> Jesus christ, this man is a real hacker
That was the result of traipsing around African mobile network shops,
trying to get any technical details out of them as to what their offering
actually was and how it worked. (Websites are mostly useless, salesmen
either knew nothing or made it up as they went along, and there was little
product on display). And what they might feel like charging for it.
Including such tricks as writing down the IMEI on the back of a box in a
shop and looking it up to try to guess the real model number of the router.
So once I actully bought one I dissected it :-)
> Having to do all this to change the APN is totally mad.
Yes, though you have to remember these boxes are intended for deployment by
networks. So in theory all this stuff should be preconfigured, and the end
user shouldn't need to worry about it.
If I google 'three e585 apn' there are various guides to change APN... do
those not work, or does the automatic APN guessing override them?
> Which locally purchased SIM cards, apart from the Voda which I know
> works, and T-M which I know doesn't, are common around Europe (incl.
> Croatia) for *cheap* 3G?
Difficult to say, as it's country-specific and changes from month to month.
The forum on http://www.prepaidgsm.net/
is the place I'd go to look.
(the static country pages are a little out of date)