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How to connect your Palm to GPRS using a Bluetooth mobile
Posted on 5-Aug-2003 20:33 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Articles

This article shows how to configure the Palm OS to connect to GPRS using a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

In this article we used a Palm Tungsten T and a Nokia 3650 mobile phone connected to the Vodafone New Zealand GSM/GPRS network. We also assume you have already paired the Palm and your mobile. Do so before you continue following this guide!

Check out other Geekzone Bluetooth Guides for more step-by-step pages!

If you are using a Palm Tungsten T, download and install this update before proceeding.

A new Connection configuration is needed. From the Palm Launcher open the Prefs application, and switch to Connection.

You'll see a list of connections and will tap the New... button.

You can assign any meaningful name to this connection. Select the values as indicated in this image. Tap the device name to choose what mobile phone will be used for this connection. The Model can be Standard GSM. Make sure your mobile phone is in discoverable mode. If you tap the Details button you'll see the next screen.

This Init String may not be necessary, but it'll depend on your current network and mobile phone configuration. If you want or need to enter a different APN name to access the GPRS network, enter this string and replace "internet" for the APN name you need to use according to your provider. Tap OK until you're back in the Prefs application.

Now we'll create a new Network access configuration, using the connection created in the previous steps. Tap Network to go to the next screen.

Tap the New... button and enter a good name for your Network access configuration. If needed, enter a username and password. The phone number to dial is usually *99# (for the default GPRS configuration in your mobile) or *99***x#, where x will indicate a specific GPRS configuration in your mobile phone. Check with your operator what to use here if in doubt. Tap the Connect button and you should see your mobile connection initiating.

An advice: with some mobile phones the GPRS connection may not be correctly established if the GPRS is set to always on. If this is the case, turn the GPRS from "always on" to "when needed".

While the Palm connects you'll see the following screen:

To make sure the connection is fine, still in the Connect dialog, tap the menu Preferences and select Options. Choose View Log and the screen you see will show the negotiation between the Palm and the DHCP server on the network.

To check your DNS is working fine, scroll to the bottom of this log, and enter PING and a hostname. Use the Return stroke as an Enter and you'll see a result like this...

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