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Old 10-06-2010, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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With APN disabled I have faster web browsing.

go to

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uncheck all and try it yourself,

You can always reset your APN settings to the default from the menu under TCP IP.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Or so it seems, but I am running .280 on my 9650.
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Once you disable the APN, are you still able to send MMS?
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Once you disable the APN, are you still able to send MMS?
i dont know, i dont use MMS.

are you using a 8310? this thread is for 9800 Torch which uses OS 6 that has some new features.
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I have the impression the browsing is faster.

Perception or reality?
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I loaded up a page that was loaded with pictures to test it, with APN disabled it was faster. Try some pages with it on and off to see the difference.

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Weekend Freedom Machines: Show us your Tires!!

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Old 10-07-2010, 03:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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what does the APN do? So when it is disabled what are we giving up?
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Maybe its just me, but I don't notice any differences.
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Before I try this - I did this once before on my 9000 (was necessary for a specific app to work) - but when I re-enabled APN later, the Username for APN and Password for APN did not come back.

I can write down the username before disabling, but the password of course only shows *******

Can anyone tell me what the username would be (i.e. is it my PIN, or an IP address, or ? ? ? ) - or if not, is this something AT&T can tell me?

Thanks - then I will try disabling APN and respond to the poll.

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I went so far as to disable the browser push options, and got better response times on the browser.
I think I got BBMaps to stick around too.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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if i do this, some of my apps dont work. since i added the APN settings, i havent noticed a change in speed...
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I went so far as to disable the browser push options, and got better response times on the browser.
I think I got BBMaps to stick around too.

Could be if the settings are there it takes a bit for the browser to detect whats faster.

I need to find some time to test the push option now.
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what does the APN do? So when it is disabled what are we giving up?
What mrc said -- I'd like to know what the effects could be by disabling APN in order to make browsing faster?

I moved from a 9000 and therefore am currently not pulling any hair out, as the browser is generally 3x faster on my torch than on my bold...but more faster can be better!
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Ok, so I disabled APN a week ago, and I do think browsing is slightly faster.

Now, since I climbed on-board, can someone please tell me what I am or could be missing by disabling APN? Not finding much clarity by googling, and would sure like to know if something could happen -- like next time I go travelling?
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you can always enable it later on. i dont have any issues with any of my apps at the moment.
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you can always enable it later on. i dont have any issues with any of my apps at the moment.
Yeah, neither am I -- just wondering what I am or could be missing by having APN disabled -- if anything....?
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I disable APN for a while, but apps like Twitter was not loading twitpics etc...
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Default Re: Does disable APN make your browsing faster?

I just found that several but not all youtube videos were playing. In Web Videos Search app I kept getting "player error: apn not set," which renminded me of disabling the apn settings. So when I reenabled and reset to default, I can now watch videos -- though browsing is a little bit slower. Anyone have this same issue with apn settings being disabled?
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Default Re: Does disable APN make your browsing faster?

So what is the purpose of APN?
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Default Re: Does disable APN make your browsing faster?

Found it.

What is APN?

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An Access Point Name (APN) identifies an external network that is accessible from a phone. It's kind of like a subnet for your phone, and the operator can define what (external networks/services) are available on each APN.

I've seen operators use multiple APNs to segment their network. So the Blackberry APN supports traffic only to the Blackberry service. All traffic using the Blackberry APN is routed via the RIM's network/servers (all RIM applications on your BB - BIS, BES, etc). The general GRPS APN doesn't go through RIM, which is why some Blackberry applications (Google Maps, mostnon-RIM IM programs etc) need to have the general GPRS APN configured - they don't work if their traffic goes to RIM so they're written to expect a generic GPRS connection.

Many operators also charge differently for services on different APNs as the "charging meters" spot/measure the different APNs in use. The rate per KB is typically different for BB vs. general GPRS.

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