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How to use your Nokia 3G phone with your Mac on the M1 network

February 12th, 2007 · 8 Comments

Nokia and Mac

For those of you Singapore M1 users who want to use your Nokia 3G phone, like the N73 or N93, as a bluetooth modem with your Mac laptop, here are the settings. I use my Macbook (OS 10.4.8) with a Nokia N93. I noticed that it was next to impossible to find Mac settings in one place online, so I decided to write this for you WTF! Show fans.

I know you can sign up for one of M1’s broadband plans and use their USB modem option, but I use 3G on my Nokia too, so no point signing up for two plans. The only downside to using your phone as a bluetooth 3G modem is the drain on the phone’s battery.

Note: I assume you already have the Nokia set up for data and you have a data plan (I recommend the unlimited plan at $68 a month if you plan to use your laptop wirelessly a lot, or else you will really rack up a huge bill). On the Mac’s end, you need to do the following:

1. Download the scripts from Ross Barkman’s page. You want the ones called “Scripts for Nokia 3G (EDGE/UMTS) phones (17kB): Nokia 3G Scripts”.

Drop the two scripts “Nokia 3G CID1″ and “Nokia 3G CID2″ into the Modem Scripts folder inside your Library folder.

2. Pair your 3G Nokia phone with your Mac laptop. To do this, go to System Preferences -> Bluetooth -> Choose Set up New Device. The Mac will give you a passkey to pair the phone.

Make sure you select “Access the Internet with your phone’s data connection” and the high speed option (see screenshot below).

Pair Phone

3. Leave Username and GPRS CID String blank. Password put “user123″ (without the quotes).

Bluetooth setup

4. After the Bluetooth set-up is done, go to System Preferences -> Network.

Create a new Location, I call it “Mobile”. And configure Bluetooth. Under Service Provider, call it M1. Password should be there already, if not, type “user123″. For Telephone Number, use “sunsurf”. Yes, it is not a number you are dialing on your mobile, it is the APN, or Access Point Name. And the APN for M1 is sunsurf.

2 Modem Settings

5. Under PPP Options, turn OFF “Use TCP Compression”.

3 Modem Settings

6. Under Bluetooth Modem, make sure one of the two 3G scripts are selected (I use “Nokia 3G CID1″ without any problems). And turn OFF “Enable error correction and compression in modem”. I also check the “Show Bluetooth status in menu bar” and “Show modem status in menu bar” so that I can connect easily.

4 Modem Settings

7. You are now ready to connect. Select Connect from the modem menu bar pulldown and if you like, “Open Internet Connect”. The screenshot below shows a successful connection.

5 Internet Connect

Hope this helps you M1 users connect to the 3G network with your Nokia 3G phone and your Macbook or Macbook Pro.

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