[clug] Mobile Broadband

Michael Manning michael at michaelmanning.org
Fri Mar 12 04:34:54 MST 2010

Hi Brett,

Late night short possible answers.....

If the phone is on a Telstra plan and using the default Telstra plan style
data connection then you will need an APN of "telstra.internet".

The username and password can be essentially anything because as far as I
understand it the SIM is the authenticated component. For work data devices
I use a username like "telstra at bigpond.com" and a password of "password"

As far as PIN and PUK go I would enter the PIN as used on the phone (if you
have not already disabled that) and leave the PUK blank.

Authentication is normally CHAP or PAP (seen it work with both at different
times) and compression I would only be guessing.

Hope this short reply helps somewhat - others may be able shed more detailed
light on this though.

Michael Manning

On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:26 PM, Brett Worth <brett at worth.id.au> wrote:

> I have a work supplied mobile phone which is on a Telstra plan that
> includes 600MB/month
> internet access.  If I want to look at the web I just select the Internet
> icon and bingo,
> I'm surfing.  The chances of me using up the 600MB of data in a month is
> zero given the
> tiny screen and no qwerty keyboard.
> What I'd really like to do is get my linux laptop to connect to the
> Internet via the
> phone.  Ideally using bluetooth but for now I'd be happy for it work via
> USB.  In years
> gone by I've used bluetooth and RFCOMM and been presented with a virtual
> modem through
> which I can dial into a normal modem but this is obviously way off track in
> this case.
> When I connect the phone to the laptop with a usb cable and select "PC
> Suite" on the
> phone, the kde network manager pops up a message saying that a mobile
> broadband device has
> been detected (so that's good).  The network manager system tray icon has a
> new option
> that has a mobiel phone icon and says "create network connection".  Then
> when I go into
> the knetwork manager's "manage connections" dialog I am presented with a
> (not greyed out)
> tab called "Mobile Broadband".  So far so good.
> I can then say "Add GSM" and am presented with a dialog box that has a
> "Mobile Broadband"
> and "PPP" tab.
> The Mobile Broadband tab has a "Basic" block with entry fields for Number,
> Username and
> Password and an "Advanced" block with fields for APN, Type (dropdown), PIN
> and PUK.
> The PPP tab is a series of tick boxen for Authentication types and
> Compression.
> Now I've never had to do anything inside the phone for it to magically
> connect to the
> Telstra network but it seems that the details I need for knetwork manager
> are somehow
> preset in the phone.
> Has anyone on the list been through this exercise and is able to give me
> some hints as to
> what setting I might need?
> Regards
> Brett
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