This is the first in what will be a short series of posts of what Ive had to do to get Debian (Lenny – currently the testing distro) working fully and smoothly on my new T61p.
Read it here
Before setting this up with Debian, Id recommend getting it working with Windows if you havent reformatted over it yet. The card and connection pretty much just works on Lenovos preinstalled Windows. This will mostly eliminate Verizon as the source of the problem if things dont go right with Debian.