I tried a live CD of Ubuntu 9.10 downloaded last week, so I suspect with kernel updates since the release in Oct 09
1) if you want to watch the action, load a terminal and type lsusb modem will have vendor ID of 2000
2) as with Mandriva 2010, icon on desktop for ZTE: right-click and select "eject"
3) wait and after 15secs? type lsusb in terminal again
4) vendor ID should now be 0031
5) with ethernet cable plugged in, type in terminal sudo apt-get install wvdial and approve the requests; when finished ..
6) terminal: sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf
7) paste in the following and replace what ubuntu offers as default into wvdial.conf
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB2
Modem Type = Analog Modem
ISDN = 0
Baud = 460800
Dial Attempts = 1
Username = user
Password = pass
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = AT&F &D2 &C1
Init3 = ATS7=60 S30=0 S0=0
Init4 = AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","wap.telecom.co.nz"
Phone = *99#
Stupid Mode = 1
8) save and exit
9) sudo wvdial
10) you should be on line in 1-2 secs
11) load firefox or whatever
12) turn off connection with control-c
for future uses:
1) insert modem and right-click and select "eject"
2) open terminal and select sudo wvdial as it should be there already
and you should be on line in future
doubtless linux experts could suggest further ways to automate the two-step process detailed above
the speed of access and download speed seems very good in suburban AKL with this