In many country the use of mobile phone for internet connection is becoming popular. The cost is competitive with fixed ADSL connection but with the big advantage of mobility.
It is pretty easy to use any GPRS/UMTS phone with a USB cable connection to get access to the internet using your UBUNTU machine. It takes only few minutes, less than 5.
I am using a motorola V3X but it should work with any new phone configured as a modem connected through the USB.
Remember that in the phone USB connection set-up dialog, you have to configure the USB to work as data connection and not as memory card. This is a step that must be done for every OS, Windows too.
Now, let’s go to the Ubuntu configuration:
– connect the phone to the USB
– open a terminal
– $sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf
– wait for the recognition and configuration of the modem, few seconds.
– $sudo vi /etc/wvdial.conf
– put in the username and password any word you like and remove the semicolumn
– put your service provider phone number for data connection, i.e. *99# for Vodafone
– add the line: Stupid Mode = 1
– save the file /etc/wvdial.conf
– $sudo wvdial &
You are connected.
Fast and easy, easier than Windows.
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