In this article we show how to configure and use your i-mate Smartphone2 as a GPRS modem for your iPAQ Pocket PC over Bluetooth. The Windows Mobile Smartphone based i-mate Smartphone2 is also known as XPhone or SPV E200 in other markets.
To make this guide we used a HP iPAQ h4150 (Windows Mobile 2003) as the client. This procedure should work with any other Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC, providing that basic service discovery is available from the Bluetooth stack.
To start, on your Pocket PC tap the Bluetooth icon in the bottom of your Today screen, and select Bluetooth Manager. You should see a dialog similar to this:
Tap Settings to move to this dialog, and select Connect to Internet via phone:
On this dialog select Unknown:
The next dialog is just some instructions, telling you to make your phone Discoverable. We'll stop for now with your Pocket PC:
On your i-mate Smartphone2 press the Start soft key and find the Settings:
Move down to Bluetooth and select it:
Let's change the phone to discoverable:
Back on your Pocket PC, tap the Next button. After a few seconds, the next dialog will show all discoverable Bluetooth devices around you. Tap the one corresponding to your Windows Mobile Smartphone.
To continue from this point we have to create a pairing between these devices. You'll enter a four digits PIN of your choice, but only numbers.
The Pocket PC will try to authenticate this with your Smartphone.
An alert will show on your Smartphone. Accept it by pressing the Yes soft key.
Enter the same PIN on your phone now, and press the Done soft key:
After bonding, confirm the Pocket PC name on your i-mate Smartphone2, and press the Done soft key:
You'll see a confirmation dialog like this:
Now your Pocket PC is waiting with a dialog to select a connection. You can create a new one or use an existing one. In this case we'll create a new GPRS connection by select New Connection
The standard dial-up configuration dialog will show up on your Pocket PC. Here you'll have to enter the configuration supplied by your mobile operator. The number *99# indicates that we want to dial the default CID configured in the phone. This number may vary depending on your operator.
The next dialog confirms that a new shortcut was created for this connection:
To connect we double-tap the new icon added to the Bluetooth Manager:
If we have more than one connection defined on this Pocket PC we'll see a selection dialog. Otherwise it'll connect straight away. If we have to select a connection, choose the new one:
If this is the first time using it, a dialog will ask for user name and password. Use the information provided by your mobile operator. In this case we'll use a dummy username and password, since Vodafone New Zealand does not require anything here:
After a few seconds you'll be connected to GPRS over Bluetooth and can use your Pocket PC to browse web sites, collect e-mail, etc:
To connect again later, simply double-tap the icon when needed.