Connecting Apple Laptop to T-Mobile Internet

So I called T-Mobile (UK) to get a data “bundle” added for one month to my phone. £12.50, rather expensive but still mighty useful.

Prior to leaving I had a little go at getting it running. I found some documentation on-line after clicking various things and getting no-where. It turns out the Apple mobile phone drivers don’t support my Sony Ericsson; in fact I don’t think they support any Sony Ericssoon, certainly not as a data connection device.

They (my Macbook Pro and my D750) could talk via Bluetooth, but no modem for other data connection. I found this though – a set of downloadable drivers. Just drop them into the directory specified and they are available in the modem set-up screen when you check “show all drivers”.

To be honest, it’s pretty easy. Set up a new Bluetooth device on the laptop, pair with your mobile handset, select GPRS or other high-speed data connection, and ensure the “Telephone Number” in the main dialog is “*99#” while in the Internet Connections applicatons the “Telephone Number” is set to “general.t-mobile.uk” (works as .co.uk too apparently), user is just “user”, password should be “pass”.

After entering all this and selecting Sony Ericsson GPRS CID1 under “Bluetooth Modem” it just worked.

Apple: Please make the bloody “Telephone Number” entry boxes simpler to use. Talk about confusing. One is a telephone number code *99# while the other is a gateway url. The T-Mobile woman on the support desk said my phone was not supported on Apple platforms but with the above drivers it definitely works, albeit over GPRS it is hideously slow compared to ADSL.

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