How To: Get Cell C HSDPA USB dongle to work in Ubuntu

w1z4rd

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Strange. Last time I had to install a USB dongle. I plugged it in. Ubuntu picked it up. Asked what network I use, so I chose CellC... and that was that. It just worked.
 

fskmh

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From my own experience, the most common problem with new or "exotic" USB modems is that the device does not exist in /etc/usb_modeswitch.d/ and hence the device remains registered as a storage device. Once you've updated usb_modeswitch and restarted udev, the device gets ejected and then ModemManager and NetworkManager can do their thing.

I would expect Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to have an outdated usb_modeswitch device list, but updating usb_modeswitch is probably a good place to start on any distro if you're having issues with the USB dongle not being picked up as a modem.
 
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