Well, today I got myself the Cell C 2GIG prepaid deal. Yes people, I have gone over to the dark side. The reasons being that the Vodacom signal for 3G at home is truly non existent and well, Cell C just seemed the way to go for now.
At first I struggled, Ubuntu picked up the modem no probs, but it kept asking for a password. I could for the life of me not figure out what it wanted. The pin was not active on the sim and no where in the manual did it say anything about Cell C wanting a password for you to sign in. So, after a couple of smokes later and my car tyres being kicked, I went into the "connection" manually in network manager, and saw that it had a user name filled in there. I took that out and then it connected.
It would only connect on GPRS/EDGE though, but it worked. Could open google etc, but was dreadfully slow. I went back into the profile and saw that with Ubuntu, you can now force it onto 3G only. WOW...i did not know Ubuntu now had this function. Anyway, so there it connects on 3G and the light is blue. I try open a web page...and f@kol happens. I disconnect about 5 times and reconnect with the same result. I get tired and leave it and have a nap. I connect again on GPRS and there it works again. BUT SLOWLY!!!! Reboot the laptop, and viola....now I can get data over 3G also. I guess Cell C needed some time for my new sim to be updated on their systems and provisioned for 3G etc etc.
Anyway, so far so good. Speed is great and it has been connected now for about 2 hours without loosing the connection. COOL.
Anyway...im off to browse some naughty sites....ciao ciao!