Rating: How obscure a bug is this?
Having wasted a great deal of time cursing because we couldn’t get a loan iPhone 4 to connect to the Internet via 3G, it seems a jolly good idea to share the quick fix solution with our readers. Basically, the error message you might receive is that the iPhone 4 tells you that it cannot connect to the Internet because you don’t have a mobile data subscription. In this case, an awfully nice Vodafone help centre engineer talked us through the necessary steps towards the cure in minutes and ended hours of frustration.
The brief answer is that the nuts and bolts settings which have been automatically fed into the iPhone are wrong. In short, you have the incorrect APN (Access Point Name) setting.
In this very specific case, the APN had been set to wap.vodafone.co.uk. Actually what it should have been was pp.vodafone.co.uk.
Make that tiny change; reboot the iPhone; and voila the iPhone connects to the Internet as intended.
How can you tell if you’ve got the same problem? Well, it seems the fault didn’t initially show up because data connexions had previously been made over Wi-Fi – so the lack of a working 3G connexion was masked.
It was particularly annoying because along the top line of the iPhone’s screen, it was not only showing a connexion to Vodafone UKbut also that it was a 3G connexion, too.
We can only speculate that the same thing might happen to you on a completely different network from Vodafone. What might have triggered it, you may well ask?
Well, we’d just updated the handset to iOS 4.3.2 (8H7). That might have caused the problem but we cannot say for sure.
Anyway, if you want to change the APN to the correct setting, you should be able to reach the correct menu by selecting … Settings: General: network: Mobile Data Network.
Once cured, you can download apps from the App Store over 3G and surf over 3G using the Safari browser.
We won’t say who’d loaned the iPhone given that it was blatantly and entirely not their fault.
But if you are on Vodafone – dialling 191 will get you to the right technician.