[Gllug] Mobile phone broadband

Caroline Ford caroline.ford.work at googlemail.com
Mon Jun 2 16:03:58 UTC 2008

2008/6/2 Sean Burlington <sean at practicalweb.co.uk>:
> Vidar Hokstad wrote:
>> On 2 Jun 2008, at 14:51, Dylan wrote:
>>> Does anyone have any experience or recommendations they can make,
>>> especially
>>> regarding the quality of service from the various suppliers, which
>>> 'modems'
>>> work with Linux and which don't (if any) and any gotcha's or hoops
>>> which have
>>> to be navigated.
> Hi Vidar,
>   I've just got myself a three USB modem which I'm reasonably happy with
> I've made some notes at:
> http://www.practicalweb.co.uk/blog/08/05/25/mobile-internet-and-ubuntu
> I need to update them
> 1) it does work under windows after all - but under either OS it
> frequently doesn't connect first time so you have to retry
> 2) The windows tool has a nice SMS interface (I didn't realise these
> modems had SMS capability). I'm investigating Linux sms tools
> 3) Connection speed varies - sometimes great - sometimes poor (dial up
> speed) - from the same location in central London .
> The rounded oblong dongle thing (HUAWEI E220 3G HSDPA USB MODEM)  is
> supported in kernel versions of 2.6.20 and above
> some ports are filtered - but I haven't investigated properly.
> I'd be happy to do some further testing and report back if you want.
Vodafone compresses images which you can't get rid of.

Also content control has a habit of being stuck on which greatly
restricts your browsing - it blocks all IM protocols and sites such as

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