Globe Tattoo on Linux Mint 9

After days of google search, I was finally able to access the internet through my old ZTE MF626 USB modem (branded as Globe Visibility way back then), thanks to these three blog posts:

1. Kirby Agudelo

2. pinoyTeacher

3. Ubuntu Forums

To check your prepaid balance, you can download wammu. Funsurf has an interesting review on wammu.

The good news is you don’t need wvdial with this setup. Here’s the step-by-step process:

1. USB ModeSwitch

USB_ModeSwitch is (surprise!) a mode switching tool for controlling “flip flop” (multiple device) USB gear.

Several new USB devices (especially high-speed wireless WAN stuff, there seems to be a chipset from Qualcomm offering that feature) have their MS Windows drivers onboard; when plugged in for the first time they act like a flash storage and start installing the driver from there.

After that (and on every consecutive plugging) this driver switches the mode internally, the storage device vanishes (in most cases), and a new device (like a USB modem) shows up. The WWAN gear maker Option calls that feature “ZeroCD (TM)”.

In short, we want our Globe Tattoo USB drive (or any carrier device for that matter) to act as a modem, not as a flash drive that your favorite distro would mount automatically.

To do that, we need to follow pinoyTeacher’s instruction:

a) insert your Tattoo USB drive

b) Terminal -> lsusb

Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 09da:000a A4 Tech Co., Ltd Port Mouse
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 009: ID 19d2:0031 ONDA Communication S.p.A. ZTE MF636
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Take note of the vendor ID (it’s 19d2 for ZTE, 12d1 for Huawei, etc).

c) Terminal -> sudo apt-get install usb-modeswitch

d) Terminal -> sudo usb_modeswitch -H 19d2:1446 -v 19d2 -p 1446 -R -V 19d2 -P 1001

Note: You would know that usb_modeswitch works when you don’t see your ZTE Tattoo USB drive being mounted automatically after inserting it. This is in contrast with  Huawei E1552 USB stick which was auto-mounted by Linux Mint 9 (indicated by the Globe Tattoo icon on the desktop).

2. NetworkManager is all you need

e) From the system tray, right-click NetworkManager

NetworkManager -> Edit Connections… -> Mobile Broadband tab -> Add

Choose your mobile broadband device -> Forward -> Country Philippines -> Provider Globe Telecom ->

Select your plan (My plan is not listed...), APN (enter http.globe.com.ph) -> Apply

Make sure to follow these settings:

Number: *99#

Username: globe

Password: globe

APN: http.globe.com.ph

Then, click Apply. I edited the name of this setting as Globe Tattoo. Wait for a few seconds, then click the NetworkManager icon. You should be able to see your Globe Tattoo in the menu, so just click it.

Done!

Tip: If you are on postpaid, the APN is internet.globe.com.ph

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