A411 phone price A$99:
T6 phone price A$129:
Thanks to gyro who reported the A411 works via usb cable to enable Internet access:
I went to the ZTE website (the makers of the Teltra T6) and in their FAQ they state they don't support Linux but to look in their forum -- which I did, did a search on "linux", zero hits.
...but I'm wondering, wouldn't it be the same serial usb driver, and a bit of fiddling with wvdial.conf, to talk with the T6? I could only find the one Linux-specific post about ZTE nextG mobiles:
Not that I really want Internet access via the Telstra NextG network though, it's shockingly expensive. As I live in a remote rural region and drive long distances, I really need a mobile for emergencies. Also, sms's are very cheap. Telstra has a A$60 prepaid card that lasts for 12 months.
Comments:Posted on 24 Feb 2009, 22:59 by tronkel
3G on Linux
I managed to get an Asus PC connected up to 3G OK using Puppy 4.1.2. The Asus has a Huawei 620 modem built-in. I used the GPRS wizard in Puppy plus WVDIAL to configure it.
I imagine therefore that it will be possible to connect a mobile phone with the appropriate SIM card to 3G under Linux.
Prepaid 3G access is always very expensive. Can you not find a good contract deal with one of these companies maybe? You might also find that mobile itself comes free with the contract.