.  Not if you’re using OS X, at least. The LG VL600, Verizon’s LTE launch USB modem device, is only compatible with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. Another modem, the Pantech UML290, will be available soon after launch, but it doesn’t appear to be Mac-compatible either, according to early reports.

If you run Windows using Boot Camp on your Mac, or use virtualization software like Parallels or VMware Fusion, then you might be able to take advantage of the new Verizon LTE service. But if you’re a Mac user, chances are you don’t want to have to depend on a Windows crutch to get you network access. Way to drop the ball, Verizon.

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  1. Those USB dongles are a waste of money anyways. Verizon needs to roll out a 4G Mifi and call it a day.

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  2. And they want the iPhone on their network? I’d give them the big middle finger!

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  3. BUUUUUURRRRRNNNNNNNNNNN

    no iPhone no LTE… How do you like them Apples, erm Apple? (pun intended)

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  4. Does it even matter that what Verizon is calling 4G isn’t 4G?

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  5. Most people have Windows operating systems, this is normal start for Verizon, it seems carefully planned. I am sure there is much more to come by February.

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  6. LTE-Advanced is 4G, but i doubt that is what this article is about.

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  7. Hamranhansenhansen Wednesday, December 1, 2010

    The AT&T 3.5G on iPad/iPhone is faster than Verizon’s 4G (and much, much faster than Verizon’s archaic CDMA 3G) so just tether your Mac to your iPhone and you are better off than with a Verizon 4G USB dongle.

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    1. You should check that fact sprints 4g is getting about 5mbs sec, verizon 4g LTE is about 10mbs, and att 3.5g is about 750kb-1.5mbs.

      ;)

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  8. that’s expensive

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  9. http://community.vzw.com/t5/Broadband-Netbook-MiFi-Devices/UML290-4G-Device/td-p/345096
    Temporary MAC fix using Apple’s generic dialer until VZAccess becomes available.

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