mobile connection through Smart 3G

8 09 2008

After much research on forums, I decided to use Smart’s 3G service to connect to the internet. Aside from the cheap connection fee, most people said that Smart’s 3G is almost always reliable. Besides, I have never been able to get a Globe 3G signal here at home. Smart, on the contrary, has a very good signal in our area. With that being said, Smart seems the best option to choose. I haven’t considered PLDT, though. Well, I have thought about subscribing to their P999.00 bundle, but I figured that it’s not really going to be worth it since #1, I rarely have the need to go online at home, and #2, I’m already neck-deep with bills. Hahahaha!

Anyways, for those of you who have had some trouble connecting to the 3G service from Smart, here’s a step-by-step guide that might help.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  1. 3G-enabled phone (I’m using a Sony Ericsson K770i)
  2. Smart post- or prepaid SIM card
  3. Laptop or desktop ^_^ (I’m guessing that the OS should be irrelevent, but just so you know what worked for me, I have Windows XP installed)
  4. Your phone’s PC Suite installed
  5. A decent 3G signal — the stronger the signal, the more stable the connection

PRE-CONNECTION PROCEDURE:

  1. Make sure that the MMS and GPRS settings have been successfully installed on your phone. To do this:
    • Type in MMS ON and send to 3401.
    • Type in SET GPRS <phone model> and send to 211 (in my case, SET GPRS SEK770I). Should you be asked for a PIN, just type in 1234.
      Note: If you get a reply saying that your phone is not on Smart’s list of valid phones, you would need to call *888 (or 8881111 via landline) and have a CSR send you the settings.
  2. Restart your phone in order to make sure that the settings have taken effect. After it has restarted, try connecting to Smart’s WAP site (wap.smart.com.ph). If during connection you receive an error message on your phone that it is unable to connect to the site, something went wrong and chances are, you wouldn’t be able to use your phone as a modem. Don’t give up though. Just delete all previously installed settings and start over.
  3. Next, make sure that your phone is able to shift from 3G to GSM and vise versa, i.e. in dual mode. To do this, go to Menu > Settings > Connectivity > Mobile Networks > GSM/3G Networks and make sure that the radio button for GSM and 3G is selected. The navigation path may vary depending on the phone model, and I’m sure you will be able to find it. ^_^
  4. You should then install your mobile phone PC suite. This should also install all needed files and drivers that will enable your phone to work as a modem. Restart your laptop/desktop to make sure that the changes take effect.

With these procedures done, you may start with the connection process already. It should be relatively easy and hassle-free, assuming that Smart’s network isn’t acting up and you have managed to follow the instructions above correctly hehe..

CONNECTION PROCEDURE:

  1. Connect your phone to your computer via data cable or bluetooth, whichever you choose to use. As for me, I use data cable. Once the phone is recognized by PC suite, click on Mobile Networking Wizard.
  2. Click on New Connection on the new window that appears. Navigate through the wizard and select/click on the following: Packet-switched data > Next > [select if connecting via data cable or via bluetooth] > Next > [select connection/device name — for data cable users, note that if there are two or more entries of the device on the list, select the one that says “Data Modem”] > Next > Manually configure your internet connection > Next > for APN, type in internet > Next > just leave the Username and Password fields blank > Next > Finish.
  3. After creating the new connection, you are now ready to test if you have successfully set up the Smart 3G internet connection. ^_^ To do this, just click on the Connect button.

The connection process above is really quite easy to follow and straightforward. Hopefully, you will be able to get it to work on your first try. If not, just try and try again. =P

Well, good luck! Hope I was able to be of some help to you guys.

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