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Linux Compatibility Guides for 3G (WCDMA, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA) Laptops, Notebooks & Adapters

Here are links to installation and configuration reports for Linux laptops and notebooks featuring a 3G (GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA) modem card as well as for UMTS USB, PCI (mini) Express, CardBus and PCMCIA adapters. For UMTS PC-Card modems see also the Linux PCMCIA Card Compatibility Survey. You are welcome to submit your own guide, too.

Laptops and Notebooks with UMTS Adapters

Dialogue FlyBook V23i [PRINT]LinuxGerman
HP/COMPAQ 2510pKUbuntu 8.04 
HP/COMPAQ 2710pKUbuntuGerman
HTC Shift (aka P9500, Shangrila, Clio)Ubuntu 
IBM ThinkPad T61 NC216GEDebian Lenny 64bit 
IBM ThinkPad X300Ubuntu 8.04 
Toshiba Tecra M1Ubuntu 

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UMTS USB, PCMCIA, PCI (mini) Express Adapters and Cards

Bandrich Bandluxe C100 - HSDPA Express Card + USB NEW  Linux 
GlobeSurfer ICON UMTS/GPRS NEW  Ubuntu 6.06 
Huawei E169 NEW  Debian 
Huawei E220 UMTS/GPRS Modem NEW  UbuntuGerman
Huawei E220 UMTS/GPRS Modem NEW  Ubuntu 6.06 
Huawei E220 UMTS/GPRS Modem NEW  Linux 
Huawei E220 UMTS/GPRS Modem NEW  Ubuntu Edgy 
Huwaei E220 UMTS/GPRS Modem NEW  Linux 
Option GlobeTrotter Fusion (WiFi 802.11g, UMTS/GPRS/GSM) NEW  Novell/SuSE 9.1 
Option GlobeTrotter (GPRS/GSM) NEW  Linux 
Vodafone Mobile Connect (UMTS) 3G/GPRS Datacard NEW  Fedora Core 1 
Vodafone 3G Datacard (UMTS/GPRS/GSM) (PCMCIA, USB) NEW  Linux 
Vodafone Globe Trotter 3G+ Board NEW  Gentoo 
Vodafone Easybox-3 (aka Huawei E220/E270, GPRS/UMTS/HDSPA) NEW  LinuxGerman

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UMTSmon is a tool to control and monitor a 3G (WCDMA, UMTS, HSDPA) card in a laptop. It handles PIN codes, operator choice (roaming), sending/receiving SMS, and the setup of the connection.


Comgt is a command line tool for controlling, configuring and interacting with Option Wireless 3G and 2G ( HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, GSM) data devices within the Linux environment.

Vodafone Mobile Connect Card Driver for Linux

VMC - Vodafone Mobile Connect Card Driver for Linux makes it easy to get connected with any of the GPRS/3G cards supported. Besides managing connections with different technologies like GPRS, UMTS, and HSDPA, this applications supports receiving and sending SMS, access to contacts, and offers diagnostics information for troubleshooting. Tested devices include: Option GlobeTrotter 3G+ EMEA (PCMCIA), Huawei E220 (USB), and Huawei E620 (PCMCIA).


USB_ModeSwitch is a mode switching tool for controlling "flip flop" (multiple device) USB gear. Several new USB devices have their MicroSoft Windows drivers onboard; when plugged in for the first time they act like a flash storage and start installing the driver from there. After that (and on every consecutive plugging) this driver switches the mode internally, the storage device vanishes (in most cases), and a new device (like an USB modem) shows up. Some call that feature "ZeroCD". Works with e.g. Huawei E220 (aka "Vodafone EasyBox II", aka "T-Mobile wnw Box Micro") and other UMTS devices.


launch2net: a launcher for EDGE, 3G UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA modems (PC Card, ExpressCard, USB). Available for Linux as well as for MAC OSX.

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