All right!! I read a lot of posts etc. which wanted me to use wvdial and the rest. Fedora didn't need it. Plug in, network manager pops up saying "active"? Activate and get to work!! AWESOME!!
So you don't go banging your head around the next time you try to use a static variable in a class in C++ : http://weblogs.asp.net/whaggard/archive/2004/11/05/252685.aspx
Worth having a look at http://fedora.theglaserfamily.org/ircstats/fedora-weekly.html