How to Activate GPRS

GPRS (Global Packet Radio Service) is a packet-based method of data transfer, used for wireless services on cellular phones and mobile Internet devices. This means that data files are broken into chunks, or packets, to be routed through different Internet channels, then are put together again to form the complete data file once they reach their destination location. With GPRS, data transfers at a much faster rate than with mobile communication services, and those using GPRS have uninterrupted Internet connections on all of their mobile devices. GPRS services enable MP3 downloads, videos, games, wallpapers, animations and more. Each mobile service provider has different guidelines for activating GPRS, so follow the method appropriate to your provider. Mobile phone SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) cards sometimes come with the GPRS capabilities already activated, but if your SIM is not equipped with GPRS, you will have to opt-in to GPRS services. Follow the steps below for how to activate GPRS.


Determine that you have a phone with a SIM card that is equipped for Global Packet Radio Service. You cannot activate GPRS on a phone that is not programmed for GPRS services. If you do not have the correct type of phone and/or SIM card, you will have to get a new one.

Enroll in a mobile service provider plan that is GPRS compatible. GPRS is available in over 200 countries. Shop around for a mobile phone service that provides GPRS and GPRS-equipped phones.

Contact your service provider and ask for instructions. The customer care department should be able to guide you through the steps necessary to activate GPRS services on your phone. The activation process generally requires 1 of the following 3 steps:
Calling your provider's automated GPRS activation service using the appropriate number code.
Sending an SMS (Short Message Service) or text message to activate GPRS. The message text will be a number or code word that your service provider can give you.
Accessing GPRS services settings through a menu on your mobile phone. Once your service provider gives you instructions to guide you to the appropriate menu, you can control the GPRS services settings on your phone, and sometimes access GPRS applications, depending on your service provider and the mobile telephone model you are using.

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