Connecting your Palm OS™ device to the internet using your Voicestream infrared-equipped mobile phone
(Nokia 8290, 8890, Ericsson I888, Motorola L7089, etc.)


iStream/GPRS setup information: Motorola P280 • Ericsson T39m/Palm/Bluetooth • T39/iPAQ


10/10/01 UPDATE:  
The DNS listed below, 208.14.205.5 seems to be offline.  Please use 65.161.188.100 instead.

01/20/02 UPDATE:
For the Motorola P280 phone, use the initialization string AT&F;+CBST=71,0,1 for ISDN (913) access


Voicestream subscribers can connect their Palm OS™ device to the internet without needing a subscription to an ISP!  Simply follow these directions.

Note: "Data services" must be enabled on your account.  Data use will consume the regular voice minutes of your normal monthly allotment.  Optionally, you can purchase "Datastream", for an extra bucket of data minutes.    See the links section for information on connecting a Palm OS™ device to other GSM phones via cable.

Click here to configure Palm OS™ 3.1 devices.

Click here to configure Palm OS™ 3.5 devices.

Recommended internet/communications software  •  Tips for getting data enabled without DataStream

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Palm OS™ 3.1 Devices
(Handspring Visor, Visor Deluxe, older Palms)

Step 1

Download the enhanced IR library from Palm at http://www.palm.com/support/downloads/irenhanc.html

(You might have to follow this link instead: http://www.palm.com/support/downloads/irenhanc.zip)

VERY IMPORTANT:  For Handspring users, install ONLY SerialIrPnl.prc and SerIrCommLib.prc. 
Installing the other files on a Handspring will cause your device to totally lock up and require a hard reset!

Palm users can install all the files.  See the readme file for more details.


Step 2

Go to "Prefs" in your System folder, then select "Serial/IR" from the dropdown menu.  Select "Infrared"


Step 3

Select "Network" in the dropdown menu.  Press the "Menu" silkscreen button, then pick "Service..." followed by New.  Configure as follows:

Service:     VSTR Wireless (or whatever you want to name it)
Username: (Put in a space)
Password: (Put in a space)
Phone:       19132440821 (Connecticut subscribers might have to use 12034349933)

It should look like this:


Step 4

Tap "Details..." and enter the following:

Connection type: PPP
Idle timeout:        3 Minutes
Query DNS        (unchecked)
Primary DNS:     208.14.205.5
Secondary DNS: leave blank
IP Address         (checked, automatic)

It should look like this:

Then tap "OK"


Step 5

Select "Modem" from the dropdown menu.  Adjust the settings as follows:

Modem:   Custom
Speed:     57,600
Speaker:  Low
Flow Ctl: Automatic
Country:  Other (Very important!)
String:      AT&F+CBST=71,0,1;&W 

Note: For connecting to a regular ISP use the string "AT&FX4" ("standard" modem), then put in your ISP's information in Steps 3 and 4.


You're all done and ready to go!  Simply enable infrared on your phone (on a Nokia press MENU 9), line up the infrared ports on the PDA and mobile phone, go to "Network" in Prefs, and tap "Connect"!


Palm OS™ 3.5 Devices
(Handspring Platinum, Prism, and Edge, newer Palms, Sony Clié)

Step 1

Go to Prefs in your System folder.  Select "Connection" from the dropdown menu.  Tap "New" and adjust as follows:

Name:         ISDN (or anything you like, I called mine Nokia 8290 ISDN)
Connection: IrCOMM to Modem
    Method
Dialing:        TouchTone
Volume:      Off


Step 2

Tap "Details" and set as follows:

Speed:      57,600
Flow Ctl:  Automatic
Init String: AT&F+CBST=71,0,1;&W

Note: For connecting to a regular ISP use the string "AT&FX4", then put in your ISP's information in Steps 3 and 4.

Tap "OK" then tap "OK" again


Step 3

Select "Network"; enter the following:

Service:       Voicestream
Username:   (enter a space)
Password:   (enter a space)
Connection: (select the connection you created in Step 1; mine is called Nokia 8290 ISDN)
Phone:         19132440821 (Connecticut subscribers might have to use 12034349933)



Step 4

Tap "Details..." and enter the following:

Connection type: PPP
Idle timeout:        3 Minutes
Query DNS        (unchecked)
Primary DNS:     208.14.205.5
Secondary DNS: leave blank
IP Address         (checked, automatic)

Tap "OK".

You're all done and ready to go!  Simply enable infrared on your phone (on a Nokia press MENU 9), line up the infrared ports on the PDA and mobile phone, go to "Network" in Prefs, and tap "Connect"!



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