Sharing your iPhone’s SIM card…? No DUN or MMS for you!

I use a variety of devices as I am sure you’ve gathered by now and I’ve encountered some interesting things when using the iPhone’s SIM card with my Nokia N95…

Because you’ve got Visual Voicemail set up from the iPhone, there’s no easy way to call the ATT number and get your messages. It’s an entirely different system. The trick is to call your own number from your cell and you’ll be right in your inbox.

You get a txt message when a voicemail comes through which looks like this:

Visual Voicemail Notice NOT on the iPhone

The first time I missed a call it admittedly took a few moments to realize what I was looking at. I’ve blanked out my phone number above, but otherwise that’s what you get. I just delete them now and call in for the message. Sometimes a second txt arrives after you’ve listened and deleted… This is clearly not Visual Voicemail.

As I’ve mentioned a few times in a some recent posts, the iPhone does not support the 3.5G services ATT offers but the SIM does not prevent that speed from coming through to the handset of your choice… No changes are required to enjoy this, just plug it in and roll!

The rub with regard to data is that there does not seem to be a way to use your non-iPhone on the iPhone plan as a bluetooth modem via Dial-Up Networking (DUN). I’ve tried my laptop (which immediately recognized the N95 and was ready to go with ATT) as well as my Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, but neither device was able to actually connect.

MMS also does not work at all.

Mms blocked! Mms blocked!

My guess is that the SIM has locked out these features since the iPhone does not offer them. I am having trouble accepting this on principle that I have unlimited data plan with messaging (and ATT can bill incrementally for MMS if they want). DUN I can accept as a slightly different deal, but should still be made to work as it always has before the iPhone.

If anyone has a working shared iPhone SIM DUN connection, please let me know! I know I fall into the minority here, but there’s got to be a way to get this working … before I have to call ATT.

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7 comments for “Sharing your iPhone’s SIM card…? No DUN or MMS for you!

  1. 10/9/2007 at 10:28 pm

    I’m tethered with my Blackjack using the iPhone SIM right now. It’s connected via Bluetooth PAN though.
    What’s funny though, I haven’t seen any visual voice mail come in recently even though I have received voice mail. So I called my own number with the iPhone and was able to get to my voicemail.
    I hope visual voice mail didn’t break by using my other phone..

  2. 10/9/2007 at 10:32 pm

    Interesting … Visual Voicemail still works for me when I switch back. I wonder if I can get PAN working from the N95 – off to Google!

  3. Tj
    10/13/2008 at 2:20 pm

    a friend of mine setup his N95 (using his iPhone's SIM) as a bluetooth modem. it was actually quite easy.

    1) turn bluetooth on both devices
    2) in leopard, go to system prefs -> network -> bluetooth and “setup bluetooth device”
    3) follow the steps given and when you get to the DUN section make sure the Nokia 3G script is chosen, leave then phone number field blank, the account name is WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM, and the password should be CINGULAR1. it is case sensitive.
    4) finish the setup and once given the option in the network prefs try to connect.

    that should be that.

  4. Tj
    10/13/2008 at 6:20 pm

    a friend of mine setup his N95 (using his iPhone's SIM) as a bluetooth modem. it was actually quite easy.

    1) turn bluetooth on both devices
    2) in leopard, go to system prefs -> network -> bluetooth and “setup bluetooth device”
    3) follow the steps given and when you get to the DUN section make sure the Nokia 3G script is chosen, leave then phone number field blank, the account name is WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM, and the password should be CINGULAR1. it is case sensitive.
    4) finish the setup and once given the option in the network prefs try to connect.

    that should be that.

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