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I've got one of the new USB Vodafone Mobile connect cards.I used to have the PCMCIA version but my new laptop doesn't have any PCMCIA card slots.
Anyway I can't seem get this to work in SUSE. It's basically a bog standard broadband (fast) modem.
The only way I can get this to work currently is via a WINDOWS Virtual machine running as a Guest under VMWARE. The Kernel didn't need to be re-compiled to recognize this USB device - it's not a disk and doesn't have a file system.
It's a bit silly to have to bring up an entire Windows Virtual Machine just because I need to use Vodafone Mobile Connect on the road.
Before you say why not simply use a WiFI / wireless connection -- please read on.
These type of cards are actually fine since you can use them on the move for example whilst travelling on Trains etc etc. These work wherever a mobile phone service is available. - Wi-FI / wireless access points are fine if you are in a static locataion which isn't always my case - so I'd be out of range after a minute or two and these days a lot of Hotels - especially the better standard ones charge outrageous prices for accessing their WIFI connections so an unlimited subscription to a service like mobile data connect is well worth the money --speed is also around 1.5 MB now so it's fine when travelling.
Similar services are provided by O2 etc etc. I just happen to have VODAFONE but the same should apply to any service provider.