How to access internet in PC using GPRS enabled mobile phones
  (With Nokia models using data cables)


Recently I happened to go through some forums and found queries related to how to access internet facility in PCs using mobile phones (GPRS). I have been  successfully using GPRS service of AIRTEL (Bharti Cellular Ltd., Mumbai, India) to connect PC to internet via my mobile phone (Nokia 6610i). That is how I decided to create this  website to help those wanting to use mobile phone as modem to connect to internet. This site describes about how to access GPRS using Nokia models that use data cables for PC to mobile connectivity and using Windows98/NT/XP operating systems. If you have any queries you are always welcome to contact me.

1. activating internet connection in Mobile phone

The first step is to activate internet connection in your cell phone. The procedure varies with the mobile operators. The current procedure for Airtel and Vodafone (previously Hutch) are as follows.

Airtel*: For prepaid connection, send  'GPRSACT' as SMS to 511 (For Maharashtra region). After getting confirmation, SMS 'MO' to 501. Airtel will send the GPRS settings for your cellular phone. After saving the settings, restart the phone and open services/wap/web/internet menu from where you can access internet using the mobile phone. The cost is near about 12 Indian Rupees (US$ 0.3) per day. Call 121 for information on how to activate the service in your region.

Vodafone*: For prepaid connection, send SMS 'ACT VL' to 144. For postpaid send SMS 'ACT VL' to 111. Call customer care at 111 for more information. Website: http://www.vodafone.in

BSNL: Visit http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/ for the detailed procedure for BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.)

* The procedure adopted by mobile phone operators is different in different locations. Also it is different for prepaid and postpaid connections.

2. Connecting Mobile phone to PC/Laptop

In order to connect mobile phone to PC or laptop, you need to buy a data cable that suits your phone. You will get an installation CD along with the datacable.

3. Next step is connecting PC to internet.

To see how to connect using Samsung models refer http://support.t-mobile.com/knowbase/root/public/tm21053.htm

Following is the procedure for Nokia models.

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  1. The first thing to do is installing the Connectivity Cable driver. Installation of cable driver will initiate automatically on inserting the CD. Continue with the installation procedure.

  2. After installing the cable driver, right click and open the contents of the data cable installation CD. Double click and run the file 'PC Suite'. Or

          Download PC Suite

  1. After installing PC Suite, run 'PC Suite' from the start menu or desktop icon.

  2. Select 'manage connections'

  3. Select 'Serial cable'

  4. Click 'configure'.

  5. Select 'Prolific USB to Serial Bridge'

  6. Remember the number of this port, say com3(this will be required for installing modem)

  7. Go to control panel and open 'Phone and Modem options'

  8. Select the tab, modems.

  9. Click on add.

  10. Select the check box 'don't detect my modem, I will select from a list' and click next.

  11. In the window that opens select 'Nokia'

  12. In the menu on the right side select the model of your phone.

  13. Click next.

  14. In the next window it will ask 'In which port do you want to install the modem?'

  15. Select the same communication port that you specified for 'serial cable',  say com 3.

  16. A warning message will appear asking if you want to proceed.

  17. Select 'continue anyway'.

  18. Now you have completed installation of drivers for GPRS.

  19. You can make a new dial up connection (discussed below) and start connecting to internet.

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Note: In some computers you can start surfing the net immediately after setting up a connection and clicking on the dial button. But in some other cases computer needs to be restarted before being able to browse internet. Make sure to remove the data cable from the system while restarting if this is the case. The data cable should be connected to the system only after loading of all the items in the 'notification tray' is complete (not only for the first time after installation, this need to be followed always. The cable should not be connected while booting the system. Otherwise you will get this error message. Error 633: The modem (or another connecting device) is already in use or is not configured properly.)

Other error messages

  1. 'Subscribe to GPRS first': When you try to access GPRS while your account is still not activated.

  2. 'Check homepage address': When you have not activated the settings for your phone.

  3. 'GPRS not available': You may get this error message when you are out of coverage area. Some times this message may appear even if there is coverage, but due to poor quality of input data (you could be inside the coverage area, but still be not able to access GPRS). This problem will arise also when you recharge your prepaid mobile phone after the expiry of the validity period. In this case you have to remove and reinsert the SIM to access GPRS.

Data Cables for Nokia Models

Various models of connectivity cables and their supported phone models are given below. You have to identify which of these connectivity cables support your phone model. Before buying also check if your computer has a USB port. If your computer don't have a USB port, then you can opt for serial cable. Both USB as well as serial versions are available for these models.

DKU-2

Supported models for DKU-2: Nokia E60, Nokia E61, Nokia E70, Nokia N70, Nokia  N71, Nokia  N72, Nokia  N73, Nokia  N80, Nokia  N90, Nokia N91, Nokia N92, Nokia N93, Nokia 3155i,  Nokia 3230, Nokia 3250, Nokia 3300, Nokia 6111, Nokia 6125, Nokia 6126, Nokia 6131, Nokia 6136, Nokia 6155, Nokia 6155i, Nokia 6170, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6233, Nokia 6235, Nokia 6235i , Nokia 6236, Nokia 6236i, Nokia 6255, Nokia 6255i, Nokia 6256, Nokia 6256i, Nokia 6260, Nokia 6265i , Nokia 6270, Nokia 6280, Nokia 6282, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6650, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6682, Nokia 7270, Nokia 7370, Nokia 7600, Nokia 7610, Nokia 7710, Nokia 9300, Nokia 9300i, Nokia 9500

DKU-5

Supported models for DKU-5

Nokia 2112, Nokia 2270, Nokia 2272, Nokia 2280, Nokia 2285(CDMA), Nokia 3100, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3125, Nokia 3200, Nokia 3205, Nokia 3220, Nokia 3585(CDMA), Nokia 3585i, Nokia 3586, Nokia 3586i, Nokia 3587, Nokia 3587i, Nokia 3588, Nokia 3588i, Nokia 3589i, Nokia 5100, Nokia 5140, Nokia 6011i, Nokia 6012, Nokia 6015, Nokia 6015i, Nokia 6016i, Nokia 6019i, Nokia 6100, Nokia 6200, Nokia 6220, Nokia 6225, Nokia 6560, Nokia 6585, Nokia 6585i, Nokia 6610, Nokia 6610i, Nokia 6800, Nokia 6820, Nokia 7200, Nokia 7210, Nokia 7250, Nokia 7250i, Nokia 7260

CA-42

Supported models for Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-42

Nokia 7360, Nokia 7260, Nokia 7250i, Nokia 7250, Nokia 7210, Nokia 7200, Nokia 6822, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6800, Nokia 6610i, Nokia 6610, Nokia 6585, Nokia 6225, Nokia 6220, Nokia 6200, Nokia 6103, Nokia 6102i, Nokia 6102, 6101, Nokia 6100, Nokia 6070, Nokia 6080, Nokia 6021, Nokia 6020, Nokia 6019i, Nokia 6016i, Nokia 6015i, Nokia 6015, Nokia 6012, Nokia 5140i, Nokia 5140, Nokia 5100, Nokia 3589i, Nokia 3588i, Nokia 3587i, Nokia 3586i, Nokia 3586, Nokia 3585i, Nokia 3585, Nokia 3570, Nokia 3220, Nokia 3205, Nokia 3200, Nokia 3125, Nokia 3120, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3100, Nokia 2285, Nokia 2270, Nokia 2128i, Nokia 2126i, Nokia 2125i, Nokia 2125, Nokia 2118, Nokia 2116i, Nokia 2116, Nokia 2115i, Nokia 2112

CA-70

Supported models for Nokia Charging Connectivity Cable CA-70

Nokia N90, Nokia N93, Nokia N80, Nokia N73, Nokia N72, Nokia N71, Nokia N70, Nokia E70, Nokia E61, Nokia E60, Nokia E50, Nokia 9500, Nokia 9300i, Nokia 9300, Nokia 7710, Nokia 7270, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6280, Nokia 6270, Nokia 6260, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6170, Nokia 6131, Nokia 6111, Nokia 5500 sport, Nokia 3300, Nokia 3250, Nokia 3230

How to make a new dial up connection

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  • Open control panel and run 'new connection wizard'

  • Click next

  • Select connect to the internet

  • Select set up my connection manually

  • Connect using dial up modem

  • Select the model of your phone

  • Type any name

  • Enter the phone number as *99#

  • Don't provide any user name and password

  • Click next

Some Useful Links

  1. Nokia.com: Nokia page on how to connect phone and PC

  2. Airtel.in : Airtel India

  3. http://wap.oa.yahoo.com/raw?dp=mail : Yahoomail for use in mobile phones

  4. http://mobile.msn.com/hm/folder.aspx : Mobile friendly version of hotmail

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