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londonlad
October 13th, 2010, 09:20 PM
Hi all,

My 3 mobile broadband software runs in Windows, but how can you get it to run in Ubuntu? I assume you use Wine, but I am not sure how! :(


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AndyM3
October 13th, 2010, 09:27 PM
There is a possibility that you can just plug the modem in, wait a minute for NM to detect it, select "New Mobile Broadband Connection" from the NetworkManager menu, pick your country and network and it'll just work. Did you try that?

londonlad
October 13th, 2010, 09:38 PM
Yes the modem works & I can get online, but I am wanting to know how to get the S/W working so I can send/receive text messages!

Thanks.

corcomp84
October 13th, 2010, 09:41 PM
what is the device spec's,, I was thinking about doing the same thing..

londonlad
October 13th, 2010, 09:44 PM
what is the device spec's,, I was thinking about doing the same thing..

Device specs? What dya mean, I am a noob! :confused:

AndyM3
October 13th, 2010, 09:45 PM
Looks like you can't send/receive SMSes (look here (http://www.eigenmagic.com/2009/02/02/3-australia-prepaid-mobile-broadband-with-ubuntu/)). And I don't think Wine is able to run something like their app. Sorry. :(

bennachie
October 13th, 2010, 09:46 PM
I'm not sure about the current UK situation, but here in Australia, using 10.04 or 10.10, the method suggested by AndyM3 works just fine with the 3G modems provided by Telstra and Optus, and with most of those provided by Vodafone.

If you have one of the exceptions, or absolutely must have access to SMS messages, Vodafone Mobile Connect for Linux will do the trick, and can be freely downloaded from https://forge.betavine.net/frs/?group_id=12. You want the latest deb versions of ozerocdoff (0.4-2) and vodafone-mobile-connect (2.25.01-1). Don't worry about downloading usb-modeswitch, you've got a later version already installed.

I understand that, with a little manual intervention, VMC will also handle some of the recalcitrant modems distributed by other telcos in the UK, but haven't tried that.

In any case, Network Manager has always worked for me on UK-based prepaid modems while travelling there in the past. I haven't tried Three (now merging with Vodafone over here, as it happens) but T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone units work just fine.

yunone
October 13th, 2010, 10:06 PM
i just use google voice now when i connected with my USB modem. its free and works great!

alexfish
October 13th, 2010, 10:47 PM
Yes the modem works & I can get online, but I am wanting to know how to get the S/W working so I can send/receive text messages!

Thanks.

Hi

have you tried WAMMU

alexfish

apmcd47
October 13th, 2010, 11:57 PM
If you have 10.04/Lucid, try this page (http://www.betavine.net/bvportal/blog/view.html?blogId=133&postId=ff8080812942915f01294cd0e6e322bc).

Basically run this:
sh -c 'wget http://www.betavine.net/repository/bcm_lucid_install.sh -O /tmp/bcm.sh && /usr/bin/xterm -e sudo sh /tmp/bcm.sh'
It will give you something you can text with. I was using vodafone, I don't know if it will work with other networks.

Andrew

alexfish
October 14th, 2010, 12:11 AM
If you have 10.04/Lucid, try this page (http://www.betavine.net/bvportal/blog/view.html?blogId=133&postId=ff8080812942915f01294cd0e6e322bc).

Basically run this:
sh -c 'wget http://www.betavine.net/repository/bcm_lucid_install.sh -O /tmp/bcm.sh && /usr/bin/xterm -e sudo sh /tmp/bcm.sh'
It will give you something you can text with. I was using vodafone, I don't know if it will work with other networks.

Andrew

According to the site these are Beta Versions :

If you have problems with the software , Betavine would welcome user input
Hopefully Advancing the Final Release:

If you are a Novice at installing and un-installing this type of software "Think twice and request help from Betavine".

Andrew Bird seem's to have an understanding of how things work


Remember This Section is Absolute Beginners Talk
alexfish