Archive for June, 2012

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

June 29, 2012

This list is helpful for all who use a local prepaid sim-card when visiting another country and need to setup internet access on their smarthphone or router: ( how do you get a sim card

A) Switzerland and Italy and Denmark:


Settings for Swisscom – Access Point Names:

Name : Swisscom
Proxy : <Not set>
Port : <Not set>
Username : <Not set>
Password : <Not set>
Server : <Not set>
MMS proxy :
MMS port : 8080
MCC : 228
MNC : 01
APN type : <Not set>

Where can I buy a sim card ? How do you get a sim card ? Where can you get a sim card ?

Swisscom Shops or Swisscom Partner Shops such as the Mobile Zone (see map). Select Partner 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 costs 19.90 CHF.

Settings OK TalkEasy Sim Card:

Name : OK
Proxy :
Port : <Not set>
Username : tsl
Password : tsl
Server : <Not set>
MMS proxy :
MMS port : 8080
MCC : 228
MNC : 03
Authentification Type: PAP
APN type : default,supl

Where to buy ?

Sim-Card tarrifes.
Places to buy. I bought my Sim-card for 15 CHF in a KKiosk. You find a KKiosk for example at the airports in Switzerland and at Railwaystations. They also open on Week-ends. However they will activate the card only during week days. You also need to provide an identity card.

Lebara Sim Card (prepaid) can be bought at Amazon: Lebara SIM Card (Switzerland)
The Lebara Sim Card can be reloaded at any ticket machine on the train stations in Switzerland.


Settings for Vodafone:

Name: Acc. Internet da cell


Proxy: not set

Port: not set

Username: not set

Password: not set

Server: not set

MMSC: not set

MMS-Proxy: not set

MMS-Port: not set

MCC: 222

MNC: 10

Authentication-Typ: not set

APN-Typ: default,supl

Where to buy?

I bought the vodafone micro sim-card in the vodafone shop in Budoni, island of Sardina in Italy at 9:45 am on a Monday. It was activated by 2:20 pm the same day. The card allows for one month 500 MB data transfer and unlimeted local sms to vodafone users for 10 Euro. For the activation of the Micro sim-card 15 Euro additionally were charged. Only a copy of my passport was taken. No forms to fill or any other data required from my side.

Settings for TIM – Telecom Italia:

Name: mms
Proxy: not set
Port: not set
Username: not set
Password: not set
Server: not set
MMS Proxy:
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 222
MNC: 01
APN Type: mms

If you want to buy a prepaid sim card on amazon:Uno Mobile Italian Prepaid SIM Card


Lebara Sim Card
These APN (AccessPointName) Settings have worked for me:
Name: Lebara internet
APN: internet
Proxy: <Not set>
Port: <Not set>
Username: <Not set>
Password:<Not set>
Server:<Not set>
MMSC:<Not set>
MMS proxy:<Not set>
MCC: 238
MNC: 02
Authentication type: none
APN type: default

Where to buy ?
Sim Card can be bought online at Amazon:
Lebara SIM Card (Denmark) or for example WHSmith or 7-Eleven.
More details on how to activate internet access on the lebara sim card see here.

See also: Quick Reference Card on how to setup internet access for your smartphone

B) All countries around the world (globe) :

The following links were provided by experts on Linkedin
Ivan Pisachev (Linkedin Profile):

World’s GPRS APN List

Flexispy Mobile APN Setting to use GPRS

Dirk-Jan Koeman (Linkedin Profile):

List by Vysoo

List of all International Manual GPRS Settings Arranged Country-wise: WorldWide by Amit Rawat


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How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot Devices and how to Setup those for Internet Access

June 28, 2012

Latest Update August 2013

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 my current telephone number to stay active so that family members or others 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. There are a number of mobile wlan umts hotspot devices such as the Trekstor or Huawei E series for example the NEW UNLOCKED HUAWEI E5830 WIFI Wireless Router E5 Modem available. They can serve up to five devices and connect them to the internet. All what you need is a prepaid sim card for these mobile hotspots. But one thing you cannot do with the router this to make local phone calls.

Update August 2013: Besides the Huawei Router E8530 there are now other routers available:
Unlocked ZTE MF60 3G,
Unlocked HUAWEI E585 3G,
Novatel Wireless MiFi 3352

I have found even another and cheaper solution and plus I have a local phone. Since 2011 there is a Huawei U8160 Vodafone VF858 Android Unlocked smart on the market. It is the cheapest smartphone currently available. It is an android phone. Even a sim lock free vodafone 858 is still cheaper than the mobile umts hotspots. And the android vodafone 858 can serve several devices at the same time and connect them to the internet.

Update August 2013: Lately the Huawei U8610 Vodafone VF858 is not available. But there are alternatives now on the market:
LG Optimus LG E400 Unlocked ,
Samsung GT-S5360L Galaxy Y Unlocked,
Sony Xperia Tipo ST21A Unlocked

As I travel during the year to different countries the sim lock free version is best suited for my needs.

Once in the country I just need to buy a prepaid sim card for this android mobile phone. Now I can make calls and have access to the internet.

The beauty of this comes into play when I set this vodafone 858 to be a wlan hotspot (mobile wifi hotspot). Now through tethering I connect my iphone or ipad or kindle to this android smart phone. Et voila I avoid data roaming costs while surfing or reading my emails or ebooks on my ipad or kindle on the beach. In a test I was able to use the hotspot with 2 iphones and an ipad in parallel without problems.

Below a quick help card on how to setup internet access on your smartphone.

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I bought my prepaid sim card at the swisscom shop. It requires an identity card. The sim card was activated within 10 minutes after purchase. Yet first even with the help of the shop assistant I could not get access to the internet.

The shop assistant recommended me to call the Swisscom help desk. They advised me to access 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. See Use Vodafone 858 smart as a mobile umts hotspot. Eric Krakowski provided me with the right settings. See Eric Krakowski’s Profile on Linkedin: . Based on his advice I build the above quick visual guide.

If you travel to different countries the global list below will be very helpful to setup your router or smartphone with a local prepaid simcard to have access to the internet. It includes all the GPRS APN Settings from different countries and telecom providers.

 See also: List of settings for different countries to surf over data networks with your smartphone

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