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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Question Use HTC Magic as modem


    I've just bought the new HTC Magic here in Denmark, but when I plug it into my Ubuntu, I don't get the option to use it as a 3G modem.

    Phone info:
    Model number: HTC Magic
    Firmware version: 1.5
    Kernel version 2.6.27-dd63d1eb u70000@Android-X01
    Build number: 2.16.401.5 146733 CL#33743 release-keys
    Computer: Ubuntu 9.04

    When I plug the USB cable into the phone, the following shows up in dmesg:
    [295900.736046] usb 2-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 9
    [295900.888577] usb 2-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    [295900.909075] scsi9 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
    [295900.909164] usb-storage: device found at 9
    [295900.909165] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
    [295905.910220] usb-storage: device scan complete
    [295905.912237] scsi 9:0:0:0: Direct-Access     HTC      Android Phone    0100 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
    [295905.918219] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
    [295905.918286] sd 9:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
    Does anyone have any experience with using an Android-powered HTC phone as modem for Ubuntu?

    If you need any more info, please let me know

    Best regards,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006

    Re: Use HTC Magic as modem

    Same here (but in Sweden ). I also would like to get my lovely mobile to work as a modem in Ubuntu.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Re: Use HTC Magic as modem

    I too want it to work!

  4. #4
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    Dec 2008

    Re: Use HTC Magic as modem

    Have u tried connecting via Bluetooth?
    It works great with HTC Diamond and Ubuntu.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Re: Use HTC Magic as modem

    No luck on bluetooth for me anyway (With the UK Vodafone version)

    Unlike previous Nokia phones the HTC magic doesn't appear to have a "Dial Up Networking" channel available when you scan the bluetooth services avaiable (only seems to have Headset / Mic etc.)

    So I don't know what to do to get it to work ... with previous Nokia phones you had to set the rfcomm to the correct bluetooth channel and then it worked fairly easily - but this doens't seem to be possible with the Magic as I can't find the channel at all.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: Use HTC Magic as modem

    There is a program in the android software repository called "tether Blu" which allows you to basically use your mobile phone as a wifi device over a bluetooth connection, unfortunately it doesn't let you use your cell network internet. Perhaps a program like this can be written, and probably will soon, considering the open source nature of android

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