[How To] Enable GPRS/EDGE/APN Settings In Jailbroken iPhone 3GS

by Rohit Khurana on October 20, 2009



I have recently jailbroken an iPhone I got from AT&T USA and brought it to India. In India I inserted an AirTel SIM in my Apple iPhone but the GPRS was not working. The GPRS settings are generally found in “Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network” screen as seen below

cellular data network

But this option was missing on my iPhone 3GS. This was missing because the apple restricts the settings editing from user. In this article I will share three methods of changing the GPRS APN settings when the option is missing.


There are three methods, one through browser, one through a cydia app and other through file editing. I will explain all three in this article.


First of all, find your manual GPRS settings from your service provider or carrier. You can also find Free GPRS settings for India here.


Change iPhone APN Settings Through Safari Browser [Quick and Easy Way]



1. Connect your iPhone to some wifi/wireless network which can give your iPhone Internet access.

2. From your iPhone Safari browser, open the website : unlockit.co.nz and click Continue


3. Click on Custom APN


4. Type the APN settings for your carrier, in my case, it was airtelgprs.comand click on create profile.


5. Save the profile and re-start your iPhone. Your phone should now be working with the GPRS settings.


Enable Cellular Data Network Settings On iPhone Using APN Editing App



For this you can download the app called “APN Editing


This app should work on iPhone 2G/3G, not sure of 3GS, because it did not install on my 3GS. If this application installs on your phone, its good, else see the method below.



Enable Cellular Data Network Settings Though File Editing [Geek Method]



1. Download and Install OpenSSH app from Cedia

openSSH app from cedia

2. Download and Install WinSCP client for Windows. Run the client and connect to your iPhone using SFTP over the wifi network. The Host Name will be IP address visible in

“Settings > General > Wifi > <Network Name>”

username will be “root”

password will be “alpine” for iPhone 3Gs


3. Browse to the following location on the WinSCP client

“/System/Library/Carrier Bundles/<carrier name>” and copy the “carrier.plist” file from this folder. carrier name is the folder name that depends on which carrier you are using. For example, in my case, it was Airtel India, so the path is:

/System/Library/Carrier Bundles/BhartiAirtel_in.bundle

get-carrier.plist file

4. Download and run pledit software and open the file “carrier.plist” downloaded in above step with pledit editor

and paste the following code just after the “<dict>” tag in this file:



Save the file after making changes as seen below.



5. Copy the Saved file back to the same folder in the iPhone. Restart the iPhone and the settings will be enabled.


After all this research, I got my GPRS working, see the proof below :)


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Ankit Bhutani October 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Well done Rohit !!

You are becoming master in everything these days !! :)

Vijay November 27, 2009 at 1:28 am

Let me try this steps and post the results later…

Arjun December 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm

hi, i’ve done everything possible but still cannot get my Cellone Prepaid gprs working on my iPhone 2g 3.0 FW..
can u help somehow ? There’s this iPhone Configuration utility as well for both Mac n win. by that also u can create a profile in which you can add proxies n port no.
But still no luck..
The AllowAPNeditting is also enabled..

I get ” E ” on top left all the time, but cannot access internet on my iPhone.. is there nething else we have to do to somehow activate GPRS usage in iPhone 2G ?

bernd wambach December 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm

hi, i’ve done everything possible but still cannot get my Cellone Prepaid gprs and edge working on my iPhone 2g version 3.1.2 (7D11)

i try WinSCP client for Windows to but on my iphone is no folder “/System/Library/Carrier Bundles/”.

i install APN changer but nothimg works…i install APN Editing but can’t start the program. I live in thailand and used AIS 12call.

Rohit December 8, 2009 at 12:20 am

Please check with the Network Customer care, they might have disabled EDGE / GPRS data plan for your connection. I also faced this problem initially.

vishal December 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm

hi Rohit

I recently got a jailbroken 3gs updated to 3.1.2 baseband 5.11.07 .

I am using this phone on vodafone india prepaid . Initially to access vodafone’s GPRS . i created an APN using the iphone cong utilty by following the procedure mention on this link http://broadbandforum.in/vodafone-in…iphone-worked/

initially all was well and i could access the GPRS service but after installing “push fix for youtube ” via cydia , the APN comes up as “unsigned ” and cannot be removed via iphone config utilty as well. i have lost my gprs connection too. can anyone please provide instructions on how to get this “unsigned” APN issue resolved. I also tried unlockit.co.nz to install a new APN but I need to remove this unsigned APN first . the config utilty does not allow me to remove or install a new APN . do u knowhow do i remove this unsigned APN

Arjun December 9, 2009 at 12:26 am

gprs data plan is active.. i’m using the cellone prepaid.. 5 paise / 10kb.
everything’s working on e71..
am fed up dude.. seriously. I even tried a airtel post paid gprs.. it aint working.. looks like the problem is in my phone..
any other solutions ?

Adam S January 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

Works Great with AT&T!! Thanks

mohammd jashim March 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

hi i went and asked airtel guys regarding my gprs settings in dumlur(bangalore) branch they tried to configure but they dint and that airtel officier said you goto coromangala for configure i went there also he said there is no apn in your mobile , so i cant he said .

finally he given one number , that guy working in another airtel showroom in sivaji nagar near indian express , he also did something and he said sir your iphone was not properly jailboken , it has to be jailbroken properly .

he said for that they will charge .

finally i lost my amount , by spending it for bus etc .
and i found exact anwser from this site
i am saying thousand thanks to person who published it ..

buy iphone in mobile store instead buying it airtel showroom , because the difference is almost 10 k .

Anthony March 19, 2010 at 10:25 am

Awesome, worked right away. Did a ton of searches before finding you. Tmobile is clueless on this and this would be great for them to know.
Thanks alot

Dinesh March 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm

i got a iphone3gs from mumbai fully factory unlocked …have not done jailbreaking …using a vodafone prepaid simcard(Mumbai) ….tried the first method as you said …did as you said …i can see a E logo but when i open safari for browsing it says ….your not subscirbed to a celluar data service …..wad else can i try here and wad am i doing wrong … Please help me

Rohit March 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

You need to call the customer care of Vodafone, get the correct APN settings and need to confirm that your data plan is active or not. This error comes usually when either APN is wrong, or Data Plan not activated on connection or both.

paolo April 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

It worked fine on my iPhone 2G on 3.1.2 firmware. Thanks a lot!

Dave April 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I have t-mobile pay as you go, will I be able to set up an apn on it for cellular data and how could I do this? I have an iPhone 3gs which is jailbroken and unlocked
thanking you in advance

Allan May 5, 2010 at 12:17 am

@Rohit i tried it
it doesnt work on my vodafone pls help
as far as i knw da vodafone live apn uses proxy
but there is no option for proxy and port no,

Vineet May 14, 2010 at 2:51 am

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Gprs Settings May 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Thanks alot for Nice Guide! Its really helpful you know… Free GPRS Settings?

Vish June 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Thanks so much for the info.
I will be arriving in Bombay in 2 weeks.
I have an iPhone 3GS and I would like to get the Airtel internet to work on my phone.
What prepaid plan should I get from them?
On the Airtel website it says the RC 91 plan has 2 GB of free internet. Will it work on the iPhone?

Also, what are the settings for Airtel on the iPhone? I noticed that you only added the Custom APN as Airtelgprs.com and no username and password. Is that correct?

Thanks so much.

Rohit June 11, 2010 at 11:58 am

My friend Abhishek is using the same plan of Airtel in Delhi on his iPhone 3G. It will work.

Anil June 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm


Can you let me step by step procedure to activate GPRS for iphone 3GS?
Thank you and waiting for your reply.

Matthew Ong June 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Hi Rohit,
I have the same problem with my 3GS. I love the solutions you’ve provided. I was just wondering if I use the Safari method when I get back to my home country will I have to reset everything back to the way it was?


Kevin June 24, 2010 at 2:02 am

Strange, the nz site gave me a profile, that once installed, generates the error: could not activate cellulardata network. PDP authentication failure… Any ideas? This happened when I selected IT Vodafone IPH

Rohit June 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

If the profile there does not work, use the manual method, create a profile using the APN settings and use it. It works with my carrier here in India. I did it using manual APN settings. Hope it helps.

Vish June 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Hi Rohit,
Thanks for the reply.
Besides Airtel and Vodafone, there is also Tata Docomo.
Did you manage to find the settings for Tata Docomo internet to work on the iPhone?
The reason I am asking is cause where I live in Mumbai (Shivaji Park, Dadar), the signal reception for Airtel and Vodafone is weak. At least that is what my mother told me this week. When I was in India a few months ago, Airtel was working fine but Vodafone was weak. Now both companies have weak reception. Tata Docomo is working fine in my area now so I was planning on getting Docomo if the internet would work on the iPhone. Do you have the settings for Docomo?

Thanks for all the help.

Vish June 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Also, is anyone able to tether the internet from the iPhone to the laptop?

Miguel July 13, 2010 at 12:20 am

E-mailed it for the new OS4.0


pranav July 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

Ok i have tried applying apn thru editin the plist file & also applied the config utility apn.
But im only able to access fb, safari. Not able to access nimbuzz, youtube etc….
can any1 pls guide me..??

ajay July 14, 2010 at 8:29 am

could anyone help me with MTNL (Main To Nahin Lagta) GPRS settings as the MTNL guys to whom I could contact, were all ……………….. (less said than better). They merely tells you to sms and they would send you the configration, but alas!

Rohit July 14, 2010 at 11:45 am

seems like MTNL 3G doesn’t work with iPhone, some compatibility issue or something, however, it works on Nexus one Android platform as we have tested it on both these phones.

rhea July 29, 2010 at 6:44 am

i want to know how to open the GPRS in my iPhone 3G? My husband send to me this iPhone 3G from US he used AT&T before he can used wifi to this phone but now im here in Philippines its not work the WIFI. can u teach me how i can use the WIFI? thank you for the time..

Raghu August 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Thanks a lot for your help man
I was totally freaking out with my phone without gprs
everythings fine now

Artur August 19, 2010 at 12:56 am

using method 3, because method 2 doesn’t work. thanks a lot!

Syed August 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm

What are the APN aettings for vodafone india?

Rohit August 23, 2010 at 7:11 pm

check with you area vodafone customer care or vodafone website.

Ranga September 8, 2010 at 12:30 am

Hi Rohit
The solutions are really interesting in particular third. In my case none of them did work. My phone is iPhone4 from US AT&T. I have jailbroken and unlocked the phone. Once I installed APN using unlockit.nz.co. When the GPRS was not working I had uninstalled. But when I try to install again after your note it gives an error. I tried second method and that also gives an error.

Finally I tried third successfully. But unfortunately still GPRS is not working. Can you suggest me how to uninstall APN clean! For your info this is not visible in iphone applications!
Thanks in advance!

Amit September 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Rohit will the three methods mentioned by you above work in IPhone 4 too ( 4.0.1) ? I have tried to install unlock.nz. There is no problem with same and it also gives choice of selecting carrier which in my case is vodafone . I can see the E also in top bar. Still the Internet is not working??? The vodafone cus care confirms each time that Idata is active on my phone . Do you think you can assist ? Thanks

iqbal singh September 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

thanx budddy its really working
i cant connect to my pc through wi-fi
i am using bsnl broadband
can u pls help me
thanx agian

amit September 25, 2010 at 12:07 am

mirracle absolutely all i can say
i got my i phone4 on 1st of september but couldn’t use internet on it till 24th till i read this page.
after that my internet was working not with great speed but it was working
many many thanks to troublefixers

Subbarao October 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I followed this article and able to enable GPRS. Now my problem is, how to enable Tethering. While creating profile I don’t see V3 Tethering + MMS. I am not using Version 3 on my Iphone. It is Version 4.0 (8a293). Any help is highly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

selvan October 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm

great! rohit! problem got solved in ma iphone… thanks a lot!!!

ADIS Burza October 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

worked 10000% for apn (gprs only) not MMS :( thats my next problem
3gs 4.1 new boot rom =) thx rohit

Dev October 13, 2010 at 5:28 am

Hi, I have just jail broken/unlocked my iphone 4 using limera1n / ultrasn0w. I get full network and it also displays the carrier “vodafone” with an “E” right next to it. However, I constantly get the error “could not activate cellular data network: You are not subscribed to a cellular data service”. I confirmed that my IPhone data plan is active with Vodafone and have also tried my sim in another phone where it works perfectly.

Any suggestions to help resolve the issue will be greatly appreciated.

Dev October 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I seem to have the same issue as you had. What APN setting did u use for Vodafone india?

SACHIN October 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Hi, can I use AT&T – I phone with BSNL- Post paid mobile? how to unlock?

vincent ho October 17, 2010 at 4:28 am

hey my phone is jailbroken and unlocked on 4.0.2 but the only thing is that there is no t-mobile
_US File. Do you know if I could install it? or what do i do? thanks! any help would be greatly appreciated

Yuvraj October 23, 2010 at 12:54 am

AWESOME!!! THE FIRST STEP WORKS FOR MY iPhone 4.0.2 (Airtel Prepaid Connection)



A million thumbs up for you man!

Kirit Parmar October 23, 2010 at 2:18 am

Hey buddy,
The first option did work for me..but in that i have to use airtel live…which is chargeable for me. I have activated mobile office plan by paying Rs 98/month. I want use that plan.. Airtel guy sent me the setting and said me to save it.. but i dont where to save it. Iphone4 doesn’t have any apn by default. And with the help of first option you can edit the apn setting. Will you please help me ?

How about copying carrier.list file from someone’s iphone 3gs file who has airtel working

Vrajesh November 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

I have tried with Iphone configuration utility for APN setting in my Iphone 3gs!

It works fine with no problem.

1)Download “Iphone Configuration Utility” from Apple website
2) Install it
3) Open Iphone Configuration Utility application in ur PC and connect your iphone to your machine through USB
4)Click on Configuration profile
5) Provide name information as per your need in “Configuration profile> General” tab
6)Now go to “Configuration profile>Advanced”. This tab gives us the luxury to edit APN setting in our iphone :)
7) Give APN name:
USer name:
User Password:
Proxy: IP address + Port

hurryyyyyyy!! I didnt even needed to restart my phone and started!! Hope this procedure will help you.

amish November 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Thanks man it really worked for me…..thanks for your solution,Thanks

alex November 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm

very helpful. solved my issue in 2 minutes!! thanks a lot! $))

Mike November 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm

hey i am using iphone 4 4.0.1, my carrier is MTCTouch in lebanon. i followed the steps but didn’t find my carrier in the list. i am thinking i should create one and give it the settings needed. any help with this step would be great.

SUMIT K November 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

awesome man it works…………thanks a lot

dax December 1, 2010 at 3:27 am

hey i have beein trying to figure this out for 2 days, i can’t beleive how simple you made it, thank you so much, BTW I did the first method on an iphone 3gs, thanks again.

Ash December 14, 2010 at 2:35 am

Thanks bro, ur technique just fit for any layman…..u rock dude

kamlesh yadav December 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

i am using iphone 3gs v4.2.1 service provider is tata docomo ,gprs service not working all setting is correct.masege is showing could not active celluer data nerwork
Any suggestions to help resolve the issue will be greatly appreciated.

S H December 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I have unlocked iPhone 3gs (4.1) and could not change my APN settings (I had option only for VPN) and none of the previous solutions worked for me. This is what worked. Download “Tether Me” from Cydia (its 1.99). Then download the add on Tether Me APN Editing. IMMEDIATELY after downloading these apps I had the cellular data network menu available! I entered in my carrier info and everything works perfect. Don’t waste your time modifying files which may or may not work, spend 2 bucks and be done in two minutes.

Narayana December 30, 2010 at 6:07 am

I have a T-Mobile SIM from US which I am trying to use on my unlocked iPhone 3G using the Airtel GPRS settings.
I followed both Rohit’s and Vrajesh’s suggestions. But, still I am not able to access the internet on my iPhone 3G using T-Mobile SIM.

Some datapoints.
1) To confirm that my iPhone 3G is jailbroken, I am able to access the internet using the original Airtel SIM of my friend.
2) I can access the internet using my T-Mobile SIM on a Blackberry.

Can someone please help ?
Any other suggestions I can try out ?


Mike December 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm

i tried this on my iphone 4.
i removed the sim card while my iphone was turned on, i waited 10 minutes without touching the phone.
even when it was giving that there is no sim, i didn’t press ok or anything.
after 10 minutes, i re-entered my sim card, and went to settings->general -> network.
i found out that after doing this, i now have the ability to configure the APN settings.
i added my carrier’s settings in lebanon and called the company to activate my edge connection.
all is working now.
hope this works for the rest as well.

Deepak January 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Can i use BSNL sim for my new 3gs phone. How should i activate GPRS on my phone.

Ravi Sharma January 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thanks a Lot dude…..awesome…..:)

Vodafone GPRS on Iphone - 3GS - version 4.1 January 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Hello Friends,

Pls help me set up my Iphone for Vodafone data plans. This phone is from US and is unlocked.
It is Iphone – 3GS – version 4.1. Please provide me the latest procedures.


vishnu January 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

hey guys
i am having iphone 4 which works on ios 4.0.1. i am using vodafone.
i have tried all the steps suggested by all u guys. but nothing seems to be working for me.
can anybody help me out?
i have tried even reliance which has launched 3g. i can see 3G or E in the top left corner of the phone, but still net is not working

shantanu jadhav January 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm

how to activate vodafone.in gprs plan ?

Jay January 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

Rohit brother i tried your above method but no avail, it did not work, ive got a iphone 3gs im with t-mobile uk and running on ios firmware version 4.2.1 with baseband (modem firmware) of 06.15.00, my internet was working just untill a few days ago but i keep getting this same error “could not activate cellular data network, you are not subscribed to a cellular data service” everytime, is there anything else i can do, do i need to change anything else in the carrier.plist file???

And also is there a specific way or order to put this :

in the “carrier.plist” file?? or just randomly copy it in the file because i do not have the exact same content as you do as your sim is different than mine?!

I have talked to t-mobile customer services but they say i need that APN setting in order to input the manual setting in my iphone to connect to the internet but i do not have that tab or setting just “cellular data” “on and off” setting tab. I have also checked my online t-mobile account and see that i am on that internet data plan service so whats wrong???

In addition i had the cellular data network tab once, when i first inserted my simcard in my iphone but that was it, it just vanised/disappeared i do not know how, is this a t-mobile issue, as i read also the network provider can disable this option so its users do not amend it or is it an apple issue as you have stated above? Also i checked my friends iphone 4 he does not have this option or setting either but he has internet on his mobile phone?

Please help me I need this fixed asap please, I do not want to buy another phone……..please anyone, im stressing out and going crazy over this!!!

Rohit January 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Try to put the AllowEDGEEditing tag in the carrier.plist file.

Anil January 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

Am with iphone 4.2.1 with bsnl 3g am nt getting connected to internet plz find ma a solution

rahul jain January 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

hey,i m using iphone3gs 3.1.3 16gb. i m not getting the option cellular data network .
wht 2 do 2 get it.
so that i can use 3G cards in my iphone for browsing.
plz help me 2 get the option APN in my iphone.

Chandra January 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

I unlocked my iPhone 4 (running on iOS 4.0.2) which was previously carrier locked with AT&T (from USA). I have subscribed to TATA DOCOMO 3G plan. Though I see the 3G and E sign, I keep getting the message – “Could not activate cellular data network”. I am guessing that is due to APN setting, which again cannot be set directly from the device. Please help as to how I can set the APN. Waiting eagerly for a reply!

Saikat A Biswas January 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I was gifted with a Iphone 3G from China but unable to set the GPRS/ 3G setting on to it. Can any one help me.

naveen January 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Open Settings in Menu.
No General then Network after that Cellular Data Network in cellular Data
APN: Put “TATA.DOCOMO.INTERNET” for postpaid, “TATA.DOCOMO.INTERNET” if prepaid connection



raj February 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm


i tried to find my carrier, it is mtnl. I could not see that in the list. then i tried to see the carrier.plist under unknown. this file already has the lines mentioned.

still the 3g does not work for mtnl.

kevin February 17, 2011 at 12:02 am

hi, my safari browser on my iphone 3g does not work. when i tap it, it comes up for about 2seconds and goes off. how do i fix this? thanks.

Shahul February 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Hi rohit ,even ive got Iphone 3gs but i can’t access the GPRS or internet my network carrier is Vodafone ,why is this so plz help me ?

pankaj mohata February 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm

hi rohit,
thanks a lot for the APN settings. i am able to use 3g now. i am using tata docomo. can u tell me if i can tether my iphone to my macbook? do docomo allows tethering?

Suril Vithalani February 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Awesome! Thanks a lot :)

Daniel March 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hi rohit.
I tried your methots with the iphone 3gs and htc wildfire on reliance 3g mumbai circle, but it doesnt connect. Ive jailbroken my phone, and have sbsettings installed. And the data ip address keeps showing n/a.

Gprs works with uninor, but not with reliance. What should i do?

Rohit March 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Check with reliance cutomer care that they have data plan activated and request them for manual settings, they will provide you correct APN.

rihan March 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

hi i want too use airtel in my relaince 3g data card plz send me instructin & airtel apn no. & dilup no. quikly

DHRUV March 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

S H, thank u so much, your solution worked for me tooooo,

Rahul March 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Hi Rohit,
Recently I upgraded my 3G from 3.1.2 to 4.2.1 baseband 6.15 & facing the problem with cellular data network, earlier it was working fine after editing the carrier plist file. Could u pls tell, how to fix this now.
Thanks in advance….

Rahul March 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Just to add, I m subscribed Vodafone data plan. After Upgrading to 4.2.1, I am not able to ssh also.

amit tuli March 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

great work thank you so much, keep up the good work

Randy March 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Im currently fly choppers in Afghanistan and we use the Roshan network but i cant find info on enabling the GPRS for this area. Any ideas?

sid March 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm

hi. i did whts mentioned above, i can surf the net bt have some issues. can some1 help me out with these problems.
iphone4 4.2 jailbroken vodafone 3G

1. i am unable to run cydia installations with and without 3G unrestrictor.
2. unable to stream music from desimusic app and raaga app
3. app store and itunes nt woring.
4. speedtest app nt working
5. mails not working. (although its mentioned)
6. fring, skype not working with/without 3G unrestrictor.


tejas April 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Hey Sid this happened to me also

just do one thing just create a simple www apn through iphone configraution utility livive everything blank and u r apps will also work with vodafone live dude….

Just create a apn profile with “www” and evrtying blank

Harish April 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

i require some help to activate 3G services on my iphone 4 brought from US (AT&T) and jailbroken in mumbai. the internet doesn’t work. the version is 4.0.2 (8A400). i have already subscribed to 3G services and the symbol 3G also appears next to IN Vodafone. pse tell me the steps to overcome the above problem.

naveen April 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm


My carrier.plist looks like bewhat folow. Can u plz suggest where should i put what for APN enabling :


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Thanks in advance

suzan April 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

i am really greatful but dont know if it would work for mtn nigeria. To rohit

bharath April 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I tried the above steps under Change iPhone APN Settings Through Safari Browser [Quick and Easy Way] and tried with Airtelgprs.com — but i am getting an error message as “Profile Failed to Install – the UUID for the profile “APN Carrier Settings” is not unique –> i am still not able to connect to internet from my IPhone though AirTel has confirmed that, the GPRS has been enabled on my SIM connection

Daryl May 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

hey man,

this work perfectly. after searching for about 2 hours i stumbled across this, and it worked better than all of the others. t-mobile are just not with it these days. your slacking t-mobile lol. any way cheers man

natalie May 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm


andy May 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm

thanks Mr. Rohit for your valuable information about APN. it really done grt job. Thanks & Regards.

Younus May 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thank You for the help..

rajur May 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I just think iPhone sucks man….its so crazy ….
all this work just to get internet??
And you need internet to configure internet settings!! what a laugh.

ekagra May 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

hey rohit..i have read all ur comments ..but don’t know how 2 connect idea postpaid connection…plz help me out

Yasser May 31, 2011 at 1:59 am

I tired everything for my iPhone 3GS,
I bought this phone from a friend In Canada, and I brought it to sudan…. at first both my 3G Internet and my SMS sending don’t work, but I fixed the SMS( it now sends properly ) but I can’t enable my 3G Internet, I can only use EDGE
does anyone know what I should do? plz help me out

Patrorian June 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

First method is working for me! Thanks a lot.

Ramesh June 2, 2011 at 12:17 am

Hi Rohit,
Thanks for the step-by-step guide. Have the APN settings on my phone now.
While on AIRTEL PREPAID, i did not have any problems with connecting to the net, on my 3.1.3 OS 1st gen IPHONE, i noticed i was being debited @ 30paise/ 30kb, inspite of being on the Rs.98/2gb plan. As with AIRTEL, no help from their help lines or gallery staff, i could not stop the undue debits. They would not want to stop the net streaming from their end, even though they have all access. This setting will help me put an end to that till i can migrate to another service provider. Just to be sure, will removing ‘airtel.gprs’ from the APN box, stop the EDGE service, Rohit?
Thanks again :)

Rohit June 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

yes, removing the APN will disable cellular data.

Ramesh June 2, 2011 at 12:29 am

Hi Rohit,
Thanks, it worked. If i remove ‘airtel.gprs’ from the APN column, and also leave username and password columns blank, will it stop the phone from access to the net. That is what i want to do, as i am debited @ 30p/ 30kb, inspite of having a fixed data plan.
Thanks again:)

Anonymous June 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

Hi Rohit,

Thanks a lllllllllllllllooooooooooottttttttttttttttttt………………..
I was searching for some solution since last year. finally solution 1 is working for me.
Thanks bro.

gourav jain June 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

hey rohit my iphone 3gs don,t showing apn settings now whats can i do plz help me yaar

Romek June 8, 2011 at 11:10 am



Is there a way do delete an old apn profile…?
I have done several thing to trying to fix it, but none will do the thing…

When i want to install the new apn setting, my device is saying that there’s an old apn profile on my iphone and thats the reason i can not install a new one..

Tryed it with apple config. prog and with several website’s on my iphone (unlockit, apn setting by cydia) but none of them works…

Pls help me, couse i can not go on the 3G before i deleted the old apn profile once installed…

i have an iphone 3gs 4.3.3 new bootrom by tmobile…


ajinkya June 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm

i have’nt jailbroken my iphone 3gs i want to activate gprs in my phone cna u please tell me how to configure it ….

james June 9, 2011 at 8:31 am

Does Airtel Work for Unlcoked Iphoine 3G[s} . My iphone works with docomo, Vodafone and other networks but sayes “NO SERVICE” when i insert an Airtel Simcard. Any Kind of Help would be Appreciating. Thank You !!

kalpesh June 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

hi rohit,
just got i phone 3gs Jailbroken but while i m insurting my prepaid IDEA Sim its displays no service but the phone is working with One Of my friends BSNL Sim
please suggest what to do?

Avinash July 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Hi guys.. i got vodafone india iphone plan activated on my phone. but i m not able to use net.. CUSTOMER CARE GUYS TOLD ME TO SYNC IT WITH iTUNES, OR TO PUT “www” IN VPN SETTINGS..
but i couldn’t get it done.. when i go to SETTING > GENERAL >VPN NOT CONNECTED, then i put VPN to ON, then it takes me to ADD CONFIGURATION and there i get 3 options
1. L2TP with
description ………………
server ………………
account ………………

second tab
2. PPTP with certain options

and third tab
3. IP sec with certain options

NOW GUYS PLZZ HELP ME, WHAT TO DO, I DONT SEE ANY OPTIONS TO PUT “www” which Vodafone Customer care guy told me…

i m counting on u guys.. help me

Avinash July 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm

btw i have an unlocked iphone 3gs, i got it from USA, it is on version 4.3.3(8j2) modem firmware 06.15.00

Major Rajneet July 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Dear Rohit,
1. Thanx for a well written article and going through the comments of so many readers, it gives me confidence that you will have a solution for my proble.
2. I recently procured a iPhone 3G 8GB from US for myself which is jailbroken n unlocked. I have a idea connection and subscribed to the internet pack a few days ago. I did get a confirmation SMS stating that the pach ahs been activetaed but when I try using it it says “Could not activate cellular data network”. I did not get any GPRS settings though I requested for it twice.
3. Connected with this is another isuue: I cant even get it hooked onto my BSNL wifi connection.
4. I have no idea whats happening and am not very much into technicals. I would definitely appreciate, if u could kindle solve my problem. and that too in a simpler way.
Major Rajneet

venkat July 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm


i got I phone4 from london and i am using AIRTEL ….

i am not able to call any one even SOS numbers…..

but i can get calls,messages and send messages…..

please suggest me if any settings prolems…….


Tauseef July 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm


Brian Gurnett July 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Thanks a lot.

You helped me set up GPRS for Virgin Mobile in the UK which has no settings for iphones! using unlockit.co.nz – a truly international combo.

Darkangel007 July 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

Ok here goes I have the following
1. iphone4 jailbroken but not unlocked ios 4.3.3
2.ATT prepaid go-phone sim card in ALASKA
I tried several of the methods listed on this site but ONLY ONE WORKED!!
the one at the top of the list unlockit.co.nz follow the instructions and install
the app its free and it works miracles!!! works great on GCI as well!!!
Don’t know why I didn’t try the
first one first!! Good site Thanks bud you rock!!!

ja August 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

thanks buddy it worked:)

sumit verma August 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

thank-you soo much..!! in city vodafone store was unable 2 setup apn settings ..! thanks 2 u who give such soo easy methods 2 unlock apn..!

sabrina August 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

especially with the pictures woww! THANK YOU!

shrikant August 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I have iphone 2g. but, in that mobile there is no cellular data network. there is only VPN. (Not APN)
so how I start Internet. what is the VPN setting? Plz. give me information as early as possible.

lokesh jain August 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

sir i had i phone4 i want setting to get my phone work on normal plan rather than higher end plan for iphone pls help

Steve August 21, 2011 at 3:36 am

Can anyone help me out? I have a USA (AT&T Prepaid Services On A Microsim) ver 4.3.3, I unlocked it and I can make calls and receive text messages, and I tried the APN charger and 3G shows; but it still won’t connect to internet. What am I doing wrong?

sapan August 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I’ve 3G iOS 3.1.2 & BB 6.15. I can edit APN Settings but I’m not able to use EDGE.
I tried AirTel, Aircel, Tata Docomo but non of them is working.

I can use GPRS/EDGE using same SIM in other cell phone.

Please provide your expect guidance.

Chantelle September 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Thankyou sooooo much!!! I have been trying to do this for 3 hrs!!! I finally found your website! Even Koodo couldnt help me! :)

dii September 2, 2011 at 1:50 am

would it work the same if i use at&t gophone?

iphone 3gs..unlocked jailbroken….

lalaala September 3, 2011 at 1:06 am

im having rouble downloadin the pledit software

Nick September 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I have just used option 1 (website) to amend my APN settings on Virgin Mobile UK. It has worked a treat and I can now send and receive MMS messages, well done !

Prasad GPA September 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

It was very much Useful.. Thank you so much..

juzer September 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

Hi Rohit and others I am using Iphone 4 which i boughht from london recently with ios 4.3.5 and I recently unlocked it using Gevey Turbo sim and I am using bsnl 3g as my service provider but I am not able to use internet in my phone even after changing my APN settings as bsnlnet,, it displays “could not activate mobile data network” I even tried APN settings through unlockit.co.nz but nothin worked ,, so plz come out with some solutions,,,,Thanks

vinay verma October 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

hi freind
i have a blackberry curve 8530 fone i want to surf internet in it but i cant able it plz guide me how to configure internet setting manually on it for tata docomo plz help me…

Niranjan Patel October 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

Hi, I have Iphone 3G , I want to uninstall Erase Contacts App. But I can’t. Please give me sugession how to remove from my iphone 3G.

Jitendra October 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

There is an easier way to do this, specially when you dont have a working wifi.

Insert a BSNL simcard, or any card which allows to edi APN. Then change the APN to desired value manually(look up the article for link to settings).

Then insert your Airtel or any locked simcard, it will automatically pick up the last value you entered manually.


Arun November 11, 2011 at 12:10 am

Option 1 working like gem…Thanks a lot Rohit..

zuba November 20, 2011 at 6:22 am

Well thank you . soooooo much.
i didn;t use ur technique but . it is awsome
great work

Ashok Jain November 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Thanks Naveen, This worked for my TATA DOCOMO.

bablu matharu December 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

my iphone3gs is conecting with wi-fi but there is no function after that please send me suggetion

thanx bablu matharu

kalyan January 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Hi Rohit,

Recently i purchase the iPhone 3GS ;

i am facing problem in connecting Internet through ” vodafone_Mumbai (post paid)” network, it directly connects to VFLive, the guys (VF) charging like anything.. Recently i got the bill like 2400.

please help me out in this situation..


rick January 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Hi Rohit,

Your suggestions have helped me a lot in the past.
I have a iphone 4s from USA locked with ATT & want to use in India.
Any suggestions on unlocking this one…..


HIMANSHU January 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

Awesome…Worked like a charm in my 3gs…i hvnt subscribed to gprs but it is still working on my airtel by default.. :))

Sahil February 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I have update my i phone 2g now my voda sim is not supporting the screen is displaying emergency call the function is not displaying or itunes usb picture displaying
Pls help me out

libby February 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thank-you. This worked for my iPhone 4 with TPG in Australia.

mary February 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Thanks a lot! it works for my iphone 3gs! I did the second one.

helen March 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm


i have got iphone 4s from usa which had atnt network and i have jailbroken it but the apn setting is showing up …. please help

Cattledriver April 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I have a iphone 4 with the new OS from Verizon. When I open up WinSCP and go to the correct location I don’t see a Verizon bundle. I see Sprint, Cellular South, Unknown, Zeppelin_US, ZeppelinDAS_US, and OQCfactorymultimode. Are one of those the Verizon file? Any direction would be appreciated.

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