I have a Vodafone K3760 3G dongle I've used on laptops since Squeeze & Wheezy generally using (in preference to Gnome Network Manager's own support for mobile broadband) an application Vodafone used to put out called various things over the years:
- Vodafone Mobile Connect (
- Betavine Connection Manager (
- and more recently
Some history here.
Having just upgraded the first of several laptops to Jessie, I tried out the dongle. For the purposes of IP connectivity it works flawlessly with Gnome Network Manager (Wheezy was always a bit temperamental, which is why I stuck with the Vodafone application).
However: the Vodafone utility did also offer the ability to
- track accumulated network usage
- send and receive texts (SMS). The ability to receive them is particularly useful/essential abroad, to see what extortionate data rate will be charged. (And I note Vodafone's own instructions for registering for "My Vodafone" - which includes them sending an SMS - includes text to the effect that if you're using "a tablet or mobile internet dongle" you'll need "Vodafone Mobile Connect" software on a laptop).
So I was intending to install whatever Vodafone's latest incarnation for Linux is. Except there doesn't seem to be one. Vodafone have a page for Vodafone Mobile Broadband Software, which does have a "Linux" link (on the "Latest release for Mac..." pulldown, oddly!) but that attempts to take you to the apparently non-existent http://www.betavine.net/bvportal/resources/datacards (and neither www.betavine.net or betavine.net appears to exist). Nor does there seem to be anything useful at http://www.developer.vodafone.com/.
Is Linux support dead or am I just missing something? Are there other, better tools for doing the things Gnome Network Manager doesn't do (ie accessing SMS functionality of the device, and tracking accumulated bandwidth usage)?
I'd even be interested in a copy of the Vodafone app's sources if they're Out There somewhere - although not sure if Vodafone ever released them or it was binary only for the core, which I think was Qt; there were certainly some Python dependencies though.