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Default Airtel Malawi APN settings please!

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Hello everybody,

I own a Bold 9700 purchased from the national carrier Airtel Malawi (previously called Zain Malawi and even before, Celtel Malawi)

I would like to know if anybody knows the APN settings so I can tether. I am on BIS.

I have asked the Main Office and Customer Care about this settings and they have no clue, at least that's what they say anyway.

At one point somebody told me that the APN is blackberry.net. Sure enough, I put this into the BlackBerry Desktop Software (tools - mobile internet settings) and it shows it is connected but there is no access; Google page or anything else is not opening.

Please, if anybody can assist, I would greately appreciate it. Thank you!
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Default Re: Airtel Malawi APN settings please!

Holy jeebus guy! Do you think you posted this in enough places on the Internet?

I found this in two minutes:
Mobile access | Africa
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Default Re: Airtel Malawi APN settings please!

I posted this message only in 2 places, and that's because I really need help with this.

I opened your link but I cannot find any information regarding my problem. Do you see any settings on that webpage?

Thank you!
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Default Re: Airtel Malawi APN settings please!

I counted 7, but no matter. airtel malawi apn - Google Search

Anyway, here is the info from the page:
Internet Settings

Account Name = Airtel Internet
Home Page: Google
IP Address = none (leave blank)
Port = none (leave blank)
Username = none (leave blank)
Password = none (leave blank)
Access Point Name (APN) = internet
WAP Settings

Account Name = Airtel WAP
Home Page = http://portal.mw.Airtel.com
IP Address = 10.150.0.142
Port = 9201
Username = none (leave blank)
Password = none (leave blank)
Access Point Name (APN) = wap

You will probably need to use the Internet settings.
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Default Re: Airtel Malawi APN settings please!

Thank you dc/dc, but my question was another one. Maybe I wasn't very clear, English is my second language; you have provided the settings for wap and internet, but I am on a data plan, using the BlackBerry Internet Service, and I want to be able to connect with the computer via the phone. I think this procedure is called "tethering".
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Thank you dc/dc, but my question was another one. Maybe I wasn't very clear, English is my second language; you have provided the settings for wap and internet, but I am on a data plan, using the BlackBerry Internet Service, and I want to be able to connect with the computer via the phone. I think this procedure is called "tethering".
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You were perfectly clear. The settings I provided you will enable you to tether. You must set them in the phone under Options > Advanced > TCP/IP, and then you can use BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your PC to connect.
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It doesn't work,dc/dc. I tried "internet", "wap", "blackberry.net"...and with "internet" it won't even connect, while with the other 2 it connects but no page is opening, not even Google.
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It doesn't work,dc/dc. I tried "internet", "wap", "blackberry.net"...and with "internet" it won't even connect, while with the other 2 it connects but no page is opening, not even Google.
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Then most likely BlackBerry tethering is not allowed by Airtel/Zain. Many carriers do not include access to their Internet or WAP APNs in their BIS plans. I know for AWCC here in Afghanistan that if you are fortunate enough to get a BlackBerry plan, you still have to subscribe to the 999 Afghanis per month GPRS plan to get access to the Internet. This is fairly common with carriers outside of the first world.
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Default Re: Airtel Malawi APN settings please!

I was afraid of that answer, but I'm pretty sure you are right. I'll check with my carrier one of these days. Thanks for your time anD for your helpful answers.
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I was afraid of that answer, but I'm pretty sure you are right. I'll check with my carrier one of these days. Thanks for your time anD for your helpful answers.
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No problem, I'm happy to help. These types of situations are tough, and unfortunately employee knowledge of a carrier's service tariffs and the like is universally poor. Best of luck to you!
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