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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Activate Your Mobile Phone for Mobile Internet Browsing and MMS

Share An Internet-enabled mobile phone may come customized and locked to a GSM network. In such a case, the phone will have settings such as those of WAP or Internet related to the relevant network already pre-configured. All that you need to do is to insert the SIM card of the network and start using the WAP or Internet service right away without any additional settings or activation.

When a phone is locked to a network, it cannot be used on other networks until it is unlocked using the right software. However, most phones come open, that is, uncustomized and useable on all networks. Such phones do not have Internet or WAP settings pre-installed on them. Therefore, you must activate the service on them if you must use the service. Generally, there are two methods of activation, namely, automatic and manual. If the network is CDMA, you need not worry about activating your mobile phone for Internet access. This is because most or all CDMA networks usually carry exclusive mobile phones, which are often preloaded with Internet settings.

In this article, I will throw light on how to activate your mobile phone for Internet browsing on the major networks in Nigeria - MTN, Glo, Airtel, Etisalat, and so forth. Like earlier pointed out, there are two means by which a phone could be activated for Internet browsing – automatic and manual. Note that you can call 111, 121, 180 or 200, respectively to speak with an Airtel, Glo, MTN or Etisalat customer care representative.

The automatic method involves sending an SMS command to a network-specified number. When the network receives the request, it will process it and, if successful, will relay the Internet settings to your phone. You will be prompted to save and activate the settings. Some networks will require you to save the settings with a password, which is usually 0 or 0000.

Nevertheless, not all mobile phones can accept the settings over-the-air. In such a situation, you will have to load your Internet settings manually.

Here are GPRS/3G/3.5G Internet Settings for MTN, Glo, Etisalat, Airtel, and so forth:

MTN

Compose the word “Settings” (without the quotation marks) and text to 3888. Save the Internet settings when received. However, if your phone does not support over-the-air relaying of Internet settings, you will be informed via a text from the network to that effect. Therefore, you should resort to the manual means of Internet activation.

MTN Manual GPRS/3G/3.5G Settings for WAP/Mobile Internet
  • Account name: MTN WAP
  • IP Address/Proxy server address: 010.199.212.002
  • Port: 9201 or 8080
  • Access point name (APN): web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net  
  • Username: web 
  • Password: web
  • Homepage: http://wap.mtnonline.com or any site of your choice
MTN Manual 3G/3.5G/GPRS Settings for MMS
  • Account name: MTN MMS
  • IP Address/Proxy server address: 010.199.212.002
  • Port: 9201   
  • Access point name (APN): web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net   
  • Username: web   
  • Password: web   
  • Homepage: http://10.199.212.8/servlets/mms
Glo

To get Glo WAP settings, SMS your phone name and model to 927 in the following format: Activate WAP Phone Maker Phone Model. For example, to activate Nokia C6-00, compose “Activate WAP Nokia C6-00” (without the quotation marks) and send to 927. Save the 3G Internet settings in your mobile phone. You can also request Internet settings over-the-air on the web at this page. However, if your phone does not support over-the-air relaying of Internet settings, you will be informed via a text from the network to that effect. Therefore, you should resort to the manual means of Internet activation.

Glo Manual 3.5G/3G GPRS Settings for WAP
  • Service name: Glo WAP
  • IP/Proxy server address: 010.100.098.022
  • Port Number: 3130
  • Access point name (APN): glosecure
  • Username: gprs
  • Password: gprs
  • Homepage: http://wap.gloworld.com or any site of your choice
GLO Manual 3G/3.5G/GPRS Settings for MMS
  • Account name: Glo MMS
  • IP/Proxy server address: 010.100.082.004
  • Port: 9201
  • Access point name (APN): glomms
  • Username: mms
  • Password: mms
  • Homepage: http://mms.gloworld.com/mmsc
Airtel

Send an SMS with the word “Internet phone brand model” (without the quotation marks) to 232, for example, “Internet Nokia C6-00” to receive your settings, assuming your phone is Nokia C6-00. Accept, install or save the settings that will be sent to your phone by SMS. If asked for a PIN, please use '0' or '0000'. You can visit Airtel WAP push page and follow the instructions contained therein. However, if your phone does not support over-the-air relaying of Internet settings, you will be informed via a text from the network to that effect. Therefore, you should resort to the manual means of Internet activation.

Airtel Manual GPRS/3G/3.5G Settings for Mobile Internet
  • Account name: Airtel or Zain Internet
  • IP Address/Proxy Server Address: 172.018.254.005
  • Port: 8080
  • Access point name (APN): internet.ng.airtel.com or internet.ng.zain.com
  • Username: internet
  • Password: internet
  • Homepage: http://airtellive.com/ or any site of your choice
Airtel Manual GPRS/3G/3.5G Settings for MMS
  • Account name: Airtel MMS or Zain MMS
  • IP Address/Proxy Server Address: 172.018.254.005
  • Port: 9201
  • Access point name (APN): mms.ng.airtel.com or mms.ng.zain.com
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap
  • Homepage: http://172.23.1.12/mms/wapenc
Etisalat

Send Settings to 790 and you will received Internet settings over-the-air. If the procedure fails, consider the manual configurations.

Etisalat Manual GPRS/3G/3.5G Settings for WAP/Internet
  • Account name: Etisalat WAP
  • IP Address/Proxy Server Address: 010.071.170.005
  • Port: 8080
  • Access point name (APN): etisalat
  • Username: leave it blank
  • Password: leave it blank
  • Homepage: http://mobile.etisalat.com.ng or any site of your choice
Etisalat Manual GPRS/3G/3.5G Settings for MMS
  • Account name: Etisalat MMS
  • IP Address/Proxy Server Address: 010.071.170.005
  • Port: leave it blank
  • Access point name (APN): etisalat
  • Username: leave it blank
  • Password: leave it blank
  • Homapage: http://10.71.170.30:38090/was
Such CDMA networks as Starcomms, Zoom, MultiLinks, Visafone, and so forth carry specific phones preloaded with network settings like Internet settings. Hence, if you bought your CDMA phone with Internet capability from an authorised outlet of CDMA networks like Starcomms, Visafone, Reltel, Zoom Mobile, or Multi- Links it is likely to be preloaded with Internet settings. However, conducting an enquiry wouldn’t harm.

To browse on your phone, locate the Internet icon or other related icon or name. You can also download a third-party browser application such as Opera Mini, UC Web, etc. with your phone.

Visit Airtel, Glo, MTN and Etisalat websites for more information.
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