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3G Wireless in Ubuntu on your ARM Chromebook

If you have an ARM Chromebook with 3G access and want to put Ubuntu on it and also keep your 3G access, do the following:

  • If you haven’t already, set up 3G in ChromeOS and make sure it works.
  • Install Ubuntu on an external drive or SD card
  • sudo apt-get install wvdial
  • Put this in your /etc/wvdial.conf after replacing the XXXs with your phone number that Verizon set up for you. You should have an email from them when you activated their free 100MB/month plan with the number in it.
  • Then run sudo wvdial.
  • You may have it do it a couple of times before you see pppd do stuff. You can exit out of wvdial, pppd stays running until you kill it.
  • I so far cannot get the network configuration GUI to play nice with this, but I’ll let you know if I do.