Activating a Verizon CDMA cellular modem

The following instructions assume that the modem was registered with Verizon. To configure the Local Manager for an embedded CDMA modem:

[[email protected]]# modem
[[email protected] (modem)]# config init
This device has already been initialized.
Would you like to reinitialize it? (y/n): y
--- Enter New Values ---
Detected Internal CDMA. Updating settings.
description: Verizon CDMA Modem
make [cellular]: cellular
Serial Bit Rate [115200]: 115200
Serial Data Bit [8]:
Serial Parity [none]:
Serial Stop Bit [1]:
Serial Flow Control [none]:
Do you want to commit these changes? (y/n): y
Testing login will take a few moments...
Login successful; credentials are valid.

The CDMA modem must be activated on Verizon’s network before it will work. To activate this modem on the Verizon network (i.e. perform over-the-air service provisioning – OTASP), you need to access the modem AT interface and enter the following two commands:


followed by


Note: You will need to enter the “~” (tilde) character twice when typing the second AT command, as the terminal session will filter out the first “~” character.

[[email protected] (modem)]# terminal
Press ~[ENTER] to exit.
Connecting ...
Console session started. Press ~[ENTER] to exit.


Note: The MDN and MSID information will be displayed after issuing the “AT~NAMVAL?0” command. The system identification number (SID) and the network identification number (NID) might also be displayed. This information is omitted from the screen capture example above.

Once the modem is activated on Verizon’s network, configure the modem PPP settings to establish an internet connection as follows:

[[email protected] (modem)]# config ppp
--- Existing Values ---
Phone Number:
User Name:
Use Static IP Address:
Change these? (y/n) [n]: y
--- Enter New Values ---
Phone Number []: #777
User Name:
Use Static IP Address (y/n) [n]: n
Do you want to commit these changes? (y/n): y

If a VPN connection is required, use the config vpn command at the modem port to configure the VPN settings. 

Last updated on 2015-08-12 23:30:54 UTC.
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