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Can a US Robotics USB Softmodem be made to work on Linux?

I have a U.S. Robotics USR5639 USB modem. I am wondering how hard it
is to get it to work with Linux. Using Mint 18.1.

The modem does not show up at all in /dev when plugged in but here
is what 'lsusb' says:
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 047e:2892 Agere Systems, Inc. (Lucent) Systems Soft Modem

Is it practical to try to make this work or should I just get a 'real'