Yast won't configure Pantech UM175

I started this post under Network/Internet, but perhaps should have placed it here. Please see the following post. I have a verizon Pantech UM175 that is recognized by the system, but Yast will not configure. KPPP also has some interesting glitches with it.

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thanks for any help,
mike