The issue with these particular devices is that they respond to the system by default as a CD drive or USB hub so Ubuntu (with the stick in it’s native form) doesn’t see it as a modem device.
To turn off the function, and make the device a nice simple USB modem, you can do some jiggery pokery using â€˜usb_modeswitchâ€™ to switch off the autorun feature…
you can send the AT command â€œAT+ZCDRUN=8â€ to the modem.
I chose option two and used a windows machine with a terminal client, but for anyone wanting to avoid using windows, you can achieve the same result* using minicom (sudo apt-get install minicom)
*let me know if you choose to do this as itâ€™d be nice to include the command lines used for completeness of this guide.