Got this Cricket 3G Wireless a600 usb modem working with wvdial, thanks to many people
who posted their efforts across many forums, and to the authors of usb_modeswitch,
and to those who include it in popular repositories!
(see the next post for kppp details)
This is my /etc/wvdial.conf
Modem = /dev/ttyACM0
Baud = 460800
Stupid Mode = 1
Auto DNS = 1
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
ISDN = 0
Modem Type = USB Modem
Phone = #777
FlowControl = Hardware (CRTSCTS)
Dial Command = ATDT
Username = your Cricket phone number goes here
Password = Cricket
The username entry is your Cricket phone number, the same one you must give
when you pay your monthly bill. Those who use Cricket only as an ISP still
get a number, its on the signup documents.
Their ISP service costs me $43 a month, with a slowdown on modem speeds
after 5 gig-per-month is exceeded, but no extra charges. Not for internet gamers, or movie download
fans, but fine for users with basic linux needs.
As for speed, I downloaded an iso last night in the wee hours, 70 k per second,
today, in broad daylight, using synaptic and apt-get, speeds average about 35 k per second.
These speeds are both consistant with typical results found in Cricket google searches, and a bit faster
than the same device on XP Home SP2, and Vista Home Premium.
I have a dual-boot with xp, which initializes the a600 modem, when I reboot into Minime,
the modem is ready, no need to run usb_modeswitch.
(edit: my other post for a working /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf
which initializes the modem without involving anything from microsoft.)
Hope this info helps someone, and Minime is fantastic, what a great way to have your own custom OS!!!
I posted this at My PCLinux forum too, hope this is OK