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Topic # 4484 25-Jul-2005 23:07
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Hi there, I'm trying to get GPRS working with my lifedrive over the vodafone NZ GPRS network using my motorola V550. Does anyone know where I can find the V550's init string? I've been searching everywhere. Google gives me nothing but French and 404s.

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Reply # 17057 25-Jul-2005 23:20
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You probably just need Z; for a reset and then the CGDCONT string for Vodafone NZ:

ATZ;+CGDCONT="1",,"www.vodafone.net.nz"

It seems that most Motorola phones these days require the reset when starting communications...




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  Reply # 17058 25-Jul-2005 23:42
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Thanks, that was pretty quick.

Ok, got the init string in place... still doesn't seem to want to connect. It seems to be initializing the phone but the phone isn't showing the GPRS icon. Do you happen to know what the baud rate should be set at? The guy from Palm reckoned it should be 57.600 but I'm not so sure. Also, what would vodafone require for a username and password, if at all?

Again, much appreciated.

 
 
 
 


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Reply # 17059 26-Jul-2005 00:01
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No need for username or password, and the speed can be 57.6k.

I recommend you check our Bluetooth Guides - there are some GPRS configuration for Palm there.

Also check with Vodafone and make sure your account can use GPRS.




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  Reply # 17066 26-Jul-2005 10:58
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I've been going over those. I'm wondering if my problem is that the GPRS is set to "always on". I've been going through the settings on the phone, can't figure out how to change it. I know my account can use GPRS, was using it on my laptop.

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Reply # 17067 26-Jul-2005 11:11
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Always-on will not influence on that, although it can cause problems where either the mobile locking up or not being able to connect. It only happens in some odd cases.

I haven't tried a Lifedrive myself, so I don't really know of any differences in configuration, but would imagine that either the Zire or the Clie guides we have should suffice.




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  Reply # 17098 26-Jul-2005 23:19
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I really appreciate the help. It still just does not want to work. It's communicating with the phone ok but just sits there on "connecting to VFNZ" (the service name I specified) I followed your guides for both the zire and the clie, it's still doing the same thing.
This is one last ditch effort to get it working.

The following is the manual connection method that Palm sent me. Would you be able to say if I followed these instructions to the letter that it should work?


Manual configuration method: Please use the following configuration method if your mobile phone driver, Mobile Network Operator details, or Phone Link application are not included/supported on your handheld.

1. Choose 'Prefs' from the Palm 'Home' screen.

2. Select 'Connection' from the 'Communication' section.

3. Tap 'New' on the lower part of the screen.

4. Enter a name such as, 'BT-GPRS' in the 'Name' field.

5. Tap the 'Connect to' pick list and select 'Modem'.

6. Tap the 'Via' pick list and choose 'Bluetooth'.

7. Tap the 'Device' pick list to locate your Bluetooth phone.

(Did all that, my phone is in the known devices section, already bonded from setting up the dialer and SMS)

8. The 'Discovery Results' will display the Bluetooth enabled devices, located within range of the Palm handheld. (Bluetooth range is approx. 10 metres)

9. Tap to highlight your device, then tap 'OK' to return to the 'Edit Connection screen.

10. Press the 'Details' button on the lower part of the screen.11. Select '57,600 bps' from the 'Speed' pick list.

12. Enter the initialisation string ('Init String') for the phone's internal modem as provided by the manufacturer, or Mobile Network Operator.

(Using that string you mentioned (ATZ;+CGDCONT="1",,"www.vodafone.net.nz"))

13. Press 'OK' twice to return to the 'Preferences' screen.14. Tap 'Network' on the 'Communication' section of the 'Preferences' panel.

15. Press the 'New' button on the lower part of the 'Network' screen.16. Enter the name of your Mobile Network Operator in the 'Service' field.

17. Enter the account 'User Name' and 'Password' in the fields provided. Note: Usually this has no impact on the connection.

(I left both blank)

18. Tap the 'Connection' pick list and choose the connection created in steps '4' to '10' above.

19. Tap the 'Phone' field and enter the phone number provided by the Mobile Network Operator.

(Using *99#, also tried *99***1#, checked on the phone, the first entry is VFNZ Gateway which seems to have the appropriate IP numbers in it)

20. Press the 'Details' button.21. Set the 'Connection type' to 'PPP'.

22. Use the 'Idle timeout' pick list to choose 'Never'.

23. If the Mobile Network Operator has provided DNS parameters, untick 'Query DNS' and enter the DNS address(es).

24. Leave 'IP Address' ticked as 'Automatic' unless told otherwise and tap 'OK', then 'OK' once again to return to the 'Network' preferences screen. Connect to the InternetActivate Bluetooth on your mobile phone. (Consult mobile phone manual) Press 'Connect' on the 'Network' panel.

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Reply # 17099 26-Jul-2005 23:37
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It looks good, except that in step 5 I use Connect to Phone instead of Connect to Modem.

Just noticed something strange on that string I gave you before. Try it without " " around the 1, as ATZ;+CGDCONT=1,,"www.vodafone.net.nz"

If it doesn't work you can then try manually sending the AT commands to the phone through a script. On step 21 tap [Script] and enter the following:

Send: atz
Send CR:
Send: at+cgdcont=1,"IP","www.vodafone.net.nz"
Send CR:
Send: atd*99#
Send CR:
End:

See if this helps...





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  Reply # 17113 27-Jul-2005 12:42
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The init string didn't unfortunately, although this is peculiar... For some reason it's not letting me enter any information into the script, I pick send, the line appears with the cursor but it won't accept any input. I wonder if there's a bug in the software that's causing problems...

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  Reply # 17152 28-Jul-2005 00:28
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With the username and password for Vodafone - while yes its true it doesn't need one, sometimes having a username and password makes a difference - i usually just use voda & voda. Otherwise both the Bluetooth Guide and the instructions palm sent you look right.

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Reply # 17426 2-Aug-2005 15:11
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Hi,

Might not be much consolation but after much frustration I used the instructions you recieved from Palm (having received same from Palm Support) and it worked for me:

Details:
- I am using a LifeDrive teamed with Sony-Ericsson Z600
- I set the connection speed at 115k
- I removed the login script by making the first statement an "end"
- I used voda/voda as the username/password to login but I believe this is irrelevent
- I used the connection string +CGDCONT="1",,"www.vodafone.net.nz"

Now I am truly mobile.



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  Reply # 17512 3-Aug-2005 20:03
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I might try borrowing someone's phone and seeing it I can get it working. Then I'll be able to isolate the problem.

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  Reply # 17539 4-Aug-2005 14:33
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are you sure that GPRS in enabled on the vodafone account ?(vodafone used to randomly disable this on my account from time to time),..
does the wap browser in the phone successfuly connect and receive data?



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  Reply # 17546 4-Aug-2005 21:24
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Yes, and yes.

I tried some other handsets, I couldn't get it to work on a Sharp GX15, although the connection process did go further, it actually came back with a phone number error. I did however have success getting it to connect using a Sony Ericsson K700i. After watching a successful connection attempt I'm now fairly sure that the problem lies with the init string. I've tried some alternate strings I've found through searching google but to no avail.

(What does the &f&d2&c1 do?)

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  Reply # 17562 5-Aug-2005 13:55
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Bring it with you to the last supper and someone will solve it i'm sure.



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  Reply # 17577 5-Aug-2005 22:26
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The what now?

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