I recently bought a Huawei E176 from Germany (through eBay) because it has two interesting features that ordinary USB HSDPA modems don’t have:
- the support for an external clip antenna;
- a Micro SD Card slot.
It’s branded T-Mobile but it works with my operator and I suppose it works with yours as well. :)
It immediately worked with the graphical tool Ubuntu provides for wired/wireless/dialup networks: unfortunately, when I installed the driver shipped with it, it stopped working properly. Of course I was still able to talk with it using
pppd (the modem is reachable at
/dev/ttyUSB0) as I previously described.