Ubuntu Karmic Maxis Huawei Celcom Vodafone Broadband Problem

Salam to all.

My friend got a maxis broadband huawei dongle which he continuously use on his WinXP. Well, I tested the dongle back in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy (read here and here for windows) and had to tweak my system to use the dongle. But for karmic, I just curiously want to know if the dongle  is been supported out-of-the-box. I mean, it have been a long way since Gutsy!

So I plug in the dongle and guess what? Haha.. it been detected as usb-storage; same as always! After goggling a few minutes, I found a promising solution which I read at the launchpad bug report page (forgot the URL).

The Solution :

1. Fire-up your Software Sources in System - Administration menu
2. Click the third party tab and add this line


3. Remember to choose the proposed and backports repos
4. Update the repos
5. Fire-up terminal and type this

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

That should cover it! What you just did is upgrading the network manager which recoqnizes the mobile broadband.

Anyway, you can always check the package here :


Good luck and please tell me if this do help you. A simple 2-words "thank you" is enough.

Edit :

I just found out a possible new solution for Maxis Huawei USB e220. However, I don't know whether this is working or not because I don't have Windows nor Mac OSX to test it out.

1. Download a new firmware upgrade from Maxis here:


2. Run the upgrade file in Windows.

3. The official guide on how to do this is here:

Windows - http://www.maxis.com.my/maxisbb/download/E220_SoftwareUpgrade_PCfinal.pdf

Mac - http://www.maxis.com.my/maxisbb/download/E220_SoftwareUpgrade_MACfinal.pdf