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    Enable Edge and 3G on iPhone 3G with iOS 4.0

    Posted In Apple, Tools, Tutorials - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 With 31 Comments

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    There seem to be some problem with iOS 4.0, which is restricting service providers to automatically update GPRS settings after the SIM card is inserted. It definitely worked with the previous versions of iPhone operating systems.

    After successfully jail breaking and unlocking my iPhone 3G with iOS 4.0 using the direct links to all required applications, I stuck up on having my GPRS not working. I am using Airtel SIM card (India).

    The settings were automatically updated when I was on iOS 3.1.2 but with iOS 4.0 there seem to be some problem.

    Anyways, I am not here to discuss problems in OS 4.0 rather solutions or temporary work around.

    I looked into my iPhone completely but I could not find the “Cellular Data Network” setting under “Settings > General > Network  >” so could not manually update the GPRS or APN settings.

    I started Googling and found out a link using which I could make the “Cellular Data Network” visible. But none of them worked for me. I did not have GPRS working so I could not download Cydia application and/or go to the unlockit.co.nz link. I also tried using Cyder 2 to install the APN Editing application but in vain. Nothing seemed to work for me. Modifying the plist file also seemed quite a work. (Reference Link)

    Somebody told me to insert Reliance GSM SIM card once and it will make the setting visible (seem to be some flaw in the Reliance GSM card) but I did not have that so another nonviable option for me.

    I continued Googling and found out another link using which I could modify the APN settings without having to have it visible. That’s by using iPhone Configuration Utility 2.2 (Reference Link)

    I immediately downloaded the utility and installed it on my laptop and modified the APN settings and installed the configuration profile on my iPhone and GPRS started working on my iPhone. (You may need to restart your iPhone)

    Happiest man on the earth once again.

    Make note of following things:

    • Ensure to mention both Name and Identifier under General section as both are mandatory fields.
    • For Airtel India only airtelgprs.com is required in the Access Point Name (APN) field.
    • For troubleshooting just look into Devices/<phone>/Console for error messages.

    Hope it helps.

    Quick Reference

    And from here you can directly download all required files/applications to jailbreak and unlock iPhone 3G.

    NitiN Kumar Jain

    Nitin works in an IT MNC professionally but blogs and owns NKJ Live. He is also the co-owner of a professional start-up ARGHAM BYTES

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    • Spikes

      Hey pal. Thanks for the share. I have done whatever you said using the utility. Now I am just wondering how to install it on the phone.

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Connect your iphone, should pop up in Configuration Utility as in iTunes, go to “configuration profiles tab”, chose install, a notification should appear on your phone, choose “install”. After install it should work directly.

    • Aman Chhabra

      It works like a charm buddy… amazing thanks a ton.

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      My pleasure …. happy 2 help

    • Aman Chhabra

      im running an iphone website too. check it out… http://www.theiexperts.com.. wanna do something together. drop me an email at aman.chhabra@gmail.com

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      sure …

    • Aman Chhabra

      whats your email id.

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Sent u an email …

    • paulius

      Wow! Am I a happy man to have solved this! Thanks a lot.
      About the installation: I had to restart my iPhone 3G untill i got a notification to install configuration profile. After that, it got installed, and i was up and running.


    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      @Paulius – Good to know that … enjoy your iPhone now 🙂

    • Natzoo

      Thankyou, I have been breaking my head for this for the past week. your detailed explanation helped me to get GPRS back it is working like a charm.

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Excellent … Thanks …

    • Iraashid

      dude thankyou ur the man

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Gud to know that it helped you …

    • Saurabhkhaira

      i tried using the iphoen configuration utility but still not able to access internet. pls help.

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Did you restart your iPhone twice?? Have u got ur GPRS activated??

    • Ibrahim_cal


      I have installed the airtel gprs setting in my iPhone 3G iOS 4.0 and also checked with AirTel that my mobile office is active but still unable to access internet. Can you help me plz my email id is ibrahim_cal@yahoo.com

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Did you restart your iPhone … do it twice .. sometimes profile is not installed properly …
      To verify – go to settings –> General –> (Look for the option Profile – second last option in my case in General) ……….. see if setting is correct … verified ,, and airtelgprs.com in advanced settings

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Also check if Airtel gprs is working in your area at that particular moment .. it happened to me .. i was trying to make it work and later on was told by airtel customer care that gprs was not working in that area for that day …

    • Jimmysplat

      hey dude!!!!when im installing it is giving an error message…”PROFILE FAILED TO INSTALL. ONLY ONE APN CONFIGURATION CAN BE INSTALLED AT A TIME.” plz help me man…..

    • Jimmysplat

      plz help me man…………i am struggling from months……my email is isaacpraveensomana@gmail.com

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      In the configuration utility you will see the current profile also … just go and uninstall it first from the utility and then u will be able to install the new one …

      • Nouveau

        Unfortunately, there’s no current profile. I can’t uninstall if it does not show anywhere.. The message “PROFILE FAILED TO INSTALL. ONLY ONE APN CONFIGURATION CAN BE INSTALLED AT A TIME” keeps popping up. Holy f**k!

        • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

          This is definitely an issue … I couldn’t connect to unlockiit.co.nz to install another profile wherein it kept saying profile already installed ..

    • Rath001

      this works also on operators like RELIANCE GSM not providing GPRS for iphone 3G.

      Thanks buddy,,,,,,,, great

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Hope the mail helped !!

    • http://nitinkumarjain.in Nitin Kumar Jain

      Excellent … My pleasure 🙂

    • Ramki

      The airtelgprs.com APN did not work for me and I tried airtelfun.com APN. Even with that, just specifying the APN did not work and I had to specify the Proxy IP and port as well. These settings were available in my previous phone and specified the same in the iPhone configuration utility:

      APN: airtelfun.com / IP Address: / Port:8080

      For mobile office, I guess it has to be (I haven’t tried this since I am not subscribed to Airtel Mobile Office):
      APN: airtelgprs.com / IP Address: / Port:8080

      • http://nitinkumarjain.in NitiN Kumar Jain

        Thanks for sharing the info Ramki ..

        • Gagan

          Just stumbled upon this POST while I was searching “iphone edge problem on Airtel” on Google…

          My problem is a little different though, I have a factory unlocked iphone 4 running perfectly on Airtel, EVEN GPRS is working out of the box, the only problem is the connection is not persistent.. mostly in the evenings when I reach home, I have to goto settings- switch to airplane mode & switch back or switch off “Data” from SBSettings toggle & then switch it back again which kind of refreshes my connection with Airtel’s GPRS Server

          Im using the Rs.198 / 2GB plan, my data usage on Edge is only for Push MAIL & sometimes facebook.

          I’m a IT Network Engnr myself and to what I presume from the above scenario is If I HardCode the APN settings from the above mentioned HACK, will the EDGE consistency improve..

          Do other people here(I’m in Delhi) on Airtel GPRS experience such outage, especially when switching on & off from Wifi to EDGE ???

          • http://nitinkumarjain.in NitiN Kumar Jain

            Dropping off connection is not related to whether it is hard coded or not .. infact when the settings are downloaded from airtel, it also creates the same settings …

            The problem that you mentioned, I also face sometimes .. here in delhi and pune too … I also do airplane mode and then back … and then it works … but it is not as frequent as u might be facing .. it happens to me once in 2 weeks or so … it may be due to the airtel network problem though .. still need to find out that ….