We recently received two Vodafone HSDPA cards. Under Mandriva 2007, getting them to work is quite trivial. Insert the card, run Mandriva Control Center->Network & Internet->Set up a new network interface.

It finds the card:

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Enter the PIN for the SIM card:

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Choose whichever non-Unlisted network it finds:

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The provider is unlisted at present. I guess I should submit a patch or file a bug report with the provider details …

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Set the access point name, “Internet” for Vodacom:

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Set some options:

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If you choose to start the connection on the next screen, you will be connected:

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Another nice feature in 2007.0 is VPN support, and the ability to associate VPN connections to a network connection. So, if I had configured my OpenVPN connection first, I would have been offered to associate it to the 3G/HSDPA connection during setup, and bringing the 3G HSDPA connection up (via ifup or the Mandriva net_applet) would start the VPN connection too. Really convenient.