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Topic # 31747 29-Mar-2009 13:26
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Hi all,

I'm using a Windows mobile phone and have set up the device according to the instructions on this  page. GPRS appears to work fine; Pocket IE, Google Maps Mobile, and J2ME apps like Opera Mini and Fring work flawlessly. The only problem I'm having is with the FishText application. (FYI: FishText is a cheaper alternative for casual txters as it costs only 4.6c per 460 char txt) The app doesn't connect to the server (Gets stuck at "Please wait..."). Upon contacting support, they replied with:

"To connect to FishText from the mobile application, you need GPRS settings that provide full Internet access as the application does not connect over standard ports such as those used for mobile Internet browsing or sending email."

I don't understand what they mean by "full Internet access" as Opera Mini, for example, connects fine using both Socket and HTTP, also, ActiveSync (SSL), IMAP and other protocols work fine.

FishText insist that the problem is from my end (mobile or provider) since they are able to connect over GPRS just fine, and reiterate that full settings are needed from the operator. But vodafone NZ won't offer any support since my phone has been purchased overseas and it's not a listed model (i-mate PDAL).

Also, FishText wouldn't provide any details of their app ("I am afraid that I cannot give you any specific information about the ports and protocols used by the FishText mobile application.  ") so that I can figure out atleast where to start troubleshooting from.

So does anyone know a service command that can be txt'd to so that Vodafone can send me the GPRS settings for my phone? (Atleast, that's how I used to get my Vodafone net settings in other countries. All I had to do was send one txt for getting GPRS settings and the other for MMS settings, and the phone would save them and get configured automatically. This worked for all mobile platforms.)

vodafone.co.nz as usual is of little help. Clicking on this link and other related ones in the FAQ leads to a 404. :(

Would be very grateful if anyone having any experience with FishText or Vodafone GPRS could help me out here.

Regards,
Dex.

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  Reply # 203984 29-Mar-2009 14:20
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  Reply # 203991 29-Mar-2009 15:48
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Thanks a lot, the direct and opt APNs work perfectly!

Just for info sake though, is there such a service SMS for VFNZ upon sending which, the mobile receives GPRS/MMS settings?


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Yes - They have just moved it and I have not tried the new site.

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/configure-your-mobile

Thanks for the info with Fishtext, I could probably put that to some very good use! I had been looking for an international virtual SMS that runs upon a phone for some time. I send a lot of SMS messages internationally and the current rates are gouging me.

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