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Connect TATA Docomo Internet in Ubuntu 9.04

It’s wonderful to see people browsing in their mobile phones at work places and while they travel. Many Telecom companies provide cheap GPRS / EDGE based internet connectivity which can also be connected to a computer. Here, I will explain how to connect TATA Docomo Internet service in your Ubuntu machine.

Step 1 : Connect your phone and create a new ‘Mobile Broadband’ connection from the appeared wizard. You can Select ‘Airtel’ in ‘Service Provider’ which we will change to suit Docomo Internet.

Step 2 :  Change the ‘Name’ in ‘Summary’ page to “Docomo Internet”

Step 3 : Go to System –> Preferences –> Network Connections, Under the “Mobile Broadband” tab, select “Docomo Internet” and click on “Edit”.

Step 4 : Change APN to ‘ TATA.DOCOMO.INTERNET ‘ without quotes. Also, Under “IPv4” tab, select “Method” as “Automatic (PPP) addresses only”. We will give Open DNS as DNS servers, ie, in the “DNS Servers” box, give ‘,’ wihout quotes.

Done! Now click on the antenna icon in system tray, select “Docomo Internet” from the list – You are connected! Best of Luck 🙂

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  1. April 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hi ettan,
    To say simply, “YOU ARE A WONDERFUL MAN”, thanks for your works, they are also wonderful!!!! 🙂

    • April 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you, Rinaldo. Keep in touch.

      PS: Please check the blog rolls, you will find many interesting articles 🙂

      • abdul
        March 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        hi i want to connect tata docomo internet 48 pack in ubunto throgh my nokia e51 via blue tooth..an you help me please?? thanks in advance

        • March 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

          Sure, Add a new bluetooth device from the bluetooth-applet in panel. At the end of wizard, click on second tick box, something like “* access internet..* and select Docomo after selecting the country as India. That’s it, click on the nm-applet and select ‘Tata Docomo Internet”, you will get connected 🙂

  2. Saurabh Sharma
    April 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks a lot for this. I have been looking for this.

    • April 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      You are welcome, thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. April 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Docomo settings will appear in next mobile-broadband-provider-info release – just wait a couple of weeks for Fedora 13 😉

    • April 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Wow!, eagerly waiting for Fedora 13 :). Thank you etta for the comment 🙂

  4. issudeen kaja
    May 20, 2010 at 7:50 am

    hey…how take docomo internet via bluetooth…in lap or desktop

    • May 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

      Please specify the Operating System.

  5. arun
    June 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Hi I just installed a tata wireline unlimited broadband connection and trying to get it work on ubuntu 9.04 would you be able to help

    • June 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      Sure, could you explain about the device type? How you connect it in other Operating Systems ?

  6. arun
    June 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    hi..i am able to connect to internet using my laptop (windows xp) just by pluggin in the lan cable…I am not sure if i answered you question “device type” is that what your looking for..

    • June 24, 2010 at 8:01 am

      Then it should work the same way in Ubuntu, right? I mean, Ubuntu will detect your device automatically when it’s plugged in and it would configure accordingly. You only have to change the DNS to OpenDNS, for better speed. Please tell me what happens if you connect it in Ubuntu.

  7. arun
    June 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Actually nothing happens….I tried using pppoeconf command in terminal and it tries looking for a connection and comes to a point stating No Connection detected…i am using ubuntu 9.04…do i need to conf some settings..

    • June 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      This is curious. Could you give some details about the modem ? Like the company name and model ?

  8. arun
    June 25, 2010 at 9:22 am

    hi..here u go…Company ECI Telecom B-Focus 342+ WTR

    • June 25, 2010 at 9:31 am

      See this: http://www.gotlandsenergi.se/pdf/ManualECI312.pdf , page number 9 and 10. Is the connection type configured inside the modem is PPPoE ?
      If not, this is just a suggestion and you should do it fully under your risk – Try changing it to PPPoE and do pppoeconf again. Since this issue is a curios one, could you drop a mail to any ilug (Indian Linux User Group) near to you? Or if you find any difficulty to find such a one, please let me know.

  9. arun
    June 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    hi sure thanks for your help..I will drop a mail to the user group

  10. francis
    September 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    hi ershad….i gave back my wll..now i am using tata docomo to connect to net..i have a doubt.u said like this:
    “Under “IPv4″ tab, select “Method” as “Automatic (PPP) addresses only”.”

    i did the other way round.i toom the other option.ie,”automatic ppp”
    i worked fine for me….so wats the diffrence between both???any speed difference????

    • September 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

      At present you are using the default DNS servers. The IPs that we give after selecting “Automatic (PPP) addresses only” are OpenDNS’s IPs, which is somewhat faster and has some other cool facilities.

  11. Sanjay modhawadiya
    November 11, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Thanks dear. I is reall helpfull. Again thanks. The person like u encourage use of ubantu because many people want to ure ubantu but lack of info, they avoid it.

    • November 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      You are right, more awareness programs must be conducted to promote Free and Open Source software. Thank you for the comment.

  12. Khushal Bhadra
    November 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Well Ershad I have installed a latest Ubuntu 10 and I have a Tata docomo GPRS enabled. My phone is Sony Erricson C510. Now the issue is that when I connect my phone Via USB nothing pops up like you mentioned “create a new ‘Mobile Broadband’”. In my phone I changes the network mode to use my phone as a modem. All it shows is the drives of my phone data card.

    Any solutions ou can give me?

    • November 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

      Yeah, let’s take the wizard manually and try –

      System –> Preferences –> Network Connections –> ‘Mobile Broadband’ –> ‘Add’

      In my phone I changed the network mode to use my phone as a modem. All it shows is the drives of my phone data card.

      This should not happen 😦 Please feel free to post here if the above step fails. Cheers.

  13. Keerthi teja
    November 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    ThanQ 🙂

  14. parmeshwar chavan
    December 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!help me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i have tata docomo card and nokia 5233 mobile having internet facility.
    i have fedora 12.
    i tried wtever u said above but alas !!!!!
    please tell me from starting that what should i do 4 that…..

    • December 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

      Please make sure your phone is in ‘PC Suite’ mode while connecting through USB. If wizard is not popping-up, take it from System –> Preferences –> Network Connections –> Mobile Broadband(Tab) –> Add(Button). It should work, All the best.

      PS: If not working, please post the output of ‘lsusb’ command in terminal here.

      • pooja saraff
        February 1, 2011 at 12:44 am

        Not working………..:(
        I am using Tata Docomo on Nokia 7230
        output of lsusb command in terminal
        BUS 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
        BUS 006 Device 002: ID 0421:0261 Nokia Mobile Phones
        BUS 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
        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 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
        BUS 001 Device 002: ID 05a9:2640 OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OV2640 Webcam
        BUS 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

        Thank you

        • February 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

          Sure that you have enabled ‘PC Suite’ mode in mobile before connecting?

          • pooja saraff
            February 2, 2011 at 1:44 am

            yes i did enable PC suite.
            In that antenna icon from where i am suppose to connect, it shows ‘Wireless Networks’ and below it ‘device not ready (firmware missing).
            I even installed b43fwcutter package, still not working……..
            Thanks for reply.

          • pooja saraff
            February 2, 2011 at 3:04 am

            Hey it started working.
            U had inserted the username and password while doing the settings. I just removed that, left it blank and its working…….
            Thanks alot for this highly useful details on this post……

            • February 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

              Welcome 🙂

              And thanks for sharing what you did to connect with 7230 🙂

  15. Flanzer
    February 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Hey ,

    this is just a small note of appreciation for this nice post. I tried it with my Fedora 13 release and it works like a charm.. thanks again.

  16. kirandeep97
    May 29, 2011 at 8:42 am


  17. Neeharika
    July 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    you are simply awesome ershad 🙂 ❤ thanks a lot for this post ..

  18. Abhishek Dixit
    July 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    There is no attena is System Tray icon, I am not able to find any Tata Docomo Internet there I had correctly followed your instructions upto adding DNS etc.But after that what to do that is not clear.Let me know I am using 10.04

    • July 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Try ‘nm-applet’ in terminal.

      • Abhishek Dixit
        July 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

        ummm no I tried using nm-applet in terminal but I got following nm-applet

        An instance of nm-applet is already running.

        ** (nm-applet:2839): WARNING **: constructor(): Couldn’t initialize the D-Bus manager.

        In your case I see that you have not installed usb-modeswitch and are still able to get it running.Where as that is not the case with me check out this post of mine

        • July 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

          hmm. Which is your modem hardware? Ubuntu 10.04 comes with pre-installed modules, right?

          • Abhishek Dixit
            July 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

            Well I have been able to resolve this problem now.I am posting all the details.It was a USB modem.USB modems are detected as USB storage devices.To avoid this problem there is some thing known as usb-modeswitch which is available from Lucid repositories.Then some one helped me in a post here
            don’t know why nm-applet failed but the default wvdial.conf file generated by wvdialconfig command was also not correct one and the modem was actually working at /dev/ttyUSB2.Some one helped me read his message


            • July 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm

              Ok, happy to hear that the problem is solved. Thank you for sharing the details 🙂

  19. AbdulMatin
    November 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    hey its not working for me, in Ubuntu 11.10 😦
    i followed all the procedure carefully, but its not working…..
    it just says: ‘Disconnected, you are now offline’
    wht i am doing wrong?
    plz help 🙂

    • November 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Please check the setting on your phone’s side too. I’ve tried Ubuntu 11.10 yet, will try soon and post here.

  1. July 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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