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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 20861x
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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


 

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Comments
Posted by Tim Hempleman on 18.01.03 - 00:00:00

APN ? I connect to AT&T GPRS w/o this setting. Should I bother further investigation?

Posted by Morris Bannerman on 18.01.03 - 00:00:00

I have GPRS set up and it was working fine. Now I cannot connect to my work e-mail account using GPRS. I can if i use the ATT dialer. I can connect to my private e-mail using both. It appears to be a DNS problem.
Any advice?

Posted by Arne Hess on 18.01.03 - 00:00:00

@Tim Hempleman: Yes you should since you can not connect to GPRS without an APN. Sure that you don't dialin through CSD? Which dialin number do you use?

Posted by Arne Hess on 18.01.03 - 00:00:00

@Morris Bannerman: Puh... That's a good question why your work mail doesn't work, I have no clue... :-(

Posted by Glenn Burgess on 20.01.03 - 00:00:00

I'm getting the ol' "there is no answer" error message. The phone's a Sharp GX-10, and the PDA is a HP Jornada 568. I've checked and re-checked that I've done everything right.

Posted by Arne Hess on 20.01.03 - 00:00:00

Glenn Burgess wrote:

Im getting the ol "there is no answer" error message. The phones a Sharp GX-10, and the PDA is a HP Jornada 568. Ive checked and re-checked that Ive done everything right.

Wow, that's bad as I don't have any experiences with the Sharp. How do you try to connect both?

Posted by dnacpil on 21.01.03 - 00:00:00

Siemens S55 instruction says I need to add extra strings in
the Dial-up connection but PPC2K2 does not support more
than 40 characters and the string is
AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","internet2.voicestream.com".  More than
40 Characters.  Do you know how to get around this?

Siemens USA is not willing to help me coz this phone is
not available in the US. As matter of fact they don't
even want to talk to me (poor customer service).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Posted by Glenn Burgess on 21.01.03 - 00:00:00

@Arne Hess: Using IrDA. I'm getting increasingly annoyed with the Sharp, not too sure why I bought it. I do wonder if this is a problem with the Sharp.

Posted by Nick van den Broek on 21.01.03 - 00:00:00

dnacpil wrote:

Siemens S55 instruction says I need to add extra strings in the Dial-up connection but PPC2K2 does not support more than 40 characters and the string is AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","internet2.voicestream.com".  More than 40 Characters.  Do you know how to get around this? Siemens USA is not willing to help me coz this phone is not available in the US. As matter of fact they dont even want to talk to me (poor customer service). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,


I also have a Siemens S55 and I have an iPaq 3630. But I can't make any connection to the internet.
My Irda is OK. I followed the staps. But if I call *99# with my PPC then I get amessage that he can't find my an ISP en that i have to check the number?

Help me

Posted by Nick van den Broek on 21.01.03 - 00:00:00

I find a tool

connect2internet 1.4

this seems to solve all our problems, does anyone has this software.

Posted by Robin Allen on 22.01.03 - 00:00:00

I am trying to connect using a iPAQ 3975 and a Ericsson T68.  I have followed the instructions using  +CGDCONT=1,"IP","ISP.CINGULAR".  The bluetooth symbol on the phone indicates there were two connection attempts and after that the iPAQ screen has message "There is no answer at the number dialed.  etc".  Can you help please.

Posted by Bob Diamond on 24.01.03 - 00:00:00

I'm having a similar problem Robin Allen.  I'm trying to connect from an iPAQ 3970 to a Nokia 6310i using +CGDCONT=1,"IP","wap.voicestream.com".  The iPAQ shows dialing *99# and the phone shows Connection with IPAQ but almost immediately the phone shows"Disconnecting from IPAQ" and the IPAQ shows: Trouble Connecting.  There is no answer at the number dialed....

Any suggestions.

Posted by W Chai on 26.01.03 - 00:00:00

I've had success using a slight variation to the given setup on T-Mobile. First the equipment: Sony Ericsson T68i & HP H5455, settings given below will be specific to these peices. Also this is the only way that I know for setting things up and more than likely not optimized.

The first step is to ensure your GPRS account is setup on the phone. To setup the GPRS account you will need to go

MENU->CONNECT->DATA COMM and add a GPRS account if one isn't setup already.

My settings were:

Account type=GPRS
APN=wap.voicestream.com

Everything else left blank. Once the account is setup higlight the account and press 'YES' this wil take you to a screen that shows the CID # take note of this, you will need it for the PPC setup.

Follow the instructions above up to entering a phone #, here is where it deviates.

For phone enter *99***#
Leave the extra string blank, do not check wait for dial tone, complete the setup. This should be it. Again this worked in my situation, hopefully some if not all of this will be helpful.

P.S. Wasn't sure if I was connecting via GPRS, but was confirmed with a globe icon on the T68i just above the bluetooth icon.

Posted by W Chai on 26.01.03 - 00:00:00

Took a re-read of my message and for some reason part of the text did not print as I expected.

NOTE: For the phone number, in my case, you will need to enter

*99***?#

Where ? = CID # obtained fron phone settings e.g. *99***1#

Sorry about that.

Posted by Manny A on 06.02.03 - 00:00:00

@Arne Hess: Do you know the APN for AT&T?

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