Using Nokia N70 to connect to internet with Ubuntu 8.04

Recently I bought a Nokia N70 Music Edition. It was mainly for internet on the go; to check mail, browse the net, receive and make VOIP calls. Just to see whether it would work, I tried to connect to internet via 3G using the N70. To much to my delight I was successfully connected to internet without any issues using the GNOME network applet/admin. I have a Dialog Broadband connection, and download speeds were in the range of 25KB/s-40KB/s, pretty good on WCDMA 2100. Best part of all was that I didn’t have to touch the command line. So all not so technically inclined folks can make it work as well without glitches.

Bellow you will find the steps. Please make sure you can browse the net with the phone to make sure you are in a service area ;).

Step 1

Connect the phone to the PC. I used USB but Bluetooth is reported to be working on Ubuntu 8.04 as well.

Step 2

Start the network admin application (System -> Administration -> Network), you’ll have to unlock it if you are not root (most likely you are not).

Step 3

Select “Point to point connection” and open up the properties.

Step 4

In the General tab make the following changes. Check/select “Enable this connection”. Select GPRS/UMTS as the Connection type. Set the Access point name to what’s provided by your service provider (In my case it was Under account data put your username and password provided by your service provider if any.

Step 5

In the modem tab select/type in the correct modem port, in my case it was /dev/ttyACM0. If it doesn’t work for you, plug the phone usb cable while monitoring /var/log/messages, you can see where the phone is being mounted.

Step 6

Save the settings by pressing Ok, then activate the connection by checking the check box against “Point to point connection”.

That’s it, now you should be connected to the internet via 3G if there is coverage in your area or else via GPRS. Hope you will find this post helpful.

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5 thoughts on “Using Nokia N70 to connect to internet with Ubuntu 8.04”

  1. Really good article. I have been following your blog for last 3 months. You have good knowledge
    on Mobile(cell phone) Industry and happenings. Please continue the good work. Thank you.

  2. @MOHA

    When i tried before installing Ubuntu 8.04 on my DELL XPS M1330 laptop it worked fine with Nokia 6681. I’ve directly connected to internet just mentioning the carrier in network.

    But after installing Ubuntu 8.04 I’m not able to connect to internet using Nokia 6681.

    I’ve tried many steps like GNOME PPP, modem settings …

    could you please suggest how can I use the internet from my nokia on my laptop using USB cable?????

  3. Now I use Bluez. You can install it simply by apt-get install bluez-utils. After you install bluez, pair your device and then click Setup to make the device appear in the Network manager.

    I can’t remember whether network manager support was added in 8.04 or 9.04, but I recommend that you upgrade to 9.04 or wait a bit and upgrade to 9.10 😉

  4. i have connected my n70 via usb to windows 7 hp laptop, the connection was established but a it shows internet access not allowed please help

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