One of the things I wanted to do during my vacation here was to enable internet on my iPhone. I got a lot of conflicting information about this, and that delayed the process, but otherwise, it was a pretty simple thing to get done.
Before I describe how I did it, let me state that I do not know if this is the best or cheapest way of doing it, but it is just something that has worked for me.
Here is what I did:
1. Get an Airtel prepaid connection. This was the first thing of course. I got a prepaid connection. I didn’t ask about any data plan or anything else; just got a simple connection and activated it.
2. Activate GPRS: After getting the connection I activated GPRS by dialling this number: *567*2# — and following the instructions. The instructions were mainly about which plan you want to chose etc. The whole process takes about 5 minutes for you to go through, and I think Airtel activated GPRS in about an hour or so.
3. Reset Network Settings: After activating GPRS, — I waited a night before doing anything else. I was told by someone who used the service earlier – that Airtel sends you setting details – that are needed before you can go online. While this might be true a few years earlier or perhaps on some other phone models, — this is not necessary on the iPhone 3G.
But, you do have to reset your network settings on the iPhone before it can access the internet, and I got that tip from the comments on this post.
Here is how to do that:
- Go to Settings Ã General Ã Reset Ã Reset Network Settings
The system will prompt you with an ugly red button which says â€œReset Network Settingsâ€, and on top it says â€œThis will delete all network settings, returning them to factory defaultsâ€
This concerned me a little bit because frankly I do not know what this actually does. All I know is that I hit the button and the iPhone restarted.
When it loaded up the next time, a little â€œEâ€ appeared next to â€œAirtelâ€ on the top left on the screen, and internet started working for me!
I have used it for about a day and so far everything looks fine. At the end of it all, the process was fairly simple and straightforward, and the speed is quite decent too. The apps work fine, and I had to just turn on â€œLocation Servicesâ€ in SettingsÂ General Ã Location Services to work with the maps app. Everything else worked on its own, and I hope it works for you too!