USB Modem not being recognised in OSX

Sorry if this is being posted in the wrong forum.
I have an oldish Usb modem (Intel(R) AnyPoint(R) DSL Modem 3240 http://www.intel.com/support/network/dslmodems/sb/CS-009978.htm) that I have been using for a while with my PC laptop.
I have recently updated to a MacBook and was expecting this modem to be fine since it has worked succesfully with a friends older iBook (he simply plugged in the usb cable and was able to connect to the internet once I gave him the Username/Password. No software installation was required) but on my MacBook the modem doesnt seem to be recognised.
I have followed the install instructions to the letter but when it comes to plugging in the usb modem nothing happens and no modem is found (the l.e.d on the front of the modem stays off)
If anyone has any suggestions that would be great. I only need access to broadband very occassionaly and would like to avoid having to buy a new modem. Thanks
MacBook   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  

Generally usb modems don't work or don't work well on Macs
IMO, that is a bit of a sweeping statement. Most people in the UK use a USB modem, not least because they were supplied free by your ISP.
Get a modem with ethernet
Better still get a router, which what many UK ISPs now provide free.

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