I'll agree that mobile phones do not make good modems. However, a poor modem is better than no modem at all, and gprs phones, when working, are often better than landline dialup.
Recently, there seems to have been a "rash" of sales of these gprs enabled phones in Pakistan. Many people seem to be interested in using them for internet browsing from their PC. Especially as vendors are promising broadband-like speeds.
To a user previously languishing on a dialup connection over an old (copper) landline: gprs will look like a gift from the gods.
... for a common review.
Of course: GNUlancer (OP) is Russian
I have visited Lahore (ages ago) and even tried to learn a little urdu - salaam
meri Urdu kharab hei. <cringe>
I was interested in the burgeoning hacker community (as well as the normal tourist stuff). While I was there, the only reliable communication I had was through the internet cafes.