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HOW TO: Setting Up a GPRS Connection for Pocket PC 2002 Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 17.01.03 - 19:01:00 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 22065x
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Connecting the Pocket PC 2002 to GPRS is pretty easy if you know how to do it. This is a general step-by-step which works for all Pocket PC 2002 devices, GPRS enabled GSM phones, connection types between the Mobile Phone and Pocket PC 2002 and for all GSM/GPRS carriers world wide.

Configuring the Connection between the Pocket PC 2002 and Cell Phone
If you want to use an infrared based IrDA connection between your Pocket PC and mobile phone, you don't need to configure anything before you setup the connection. Same if you will use a dedicated cable between your Pocket PC and GSM terminal. However, if you want to use a Bluetooth connection, please make sure that your devices are bonded/paired. This might be different from Bluetooth CF card/Pocket PC to mobile phone. Please check first the manual of your device/card.

However, if you have bonded/paired both devices, it should looks similar to this example below:

Creating a new GPRS connection 
Before you can dial into the GPRS network of your cellular operator, you have to setup the Pocket PC 2002 to dial the proper connection.

  • Tap [Start] -> [Settings].
  • Tap the [Connections] tab to open the connection settings.
  • Tap the [Connections] icon.
  • Tap on the first [Modify] button below [Internet Settings].
  • Now you get an empty list of all your Dial Up Networking connections.
    Tap [New...] to create a new connection.
  • Give your connection a name and select the modem you want to use:
    • Select [Hayes Compatible on COM1:] if you will use a cable connection between your Pocket PC 2002 and your mobile phone.
    • Select [Generic IrDA modem] if you want to connect both devices through infrared.
    • Select a kind of Bluetooth Modem (or Bluetooth card name) if you want to use Bluetooth.
  • Select 57600 as [Baud rate]. This works best as I've figured out in the past.
    You don't need to use [Advanced...] settings in most cases, so give it a try first without adding any DNS servers etc. and tap [Next]
  • Leave [Country code:] and [Area code:] blank, you don't need it, even if you want to use GPRS in National or International Roaming.
    Enter *99# as [Phone number:]. This "phone number" signalize the mobile phone as well as the GPRS network, that this call isn't a regular CSD (Circuit Switched Data) call but a GPRS connection and confirm with [Next].
  • Now you need to enter the most important part. It's telling the handset which APN (Access Point Node) should be used. The APN is pretty similar to a Proxy Server and operators might use more than one/different for different services. Typically an operator has up to three APN within the network: one for Internet, one for WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) and maybe one for MMS [Mobile Multimedia Messaging System).
    Depending on which service you want to create a connection for, you have to use the appropriate APN name. Your operator or its web site can give you the APN names.
    This APN have to be entered into the [Extra dial-string] field like:

    +CGDCONT=1,"IP","APN_NAME_HERE"

    You need to add the first part as described above and might change the APN name only.
    Also make sure to disable [Wait for dial tone before dialing].
    Tap [Finish] to close the setup screen.

  • Your new connection is added and stored.
    Close the screen by rapping [ok]
  • From the Connections Settings you need to tap the [Dialing Locations] now.
  • Create a [New...] dialing location and give it a meaningful name like Mobile, GSM or GPRS.
    Leave the Local Settings like [Area code:] and [Country code:] blank again and tap [Dialing Patterns...].
  • Here you should enter into every fiend a G which means that the Pocket PC will dial the number (*99#) only and accept the changes with [ok].
  • Now you are ready to go to dial your first GPRS connection.

Dialing a GPRS Connection
If you have everything configures, make sure that your devices are connected (if you use a cable) and ready to go (align the infrared port of your Pocket PC 2002 to the infrared port of your cell phone or make sure that Bluetooth is switched on on both devices).

A connection can be dialed in different ways and the Connection Manager will try to take care. E.g. if you open a URL from your Pocket Internet Explorer which requires a connection, the GPRS connection should be dialed automatically; same if you synchronize your POP3/IMAP4 E-Mail account or if you login to MSN Messenger.
However, you can also force the Connection Manager to dial manually by tapping [Connect]:

If your connection was successful you a notification bubble will appear.

To disconnect simply open the notification bubble again by tapping the two arrows on the Task Bar and tap End.

That's it, you are ready to enjoy the true wireless Internet through GPRS now - wherever you are and wherever you go!

Cheers ~ Arne