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I got a Huawei E173 internet dongle today, and was surprised to find that only Windows and MacOS were supported (I'm not sure why, maybe I just haven't bought any new tech in a long time). But I persevered.

Fedora 15 & 16;
Plug in device, and NetworkManager will (after a while) automatically pick it up. Turn on 'Mobile Broadband', click on the clickable option below it and you'll be brought through the wizard (insert PIN, select provider, plan type (i.e. contract or prepay), etc). Done.

Fedora 14;
Not so easy. Plug in device and it's only getting picked up as removable storage.
You need two packages from the official repos; libusb-devel and usb_modeswitch
Once installed the device gets picked up properly by NetworkManager. Select it from the 'Mobile Broadband' section and go through the wizard. Done.

All in all, not too bad. And actually faster than installing the .exe under Windows 7. (Note, the Ubuntu package names seem to be libusb-dev and usb-modeswitch.)
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