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Actually, I do not need mobile modem for mobile browsing because I mainly use internet access at home or by using public hotspot, but sometimes I need it when traveling and there is no hotspot available. I bought Vodafone-Huawei USB/HSDPA mobile modem E270, detected as K-3565 on Windows machine.

The modem bundled with 3 GSM, local internet provider here in Indonesia. Price are about IDR 600.000,- , equivalent with  approximately US$ 60, with free access bonus for 3 month. The modem also provide modem driver for Windows but sadly without modem driver for Linux. But, surprise, modem has successfully detected and works out of the box on broadband mobile connection-KDE desktop environment on openSUSE 11.3. Even better, I do not need modemswitch application to change from USB disk to USB modem.

vavai:/home/vavai # lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 12d1:1003 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. E220 HSDPA Modem / E270 HSDPA/HSUPA Modem
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c045 Logitech, Inc. Optical Mouse
vavai:/home/vavai # dmesg | grep modem
[   73.732516] USB Serial support registered for GSM modem (1-port)
[   73.732557] option 1-2:1.0: GSM modem (1-port) converter detected
[   73.732760] usb 1-2: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB0
[   73.732775] option 1-2:1.1: GSM modem (1-port) converter detected
[   73.732891] usb 1-2: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB1
[   73.732980] option: v0.7.2:USB Driver for GSM modems
vavai:/home/vavai #

What I do simply using add Network Connection on mobile broadband network from plasma widget on the system tray (KNetwork manager), fill in some basic setting and then click connect button.

vavai:/home/vavai # ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1B:38:C3:1F:29
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
RX packets:66 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:66 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:4676 (4.5 Kb)  TX bytes:4676 (4.5 Kb)

ppp0      Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
inet addr:10.41.83.46  P-t-P:10.64.64.64  Mask:255.255.255.255
UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
RX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:15 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:3
RX bytes:484 (484.0 b)  TX bytes:387 (387.0 b)

vavai:/home/vavai # ping google.co.id
PING google.co.id (66.249.89.99) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from nrt04s01-in-f99.1e100.net (66.249.89.99): icmp_seq=1 ttl=49 time=219 ms
64 bytes from nrt04s01-in-f99.1e100.net (66.249.89.99): icmp_seq=2 ttl=49 time=237 ms

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