How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees whiletravelling abroad ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot Devices routerand smartphones and ...
Enlarge PictureI bought my prepaid sim card at the Swisscom shop. It requires an identity card. The sim cardwas activated ...
SwitzerlandSettings for Swisscom – Access Point Names:Name : SwisscomAPN : gprs.swisscom.chProxy : <Not set>Port : <Not se...
Settings for Vodafone:Name: Acc. Internet da cellAPN: mobile.vodafone.itProxy: not setPort: not setUsername: not setPasswo...
MNC: 01APN Type: mmsSee also: Quick Reference Card on how to setup internet access for your smartphoneB) All countries aro...
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Have you ever come back from a vacation or business trip from abroad and were surprised by the cost of your telephone bill for using your private iPhone or smartphone?
You could always buy a local prepaid sim card and change it with your existing sim card in your phone. But this is not what I what I need. I want that my current telephone number stays active so family members or others who can still reach me. Also I do not want to have my existing sim card with a two year contract floating around my luggage. On top I enjoy using my iPhone and my iPad more than any other tablet or smart phone.
There are several options available that will satisfy my above objectives.

List of APN settings for different countries to surf over data networks ( internet ) with your smartphone and where to buy the prepaid sim card

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  1. 1. How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees whiletravelling abroad ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot Devices routerand smartphones and how to Setup those forInternet AccessJanuary, 2013Have you ever come back from a vacation or business trip from abroad and were surprised bythe cost of your telephone bill for using your private iPhone or smartphone?You could always buy a local prepaid sim card and change it with your existing sim card inyour phone. But this is not what I what I need. I want that my current telephone number staysactive so family members or others who can still reach me. Also I do not want to have myexisting sim card with a two year contract floating around my luggage. On top I enjoy usingmy iPhone and my iPad more than any other tablet or smart phone.There are several options available that will satisfy my above objectives. There are a numberof mobile wlan umts hotspot devices such as the Trekstor or Huawei E series for example theNEW UNLOCKED HUAWEI E5830 WIFI Wireless Router E5 Modem available. They canserve up to five devices and connect them to the internet. All what you need is a prepaid simcard for these mobile hotspots. But one thing you cannot do with the router this to make localphone calls.I have found even another and cheaper solution and plus I have a local phone. Since 2011there is a Huawei U8160 Vodafone VF858 Android Unlocked smart on the market. It is thecheapest smartphone currently available. It is an android phone. Even a sim lock freeVodafone 858 is still cheaper than the mobile umts hotspots. And the android Vodafone 858can serve several devices at the same time and connect them to the internet.As I travel during the year to different countries the sim lock free version is best suited for myneeds.Once in the country I just need to buy a prepaid sim card for this android mobile phone. NowI can make calls and have access to the internet.The beauty of this comes to play when I set this Vodafone 858 to be a wlan hotspot. Nowthrough tethering I connect my iPhone or iPad to this android smart phone. Et voila I avoidmy data roaming costs while surfing or reading my emails or eBooks on my iPad on thebeach. In a test I was able to use the hotspot with 2 iPhones and an iPad in parallel withoutproblems.Below a quick help card on how to setup internet access on your smartphone.
  2. 2. Enlarge PictureI bought my prepaid sim card at the Swisscom shop. It requires an identity card. The sim cardwas activated within 10 minutes after purchase. Yet first even with the help of the shopassistant I could not get access to the internet.The shop assistant recommended me to call the Swisscom help desk. They advised me toaccess the manual on their website. This was neither helpful nor successful.It was through the Question and Answer section in Linkedin that I finally got it to work. SeeUse Vodafone 858 smart as a mobile umts hotspot. Eric Krakowski provided me with theright settings. See Eric Krakowski’s Profile on Linkedin:http://fr.linkedin.com/in/erickrakowski . Based on his advice I build the above quick visualguide.If you travel to different countries the global list below will be very helpful to setup yourrouter or smartphone with a local prepaid simcard to have access to the internet. It includes allthe GPRS APN Settings from different countries and telecom providers.List of APN settings for different countries to surf overdata networks ( internet ) with your smartphone andwhere to buy the prepaid sim cardJanuary, 2013This list is helpful for all who use a local prepaid sim-card when visiting another country andneed to setup internet access on their smarthphone or router:A) Switzerland and Italy:
  3. 3. SwitzerlandSettings for Swisscom – Access Point Names:Name : SwisscomAPN : gprs.swisscom.chProxy : <Not set>Port : <Not set>Username : <Not set>Password : <Not set>Server : <Not set>MMSC : http://mms.natel.ch:8079MMS proxy : 192.168.210.002MMS port : 8080MCC : 228MNC : 01APN type : <Not set>Where to buy ?Swisscom Shops or Swisscom Partner Shops such as the Mobile Zone (see map). SelectPartner Shops to view the locations. Switzerland is pretty well covered.Activation of my prepaid sim card took less than 10 minutes in the Swisscom Shop and costs19.90 CHF.Settings OK TalkEasy Sim Card:Name : OKAPN : Netgprs.comProxy : 192.168.10.2Port : <Not set>Username : tslPassword : tslServer : <Not set>MMSC : http://mms.natel.ch:8079MMS proxy : 192.168.210.002MMS port : 8080MCC : 228MNC : 03Authentification Type: PAPAPN type : default,suplWhere to buy ?Sim-Card tarrifes.Places to buy. I bought my Sim-card for 15 CHF in a KKiosk. You find a KKiosk for exampleat the airports in Switzerland and at Railwaystations. They also open on Week-ends. Howeverthey will activate the card only during week days. You also need to provide an identity card.Italy
  4. 4. Settings for Vodafone:Name: Acc. Internet da cellAPN: mobile.vodafone.itProxy: not setPort: not setUsername: not setPassword: not setServer: not setMMSC: not setMMS-Proxy: not setMMS-Port: not setMCC: 222MNC: 10Authentication-Typ: not setAPN-Typ: default,suplWhere to buy?I bought the Vodafone micro sim-card in the vodafone shop in Budoni, island of Sardina inItaly at 9:45 am on a Monday. It was activated by 2:20 pm the same day. The card allows forone month 500 MB data transfer and unlimeted local sms to vodafone users for 10 Euro. Forthe activation of the Micro sim-card 15 Euro additionally were charged. Only a copy of mypassport was taken. No forms to fill or any other data required from my side.Settings for TIM – Telecom Italia:Name: mmsAPN: mms.tim.itProxy: not setPort: not setUsername: not setPassword: not setServer: not setMMSC: http://mms.tim.it/servlets/mmsMMS Proxy: 213.230.130.089MMS Port: 80MCC: 222
  5. 5. MNC: 01APN Type: mmsSee also: Quick Reference Card on how to setup internet access for your smartphoneB) All countries around the world (globe) :The following links were provided by experts on LinkedinIvan Pisachev (Linkedin Profile):World’s GPRS APN ListFlexispy Mobile APN Setting to use GPRSDirk-Jan Koeman (Linkedin Profile):List by VysooList of all International Manual GPRS Settings Arranged Country-wise: WorldWide by AmitRawatIf you want to join the discussion, visit:How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot Devices and how to Setup thosefor Internet Access

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