Vodafone USB Modem Issues

Asked by Rachel Hogan on 2009-04-29

My laptop died last week which resulted in me having to get a new hard drive installed. The guy that fixed it has installed Ubuntu on to my laptop as I didn't have a Windows licence and didn't want to pay for a new one given I only use the internet on my laptop. However, I use a Vodafone USB modem (E220 model) which I've got a contract with for the next 8 months. I went into Vodafone yesterday to get the software CD to install the usb modem but they've advised that it only works on Windows or Mac and they are currently developing the software for linux. Any suggestions to get this up and running or do I need to get Windows installed? Thanks

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Tom (tom6) said : #1

It used to work fine with Ubuntu 8.04 & 8.10 but i'm having trouble with the newest Ubuntu 9.04 and Vodaphone seem to have withdrawn the driver download they used have for linux on their website. I think Vodaphone need to be hassled into putting it back so we an use their hardware in linux.

Good luck and regards from

peter b (b1pete) said : #2

Rachel, pls take a look at


maybe it'll help you too.

peter b

Jac-Ni (jnventer) said : #3

Rachel, I have a dual-boot WinXP Pro / Ubuntu 9.04 system with an E220 modem and it's working great. The reason for the dual-boot system is because my wife is on WinXP. My E220 is about 18-months old, but let me just add that I could never get the original Vodafone software to work properly on Windows. To cure, I downloaded the modem's firmware from the manufacturer's site at http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/doc/list.do?type=-1&id=736 and subsequently flashed the modem within the first week. That sorted out all the connection issues and my wife's using it like that on WinXP ever since.

When I upgraded to 9.04 from 8.10, I again had connection issues. Actually, it was DNS trouble. I could connect to the Internet, but was unable to obtain the correct DNS IPs and hence couldn't surf the web as addresses could not be resolved. A complete security and recommended package upgrade a couple of days later sorted out Network Manager which was the last straw. After that, it was plain sailing (surfing).

So yeah, I can confirm that you don't need any drivers from Vodafone. You only need to set up a Mobile Broadband connection in Network Manager and then make sure that there are no outstanding updates for Network Manager and everything else to do with dial-up, e.g. ppp0, etc. Also check your user privileges under Users' Settings in Ubuntu and make sure that you can "Connect to Internet using a modem", "Connect to wireless and Ethernet networks" & "Use modems".


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