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Many UMTS cards can be used easily with Linux. This article has been tested with SUSE Linux 11.1 but should work for other versions as well.

Here is how you connect to the internet using your UMTS card:

  • Install umtsmon
yast2 -i umtsmon
  • in case of a USB surf stick: attach it
  • Start umtsmon
  • Enter your pin
  • Choose Connection|Manage profiles
  • Add a profile with the APN, save it
  • Click Connection|Connect.

It works now:

 tweedleburg:~ # ping
 PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=245 time=1158 ms
 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=245 time=896 ms
 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=245 time=719 ms
 --- ping statistics ---
 4 packets transmitted, 3 received, 25% packet loss, time 4291ms
 rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 1890.317/2142.079/2282.493/178.426 ms, pipe 3
 tweedleburg:~ # ip addr
 9: ppp0: <POINTOTPOINT,MULTICAST,NOARP,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UNKNOWN qlen 500
     inet peer scope global ppp0

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