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HOW TO: Connect a GSM Mobile Phone via Infrared for using GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 19.10.01 - 20:13:00 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 18924x
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Your GPRS mobile phone have an IrDA compliant infrared port and your Pocket PC have it as well. Why not connecting both to surf the Web or WAP or to stay in touch via E-Mail. Connecting both devices is more easy than you can imagine. With GPRS you can connect your Pocket PC with speed up to around 30.0 KBit/s but you will not billed by online time but on transferred volume (depends on the GPRS network operator. Please ask your operator about the costs!) That's the best way today to connect the Internet wireless with a GSM mobile phone.

Note: You don't need the Windows CE driver provided on CD-ROMs by some mobile phone manufactures. This is only required if you us a Windows CE 2.x device. However, Pocket PC's use the Windows CE 3.0 Operating System and doesn't require this patch anymore! Do not install this drivers on Pocket PC's


On the Start menu tap Settings
Within Settings menu tap Connections and Modem
Tap on New Connection
Setup a new Location: by tapping New... button
Enter the location name e.g. GPRS Connection
Enter the Dialing Patterns as explained above, tap OK
Back to Modem Connections
tap New Connection...
Enter a Connection name and select Generic IrDA modem. This is the infrared port of your Pocket PC
As Baud Rate: select 57600 or 11520 and tap Advanced button
Setup the Port Settings as above
Setup TCP/IP as above if you don't have to use defined IP settings
Enter the required DNS server into the Name Servers field and tap OK
Tap Next
As Phone number enter the GPRS access code, this is as min *99# or *99***1# depending on your GPRS phone and tap Next button again
Disable Cancel call... and Wait for dial tone and tap Finish button
Insert into the Extra dial-string modem commands: the GPRS APN settings, which might looks as:
  • +cgdcont=1,"IP","INTERNET",""

  • +cgdcont=1,"IP","wap.domain.tld",""

Pocket PCs supports Extra dial-strings with a length up to 40 characters only. If you have a long APN like "" you might have to cut off the last


In general it works without the last IP configurations as well as you predefined it before within the IP mask.

That's it, now you can connect your Pocket PC to the Internet via your mobile phone

Final Conclusion

Connecting a Pocket PC to a mobile phone is even easier than doing the same with a Windows CE 2.x based H/PC or P/PC before. Today's Windows CE 3.0 dialup networking is mapped to the infrared port. That means you don't have to install any additional software or adding Registry keys.

These GPRS settings could difference from the GPRS network operator you use. It could be necessary to enter any "Port Settings", "TCP/IP settings" or "Name servers". Please ask your network operator for details.

These settings are for General Packet Radio System calls within GSM networks only.

Cheers ~ Arne

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