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.