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Completing Your iPhone / iPhone 3G / iPhone 3GS Activation (GSM Only)

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Last updated by Isabel M

Follow these directions to complete activation for the for all GSM iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G devices.

These directions were designed for devices running iOS 8 or later but should work for these devices though the settings might be in slightly different locations.

Note : Visual voicemail, wifi calling and group messaging are only available for iOS devices that can update to iOS 10 or higher.

 

1. Reset APN to Default

Before beginning these directions, insert your activated Ting GSM X1 SIM card.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Cellular.
  4. Tap Cellular Data Network. If you don't see this setting, then the phone is not unlocked and you need to get in touch with your previous carrier.
  5. Scroll down to Reset Settings and tap.

2. Add Ting Data & MMS APN Settings

To set the Access Point Name (APN) and make sure that data and MMS messaging are working on your device, follow these the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap General
  3. Make sure that Wi-Fi is disabled.
  4. Tap Cellular.
  5. Make sure that 3G Data is enabled.
  6. Tap Cellular Data Network. If you don't see this setting, then the phone is not unlocked and you need to get in touch with your previous carrier.
  7. Under CELLULAR DATA:
    • Tap the APN field
    • Enter wholesale
    • Leave the Username and Password blank
  8. Under MMS:
  9. Under INTERNET TETHERING:
    • Tap the APN field
    • Enter wholesale
  10. Tap the back icon on the top left of the screen until you're back on the main Settings screen in order to save the APN settings.
  11. Press the Home button to exit to the main screen.
  12. Restart the phone.
  13. Check that you're able to browse the Internet in Safari and that you can send a picture/video/group message.
2. Add Ting Data & MMS APN Settings

 

 

MMS Messaging Support

Picture, video and group messaging (or mms messaging) will all work on iOS devices on the GSM network, however it will be limited in the following ways:

  • Picture, video and group messaging cannot be enabled or disabled through the control panel. It is enabled by default.
  • MMS or group messaging settings may not show up on your device and can't be updated or changed.
  • Group MMS messages may be received as SMS messages.
  • Group messages sent to both Android and iOS devices will show up on as individual messages for all recipients and responses will come back in separate message threads.
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    Julie Black

    Step 1 1/2: Hit General.

    It sounds like you wrote this using a newer version of iOS. The 3GS will only run iOS6.

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    Isabel M

    Thanks for the catch, Julie. Updated!

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    Andrew Daniels

    The only difference between the above and what I find on my iPhone 3GS is that the "Personal Hotspot" section is called "Internet Tethering."

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    manfried Tsumib

    I just want to know, after back to the main settings do i reset to save the apn.

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    manfried Tsumib

    I just want to know, after back to the main settings do i reset to save the apn.

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    R. Bryce Wong

    Hi Manfried,

    It saves automatically but I would suggest doing a reset (or power cycle) just so that the phone can log into the network again with the APN settings in place.

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