Macintosh: How to Connect to the Internet Using a GPRS Mobile Telephone

This document explains how to connect to the Internet using a GPRS mobile telephone as a wireless modem.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.

You can connect your Macintosh to the Internet using a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) mobile telephone as a modem. To do so, you should first make sure that you can:

  • Connect to the Internet over GPRS using the WAP browser in your telephone
  • Connect your Macintosh to your mobile phone over IrDA or Bluetooth.

Once you can do these two things, you can set up your computer to use the telephone as a wireless modem to connect to the Internet.

Important: GPRS data services and Internet access are typically optional offerings. Ask your mobile phone operator about GPRS availability in your area, and what the subscription fees and service charges are.

Connecting to the Internet over GPRS using the WAP browser in your telephone

Most recent mobile phones allow wireless Internet access right on the phone. This service uses the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and a "microbrowser" in the telephone to allow you to browse the Internet. Before you try to connect your Mac to the Internet using your telephone as a wireless modem, you should first make sure that you can connect to the Internet using the WAP microbrowser over GPRS. Not all telephones that use WAP have a GPRS data feature, and not all mobile telephone operators offer a GPRS service--even if your telephone is capable of using it.

    1. Make sure your mobile phone is capable of using your operator's GPRS data service. Some phones may only be able to use WAP over circuit-switched data (CSD) connections. In this case you won't be able to use your phone as a wireless modem.
    2. Subscribe to the GPRS data service.
    3. Configure your telephone with the necessary network settings to use your operator's GPRS data service. The GPRS settings used by your mobile phone operator may already be saved on the phone's SIM card. If this is the case, you need only select this setting or profile. If not, your operator should have given you these settings, and explained how to enter them into your telephone. Typically, these settings include:
    • GPRS dial-up number
    • APN (Access Point Name)
    • User ID
    • Password
    • IP Address
    • DNS Address
    • other advanced settings such as authentication, data compression, header compression, and quality of service

See the related documents for further instructions.

Related documents

25419: "Macintosh: How to Connect Your Mac to Your Mobile Phone"
25420: "Macintosh: How to Use Your Mobile Phone as a Wireless Modem"

Last Modified: Feb 20, 2012

Additional Product Support Information