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I want to share my experience of connecting Mobile with Linux system. The very purpose of this is to take backup of mobile address book. I have tried gnocky (with back end as gnokii) many times without any success. Recently I searched synaptic with Nokia keyword and found that there is a tool called Wammu which works with most of the Nokia models. It works for me too like a charm. gammu is the backend of this tool.

My model is Nokia 6610 with MA620 USB Infrared dongle. This model of mobile communicates with Linux through Infrared dongle. Dongle is detected as /dev/ttyUSB0. Here is a script which maps my mobile at /dev/ircomm0.


#Minimal stuff required to get the MA620 USB IrDA dongle #recognised by the kernel. Version 1 — works with unpatched kernel, #but only at 9600bps.

/sbin/modprobe uhci_hcd

/sbin/modprobe pl2303

/sbin/modprobe irda

/bin/echo 9600 > /proc/sys/net/irda/max_baud_rate

/sbin/modprobe irtty-sir

/sbin/modprobe ma600-sir

/sbin/modprobe ircomm-tty

/usr/sbin/irattach /dev/ttyUSB0 -d ma600 -s

exit 0

Wammu was able to detect my Mobile proerly. Here is my configuration screen.


I was able to backup my address book. Sending SMS from Wammu application was also successful. Here is my screenshot of Wammu which says more about the features.


Thanks to gammu and Wammu teams!



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  2. Got same Nokia model, but using /dev/ttyS0, works fine with wammu, but hhat about downloading images and sounds from the phone?

  3. Getting mms:
    gammu –getallmms -save
    also nice support for downloading files and stuff but do you know any GUI for filesystem operations like uploading, dowloading etc? found snofs but ubuntu kernel is compiled w/o coda filesystem so it won’t work, and I don’t want to recompile it. Any ideas?

  4. You can use gMobileMedia for filesystem manipulations.

  5. swamytk, You tried 6610 phone with gammu, whereas i’ve nokia 6600 and nokia 3310 which i want to use with gammu to make it my home SMS gateway. Actually I’d prefer 3310 because i can dedicate that old phone for that job but problem is that is not working now properly, whereas it was just working fine for two months, I followed the following guide

    Now from last few days my PC do not recognize my phone even i changed cable but same happend. Can you help me what can be done here?

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