A HOWTO get the HUAWEI E220 USB modem to work on GUTSY for BEGINNERS
Firstly I'd like to thank the many people who offered me help. Many thanks for your help.
Yes I also surfed the net on Windows as I could not get the USB modem to work on Ubuntu
I tried many options learning a bit here and there but did not succeed. Eventually I managed to get it to work using the following method; I have subsequently reinstalled ubuntu 3x and each time followed this proceedure to get online 1x more
1/ Check that you have the following files installed Note this also the order for installing without problems.
You can find and download them using Windows Just be carefull to select the correct package according to the version you have. I only had access to internet via Windows until I got it working in Ubuntu. I found that I only had to download and install the above files. It is possible that earlier versions may require a few extra files. This I assume from all the QA's Howto's etc that I tracked down, read and tried while trying to get Gutsy to work.
I do not know how to install the above files as a group - perhaps some guru could submit a teaching for us beginners, Yes it's laborious but it works
sudo dpkg -i name
You can use copy and paste to save typing Note must be full file name I usually have a file browser window and a terminal window together so I can see the files.
2/ Download and install the file It comes as a deb type file. so get the right one for your OS
Vodafone-mobile-card-driver-for-linux (check for correct version)
3/ Having done this we need to activate the modem. Look in Applications - Internet
You should now see an entry “ Vodafone Mobile Connect Card Driver for Linux”
Clicking on this will cause a Splash Screen similar to this to appear. When plugging the E220 in an info bubble will appear informing you that it has found 'new hardware' viz ' Huawei E220'
After initialising the splash screen will change to that of Vodafone as shown below.
To connect check the preferences screen by clicking on Tools then Preferences
Change the entries for Username and Password to
Change Preferred Host to
Change APN host to
Tick box "Use static nameservers"
Untick box "Manage my /etc/pp.......... "
Leave Primary and Secondary addresses as they appear (auto detected)
I found that these settings work 100% for Vodacom SA
For other ISPs ;
It may be necessary to untick “ Use static nameservers”
it maybe necessary to use a different APN host name eg Vodafone
it maybe necessary to use another name for User Name and Password
NOTE I ONLY had to make changes here to get my Huawei E220 up and running on Vodacom SA
NO I did not have to write any scripts, edit any *.conf files or anything like that
Note the Red Disconnect Button shown is also the Green Connect button
Yes you can send and receive sms's (beat that Windows)
Yes you can surf and upload/download files
I hope that readers will find this HOWTO useful and be able to solve their problems with the Huawei E220
I have only tried this on the Ubuntu Gutsy revision but it should work on others
You can email me for the screen shots if you feel u need them