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GPRS and MMS Settings for Android phones

 

If this seems like a lot of text, don't worry! Find the bit that relates to your phone and don't worry about the rest!

MMS settings for your Android phone.

  1. Go to Menu, Settings, Wireless & networks, Mobile networks.
  2. Look for Access Point Names and go to Menu button, New APN, Name and enter mms.virgin in the Name field, press OK.
  3. Look for APN and enter vmms and press OK.
  4. Next go to MMSC, enter http://mms.virginmobile.co.za and press OK.
  5. Go to MMS proxy, enter 196.031.116.242 and press OK.
  6. Go to MMS port, enter 8080 and press OK.
  7. Look for APN type, enter mms and press OK.

Your MMS Profile will now be configured.

Change or update your Message Centre Number for your Samsung phone

  1. Go to Menu. Highlight the Messages icon and press the Select button.
  2. Scroll down to Settings.
  3. Highlight Text messages/settings.
  4. Scroll down to Centre address & enter the Message Centre Number +27741000050 and Save.

Your Message Centre Number is configured.

Manual Internet set up for your HTC Android phone

  1. Go to Menu, Settings, Wireless & networks & select Mobile networks.
  2. Go to Access Point Names.
  3. Select Menu, New APN, Name and enter Virgin Internet. Press OK.
  4. Go to APN and enter vdata. Press OK.
  5. Go to Proxy and enter 196.031.116.241. Press OK.
  6. Go to Port enter in 8080 and tap on OK.
  7. Go to Server and enter http://www.virginmobile.co.za. Press OK.
  8. Scroll down to APN type. Enter in default. Press OK.
  9. Go to Menu and Save.
  10. Go to Virgin Internet to select it.

The Internet  has now been manually configured.

Internet settings for your Nokia N8 phone

  1. Go to Menu, Settings, Connectivity.
  2. Look for Settings, Destinations, Internet, Options, New access point & select YES.
  3. Go to Packet data and select the blank Packet data access point name text box.
  4. Enter a name for the access point. Press OK.
  5. Select the access point that you've just created.
  6. Select Access Point Name, and enter vdata as the access point name. Press OK.
  7. Go to Authentication and change status to Normal.
  8. Go to Homepage and enter http://www.google.co.za
  9. Select Options, Advanced settings, Proxy server address, enter 196.031.116.241. Press OK.
  10. Go to Proxy port number in Text field and enter 8080. Press OK.
  11. Go Back until you reach the access point screen. Tap and hold on the access point that u have created.

Option 1: Manual Internet Configuration

  1. Go to Settings icon, General, Network, Cellular Data Network, Cellular Data, APN and enter vdata.
  2. Under MMS, go to APN and enter vmms.
  3. Go to MMSC and enter https://mms.virginmobile.co.za
  4. Go to MMS Proxy and enter 196.031.116.242:8080
  5. Go to Network located on the top left hand side of the screen.

Your Manual internet will now be configured.

Option 2: Manual Internet Configuration

  1. Go to Menu, Settings, Wireless & Networks, Mobile networks and Access Point Names.
  2. Look for Menu, New APN, Name and enter Virgin Internet . Press OK.
  3. Go to APN and enter vdata. Press OK.
  4. Go to Proxy, enter 196.31.116.241. Press OK.
  5. Go to Port and enter 8080. Press OK.
  6. Go to Server and enter http://www.virginmobile.co.za. Press OK.
  7. Press the Menu and SAVE.
  8. Go to Virgin Internet.

Your Internet profile will now be configured.

Option 3: Manual Internet Configuration on Touch Screen

  1. Go to Settings Wireless & networks, Mobile networks, Access Point Names, Menu, New APN
  2. Select Name: Virgin WAP GPRS.
  3. APN: vdata.
  4. Proxy: 196.31.116.241
  5. Port: 8080
  6. MMSC : http://mms.virginmobile.co.za
  7. MMS proxy : 196.31.116.242
  8. MMS port: 8080.
  9. MCC: 655 MNC: 07.
  10. Authentication type: PAP
  11. APN type: internet + mms

Your Internet  profile will now be configured.

iPhone Settings

Manual Internet Configuration settings:

  1. Go to Settings icon, General, Network, Cellular Data Network
  2. Under Cellular Data tap on APN
  3. In the text field enter vdata

Your Manual Internet configuration settings will now be completed.

MMS settings

  1. Go to Settings icon, tap on General, Network, Cellular Data Network
  2. Under MMS, look for APN.
  3. In the text field enter vmms
  4. In the text MMSC field enter http://mms.virginmobile.co.za Tap on MMS Proxy.
  5. In the text field MMS Proxy enter 196.31.116.242:8080

Your Manual MMS configuration will now be configured.

GPRS and MMS Settings for iPhone

 

Got an iPhone? Good for you! Check out your settings here.

Manual Internet Configuration settings:

  1. Go to Settings icon, General, Network, Cellular Data Network
  2. Under Cellular Data tap on APN
  3. In the text field enter vdata

Your Manual Internet configuration settings will now be completed.

MMS

  1. Go to Settings icon, tap on General, Network, Cellular Data Network
  2. Under MMS, look for APN.
  3. In the text field enter vmms
  4. In the text MMSC field enter http://mms.virginmobile.co.za Tap on MMS Proxy.
  5. In the text field MMS Proxy enter 196.31.116.242:8080 

Your Manual MMS configuration will now be configured.

How do I make sure I access the faster 3G network and not the GPRS?

 

There is nothing worse than slow, syrupy Internet . Try the following:

  • Check your phone is 3G compatible by going to www.gsmarena.com
  • Search for your phone and select make and model
  • Check that under General it says your phone has 2G and 3G network access
  • If your phone only has 2G access you will only be able to access the GPRS and EDGE network - sorry!
  • If your phone has 3G access, you're good to go!
How do I use 3G and GPRS ?
 
With a 3G or GPRS compatible phone, you can connect to the Internet  with just one click and browse Internet  sites adapted for mobile phone technology or WAP. 
For complete access to the Internet  via 3G or GPRS you will need:
 
A compatible device:
  • A notebook, PC, 3G or GPRS compatible phone, modem, router or MiFi device
  • The phone and PC may be connected by a cable, infrared port or Bluetooth
  • There are also external 3G and GPRS modems, routers or MiFi devices which can be connected to your computer via USB ports 
 
A Virgin Mobile SIM card with the following criteria:
  • An active SIM card (You will know this because a chargeable phone call has been made)
  • A positive airtime balance (Money in the bank)
  • No barring (RICA or otherwise)
How is 3G or GPRS charged?

 

GPRS is charged based on the amount of data transferred. We charge at 60c a meg - a bargain in GPRS circles!

What does 'charging per data transferred' mean?

 

It's a fancy way of saying that you can stay connected to WAP for an unlimited amount of time and will only be charged for the amount of data transferred, not the time spent browsing. We think that's only fair.

And just in case you were wondering about megagigakilobites - take a look at the following table:

  • 1024 bytes = 1 kilobyte
  • 1024 kilobytes = 1 megabyte
  • 1024 megabytes = 1 gigabyte
What will happen if you wish to answer the call received during your data transfer via an infrared connection?
 
  • The network provides voice preference over data therefore the internet connection will be suspended 
  • As soon as the voice call disconnects, the 3G or GPRS session continues 
Do I have to use a laptop to benefit from 3G or GPRS?

 

Not at all!

  • You can use 3G and GPRS through your phone to browse WAP pages
  • You can connect your PC to the Internet through a 3G or GPRS enabled phone
  • 3G or GPRS can also be used for synchronising bases, checking bank accounts, emails etc.
What makes internet access via a 3G or GPRS better than access via a fixed network?

 

There are a number of reasons why 3G is awesome:

  • Being able to move anywhere and still get an Internet signal is the main advantage of GPRS
  • You can get a GPRS signal throughout the whole territory covered by the WCDMA/GSM network
  • You can access the Internet  anywhere you can get a Cell C Network signal
  • 3G is limited to most major metropolis areas in South Africa like Jo’burg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth. If you are out of 3G range, you will automatically access the GPRS/EDGE network
What influences the quality of this service?

 

There are a number of reasons why your service may be faster or slower than others':

  • The speed of data transfer is governed by your phone's specs.
  • Our network allows a transfer speed of 53.6 kbit for GPRS.
  • Our 3G speed is not yet confirmed but be aware not all phones can handle the fastest speeds.
  • Speed can also be influenced by your location in relation to the base station. If you're in an area with bad signal quality, this can affect your Internet speeds.
Which cellphone models are 3G or GPRS(2G)-compatible?

 

The good news is that all the latest generation phones are 3G/GPRS compatible. If you’re still rolling with a cellphone the size of a brick, we would strongly suggest you upgrade.

For a full list of compatible phones, visit www.gsmarena.com but quite honestly there’s nothing to worry about.

Is it possible to use GPRS while I'm roaming?

 

Most definitely! Just remember to check with our Customer Care Centre before you leave, as licences differ for voice, SMS and data.

Please note that 3G is dependent on the country you are visiting as not all networks allow for 3G roaming.

Can I receive incoming calls while I'm surfing the web?

 

Oh yes you can! The great thing about 3G and GPRS is that your communication channels are always free - the only way you can miss a call while on the Internet is if you really don't want to talk to whoever's phoning you.

You can easily switch from talking to 3G or GPRS and vice versa.