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Old 09-29-2006, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been searching on here for hours, hopefully one of the gurus out here can answer this question. (I'm a techhead, but relative newbie to the Blackberry world)

I want to try Opera mini, Minuet, and other web-based apps on my 7290 (using BIS, no BES). If i input the voicestream apn under my TCP advanced options, do I screw up anything else (email, built-in browser, etc)? Are there security or privacy problems? Also, can I undo this later by deleting the voicestream apn from the TCP options?

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I have the unlimited BB plan with tmo. i entered

APN: wap.voicestream.net
username: my tmo login (web)
password: my tmo password (web)

once i set it up, i can use the opera mini, and other apps like BBWeather.

I *remember* the opera would not work if i did not put the username and password.

the best thing is to contact TMO and talk with the tier 1 or 2 data support and they should be able to give you the correct setting.
by the way, i tried the internet2.voicestream.com and it does not work
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I think the question was HOW does the APN (Access Point Name) work - not what it is.

Also, you do not need to specify a userid and password. Just the name wap.voicestream.com
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Thanks, guys. Yeah, I'm wondering how it works (esp. affecting security/privacy) and if it screws up any existing settings, like for email and the built-in browser (and if APN can be turned off later)

I saw in previous posts that you don't usually need a username and password. Actually, I don't think I ran across any examples where you did, usually just needed "wap.voicestream.com" in the APN field. Anyone know any exceptions?

BTW, I'm on t-mo, BB minutes and mail plan (unlimited data, 1000 minutes per month) ... no BES activation. Since it's for my personal use (credit card billings, utilities, family, friends), I was most interested in it's ability to use SSL in emailing. But I'd like to use secure web-browsing. Heard Minuet is good for that, but slow, since it doesn't use a middleman server (which Opera Mini does). Both those apps require the APN port activated with "wap.voicestream.com" (whatever that is!)
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It does not screw up any settings. Does not impact e-mail in any way. It allows you use the T-Mobile (or other carrier) Internet infrastructure for TCP services so some third party apps (like Opera and BB Weather) access the Internet.

Voicestream is the predecessor of T-Mobile and the name of that server has been around for years and years.
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awesome, thanks! I'm giving these browsers a try, as well as bblocal. J-E-T-S jets jets jets
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Hey - at 2-1 I am thrilled. Going Sunday. I just want them to be competitive...
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Yeah, I feel 4 u on that one. Hard luck team last couple years. Where's Vinnie and Parcells when you need 'em? And to think, you guys had Belicheck as coach, but like only for one day. Jets aint boring, that's for sure, how can anyone not like em ...

Just entered the APN address (wap.voicestream.com) to test out this minuet demo. SLOW, then again I should just give it permission to make all http connections. Like the saying goes, just cause you're paranoid doesn't mean you're wrong. Just ask anyone who works at HP!
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