Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

23 posts

+1 received by user: 1

Topic # 59089 26-Mar-2010 11:34
Send private message

Hi there,

I recently changed from Vodafone prepay to Slingshot More Talk, the changeover occurred this morning and as far as voice and txt goes everything appears to be working fine.  

As per my previous topic I was very keen on maintaining fast data speeds after the changeover, however setting up the internet connection on my Nokia E52 hasn't proved straightforward.  I tried setting up an Internet access point as per the information on the Slingshot website:

Data bearer: Packet data
Access point name:
User name: none
Prompt password: no
Password: blank
Authentication: normal
IPv4, Automatic IP address and DNS, Proxy server none and port 0

When I try to connect using this access point, a dotted connection symbol appears (tries to connect) but blinks and then stops.

I then called the Slingshot helpdesk and they sent a txt message containing configuration settings, I installed these and it enabled a connection to the internet.  However, it connected in a different way (looked like GPRS instead of 3G) and it appeared to be slower.  I checked and it is using the following settings:

Packet data, APN:, proxy server port 8080 - otherwise as above.

I called the helpdesk again and said I would like to use the Internet access point (, no proxy) as per the information on the Slingshot website.  The chap I spoke with tried very hard but after a long time on the phone we couldn't make any headway, he could only suggest I use the WAP gateway.

Then he said that the Internet access point ( is not currently available and the only way I can access the internet is via the WAP gateway and proxy server.  He thinks that this is slower but he says I have no choice.  I asked specifically about differences between Slingshot and Vodafone mobile internet but he couldn't give me a conclusive answer.  The chap was very polite and did do his best but he just didn't have the answers.  In the end he logged a fault ticket and said I would get a call back within 24-48 hours.

After hearing that the APN is not available I'm concerned that I will have a poorer internet experience on Slingshot than Vodafone, however without knowing the technical differences between the different APNs etc I don't really know what to expect.  

If there is anyone who could confirm the situation with the APNs etc and offer advice on what settings to use to obtain the best connection it would be greatly appreciated.  

Create new topic
19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user

  Reply # 311588 26-Mar-2010 11:38
Send private message

Try again tomorrow packet data services should start working over night as a script runs to remove the MSISDN from DR early the next morning

DR=Live data charging for prepay


23 posts

+1 received by user: 1

  Reply # 311675 26-Mar-2010 16:16
Send private message

Thanks for your response John, I'll give it a try tomorrow and post the results.


23 posts

+1 received by user: 1

  Reply # 311814 27-Mar-2010 10:41
Send private message

I tried it out this morning and it appears to be behaving the same as yesterday.
Any further comments or suggestions would be appreciated. 

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21

Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18

Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30

Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54

New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12

D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01

Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26

OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28

Vocus Communications wins a place on the TaaS panel
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:16

SwipedOn raises $1 million capital
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:15

Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton
Posted 25-Jan-2018 13:51

Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted 24-Jan-2018 15:44

New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50

Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45

Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.