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When I try and set up my mobile connection through the connection wizard it doesn't work at all. There is no indication that my computer even recognizes it. Any pointers? This is a Verizon dongle.

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It might help if you found out the device id of your dongle. You can get it with lsusb (look at the results). It looks something like this: 046d:c30e. Search for that id on the internet and you'll surely find guides on how to set the stick up. Report your id back here, if you need more help. –  mniess Oct 22 '10 at 18:10

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You may need to install the usb-modeswitch package, if your Verizon device is a "flip-flop" device.

A "flip-flop" device is one that initially appears as a CD-ROM device that contains Windows drivers for the device. This driver, when installed, sends a special command to the device to let it know that it can "flip" into modem mode.

Usually these devices have no Linux drivers on them. The usb-modeswitch program sends the special command unconditionally, and lets Linux's built-in facilities talk to the modem.

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What do you mean "flip-flop?" –  CullenDM Oct 22 '10 at 17:09
    
usb-modeswitch is already installed. –  CullenDM Oct 22 '10 at 17:12
    
Oh dear. Hmm. Well, I updated my answer to answer your question, anyway. You may need a newer version of usb-modeswitch (if one exists---unlikely given you're using 10.10) that knows about your device. –  Chris Jester-Young Oct 22 '10 at 17:12
    
This dongle does seem to have these features, it just doesn't show up at all in Ubuntu. –  CullenDM Oct 22 '10 at 17:14

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