Nokia N90 as a bluetooth modem on Apple

Well there’s nothing like your broadband connection going offline to make you want to try hooking your N90′s unlimited T-mobile data account up to your Apple over Bluetooth.

Synchronising address/calendar data between the two devices is an unrivalled pleasure. 

However, try as I might, I couldn’t get the N90 to give me a data connection.  I did a heck of a lot of surfing looking for a solution. There were none.  None that worked for me.

To be quite honest, I expected it would take 2-3 seconds to setup and activate.  I thought Apple would have made all this point and click.

One oft-repeated solution was to go and download some apple modem drivers from 2004.  I didn’t do that, reasoning that I’d sooner rely on the up to date drivers on the desktop.  I wonder if this was a key flaw in my strategy.

Another proposed solution involved faffing around with the Bluetooth networking settings to no avail.  I just couldn’t see where you instruct the Apple to open a connection on the N90 WITH the APN.  I reasoned that I must have to type in the T-mobile UK APN ("general.t-mobile.co.uk") somewhere.

I tried that *99# technique and inserted that as the phone number.  Nope. 

I tried *99#***1… and then 2, 3, 4 … but no.

The Nokia site was absolutely 100% useless because they only support PC.  Not even a cursory nod to Apple users.

So I got the laptop out and used the Vodafone 3g card.  Not quite what I was looking for as my desktop is now totally isolated from the world until the broadband resumes.

I am going to continue to research the solution.

  • http://www.korke.com Mark Dannau

    You should be able to find what you need on Ross Barkman’s website: http://www.taniwha.org.uk/
    If not there’s an app that worked for me called “Mobile High Speed for Mac OS” (I had the same problem in finding an Edge enabled driver for my Nokia 6230). You’ll find it here: http://www.novamedia.de

    Cheers,

    Mark (Mantagua, Chile)

  • Mike Lincoln

    It works for me on T-Mobile USA. Here are the settings I currently use:

    On the N90 I have created an access point named “T-Mobile VPN” (that’s just a name I chose), with Data Bearer = Packet data, Access point name = internet3.voicestream.com, User name = none, Prompt password = no, and authentication = normal. I pay an extra $19.99 per month to have access to the internet3 access point; it allows me to have a routable IP for VPN purposes, etc.

    Now on my Mac (Powerbook G4 1.67 GHz): I am using a custom modem script from Russ Barkman (www.taniwha.org.uk). The particular one I’m using is called “Nokia GPRS CID1″, and it is installed in Macintosh HD/Library/Modem Scripts/ (along with dozens of others that come pre-installed under Tiger).

    Internet Config.app is now set up as follows: Select “Bluetooth” in the toolbar and create a new configuration with Description= “TMobile” (or whatever you call it), Telephone number= internet3.voicestream.com (NOT *99# or any variation thereof; Account Name blank, Password blank, and Modem (script) = Nokia GPRS CID1. Then I just press connect and get EDGE GPRS connectivity to the T-Mobile network.

    At least in the USA, you have to get to T-Mobile Level 3 Network Support in order to discover this necessary information.

    Good luck!

    Mike Lincoln MD

  • stingerman

    Quick note, if you are relying on T-mobiles GPRS phone only service, T-mobile blocked the ability to access the net outside of their own phone tools. There may be ways around this, but I don’t know it.

    You need to buy the additional unlimited data service as posted by another commentator.

  • Tom

    I’m not *entirely* sure this is what you’re looking for, but if your computer already has sync. connection through Bluetooth, open the Network preference pane in System Preferences.app, and it *should* open a dialog indicating that the computer “has detected a new network port,” which you can make the default network interface in Network Port Configurations section (in the Show: popup menu).

  • http://www.electronpusher.org/ Jas Strong

    Hi Ewan, remember me?

    You may have better luck using Ross Barkman’s scripts. He has one for the 3G Nokias, which all currently seem to have the same modem stack, despite their move to EKA2 with the N91.

    This works well for me here in Switzerland except when- inexplicably- it Just Doesn’t.

    You can get them at http://www.taniwha.org.uk/ – highly recommended for any Mac GPRS or 3G user.

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