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How to configure your H3970 to connect to GPRS using a Bluetooth mobile
Posted on 5-May-2003 18:21 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Articles

This is another article is our Bluetooth Guides. Here we'll show you how to configure your Pocket PC to access a GPRS network using a Bluetooth mobile phone.or laptop to synchronise your Bluetooth enable mobile phone and your Outlook contacts over Bluetooth.

In this article I've used an Ericsson T39m and a iPAQ H3970. It's not much different for other Bluetooth enabled Pocket PCs, but we'll publish other models over time. The GPRS network is provided by Vodafone New Zealand.

We also assume you have already paired the phone and your Pocket PC. Do so before you continue following this guide!

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

From your today screen, tap the Bluetooth icon in the status bar. The next screen should look like this. Devices you have already paired will show up. Tap the icon corresponding to your mobile, to open its properties...
After a brief communication you'll see a screen with this message: Services retrieved are in the Actions menu.
Tap the Actions menu and select Set as Bluetooth Dialup Modem.
And now you'll see the following message: Set as Bluetooth Dialup Modem OK
Open the Start menu and select Settings.
Next select the Connections tab.
Make sure your connections are all set to Work.
In this case I already have a valid connection, but lets add another one by tapping New.
You want a meaningful name for this connection. Then select Bluetooth Dialup Modem. Don't worry about the Advanced tab. Just tap Next when finished.
Here you'll enter the GPRS access number. This is probably the tricky part in this configuration. You have to be sure that:

  • your account has data services enabled
  • your mobile has a GPRS connection configured with correct settings, including APN, username and DNS numbers.

    Some networks will configure the mobiles to have the default setting with all the information you need. To start try using the number *99#. If you want to use a specific profile, use the syntax *99***X#, where X corresponds to the profile number. In this example I'm using the profile number 1. Tap Next when finished here.
  • No changes in this screen, just tap Finish.
    Now we will configure the dialing patterns, and we start by entering the correct Country code and Area code we're calling from. Remember this is the mobile phone's area code. New Zealand is 64, Vodafone New Zealand is 21.
    You have to be sure that this matches your network configuration and does not conflict with any dialing programs you have in our Pocket PC. If you don't use it to dial the mobile, just change accordingly. GSM networks accept numbers in the following format : +C A N where C is country code, A is area code and N is the number itself. Even for local calls you can dial the full +C A N number. And it's a good idea to store the numbers in this format. However, for this specific connection we don't want the full number! We want only the *99# sequence and not +C A *99#! That's why my local call is only the number, not the whole thing. Tap OK when finished.
    Back in the Connections dialog, we can tap Connect Check the bubble notification that the Pocket PC is indeed dialing the *99# number.
    The next bubble notification will tell you when the connection is completed..
    Here I'm showing the excellent program Spb GPRS Monitor with information about my current connection The speed is an average, so you'll have to use a little to have it shown correctly.

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