Sunday, July 25, 2010

Setting up (Vodafone) HTC Magic on Telecom XT

Google fodder: I have a Telecom XT SIM chip and setting the HTC Magic up to use the Telecom XT network for phone and Internet isn't hard if you know what the settings need to be.

Anyone using an HTC Magic sourced from Vodafone should be aware that this phone supports these frequencies: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and WCDMA/UMTS 900 and 2100MHz.

Telecom XT does not do GSM at all. They have only WDCMA/UMTS 850MHz and 2100MHz. So the *only* frequency Vodafone NZ and Telecom XT have in common is WCDMA/UMTS 2100. Keep this in mind.

The only places this phone will work with Telecom XT are places where they provide coverage using WCDMA/UMTS 2100. Yes, Telecom XT do 2100 in many parts of the big cities, but (so I'm told) for the rest of the country they mainly use WCDMA/UMTS 850MHz. This phone can't do that flavour (WCDMA) of 850MHz at all. So coverage will be poor and this phone would not be a good choice for use with Telecom XT. This point can be confusing as Vodafone do use 850MHz to provide GSM coverage. But GSM isn't WCDMA/UMTS and Vodafone do not do WCDMA/UMTS on 850MHz. They are very different standards.  

Having said that, I'm on the North Shore in the Auckland region and have have had no trouble getting on the XT network anywhere that I live, work or play, but then I have been fairly Auckland-centric for the past several months. I have little doubt that were I to head out of the city I would soon find my HTC Magic would not work as it can't see the UMTS 850MHz. I keep repeating that as it can't be debated or argued about. That's just how it is.

Provided that is clear enough, onward...

Obviously, you need to turn your phone off, swap the SIMs and then power on. Once powered up, make sure the Wi-Fi is disabled as this appears to hinder the phone making a network connection to the telco. It will do it with Wi-Fi on, but you might have to try a few times. With WiFi off, it works first time, every time.

To turn Wi-Fi off:

  1. Go to the Home screen, then press the MENU button
  2. Touch the SETTINGS option on the on-screen menu, then...
  3. Touch "Wireless Controls", then...
  4. Touch "WiFi" to remove the green tick mark and turn Wi-Fi off.
  5. Press the HOME button to return to the HOME screen.
To choose a network:
  1. While on the HOME screen, press the MENU button, then tough the SETTINGS option on the on-screen menu.
  2. Touch "Wireless Controls", then...
  3. Touch "Mobile Networks", then...
  4. Touch "Network Operators", then...
  5. Touch "Telecom NZ" in the list. You should then see "Registered on the network" appear.
  6. Press the HOME button to return to home.
You can now make and receive phone calls, but you still need to set up the data side of things. The "APNs". The gateways you need to talk to do data.

Setting up the APNs:
  1. While on the HOME screen, press the MENU button, then tough the SETTINGS option on the on-screen menu.
  2. Touch "Wireless Controls", then...
  3. Touch "Mobile Networks", then...
  4. Touch "Access Point Names"
  5. You'll likely see a blank, black screen. Press the MENU button and and touch "New APN".

The list of APNs is on Geekzone here.

You can add each one. I did, but I set "Telecom Default" as the default.

You don't change most of the items in the basic template list, but you do set the descriptive name and the APN at the very least for the default.

Some translation is required. Where the Geekzone list says "Homepage", put the value into "Server" on your phone. Where it says "Proxy", put the IP address - if any. Where it says "Port", put the port number - usually "80". I did not specify a secure port or use the 8080 port value. The phone doesn't appear to have a field for it.

I'm not sure which of the other values work, but I was able to do internet data and that was all I really wanted to do.

I did try to send a PXT to my Vodafone number, but it didn't go, so I obviously don't have that part set up properly yet. I emailed it instead. No problem. But more fiddling around appears to be required to get MMS going.

[UPDATE: The MMS/PXT message did arrive after all, so that is working too. For that APN (Telecom MMS) I set the MMS proxy and port instead of the other proxy and port.]