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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!


I have MA620 compatible ES620 IrDA adapter with Nokia 6610 GPRS enabled mobile phone. Here is a smal HOW-TO on connecting to internet with this setup.

1. Ensure that the following modules available and loaded.
a. uhci_hcd
b. ircomm-tty
c. pl2303
d. ma600-sir
e. irda
f. irtty-sir

3. make as script called with the following content:

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

modprobe uhci_hcd
modprobe pl2303
modprobe irda
echo 9600 > /proc/sys/net/irda/max_baud_rate
modprobe irtty-sir
modprobe ma600-sir
modprobe ircomm-tty
irattach /dev/usb/ttyUSB0 -d ma600 -s

exit 0

4. I tested it with my Nokia 6610. It works fine. irdadump confirmed it. The I dialed to internet through “wvdial” command using /dev/ircomm0 as modem device.

5. My service provider is Airtel, India. Here is settings for the same in my city Chennai, India.

Phone number to dial: *99***1#



(both username and password or blank or any junk)

Happy GPRS browsing!