[Gllug] PAYG mobile broadband

Richard W.M. Jones rich at annexia.org
Mon Dec 20 15:19:11 UTC 2010

On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 03:17:04PM +0000, Tristan Miller wrote:
> Dear all,
> On Thursday 16 December 2010, Tristan Miller wrote:
> > I did some further research and apparently Vodafone's PAYG "USB Modem
> > Stick white" is a K3570-Z, which is reported to work well with the
> > Sakis3G script.  The cost is £25, which includes 3GB, and £15 for every
> > 3GB thereafter.  The initial cost can be reduced to £15 through a
> > cashback site like <http://www.topcashback.co.uk/vodafone_-_personal/>.
> I got my Vodafone pay-as-you-go dongle on Friday and tried it out.  It 
> works, with one extremely irritating caveat:  the device must first be used 
> on a Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X machine.  I assume that the dongle is 
> somehow locked at first, and that the proprietary MS Windows/Mac OS X 
> "installation" software unlocks it.  I've posted further details at 
> <http://forum.sakis3g.org/smf/index.php?topic=262.0>.

I'm assuming this is "first time ever", not "first time each boot".

It'd be interesting to run the Windows software in a VM with a USB
analyzer below it, to see what exactly it's doing ...  I guess a task
for someone with plenty of time.


Richard Jones
Red Hat
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