Roaming on ATTWS with the Sony Ericsson GC82

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Notes:
a. Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager 3.1.1.1220** (not Cingular software)
b. Tested with GC82 firmware R3B9
c. Presumably also applies to Sony Ericsson GC83 and GC85
d. Presumably also applies to roaming on Cingular by ATTWS subscribers
e. Tested in Northern California

As a Cingular subscriber I occasionally find myself in a location where the
Cingular signal is poor and the ATTWS signal is significantly better. Because
my SIM is Homed on Cingular, and because it doesn't support ENS, normally it
will only roam on ATTWS when there isn't a usable Cingular signal, even if the
ATTWS signal is much better. There's nothing to be done about this with a
handset, because Cingular programs SIMs to disable network selection.
However, it *is* possible to force roaming on ATTWS with the GC82 (when can
make a big difference in speed) using the Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager
(configured properly for Cingular):

1. Click View -> Telephony Settings
2. Select Networks -> Current Network
3. Wait until Retrieve (next to Get the available networks) becomes enabled;
click on it; and then wait until Select a network is filled in
4. Uncheck Automatically choose a network for me
5. Select desired network
6. Click Apply, and wait until the SIM is updated and the operation completed.
7. Click View -> Status
8. Check selected network and signal strength
9. Check that GPRS appears (GPRS also appears when EDGE is available),
and that connection is then made

This will have to be done each time you want to make a network selection
because the Wireless Manager defaults back to automatic selection of the Home
network.

** In Global Support on the Sony Ericsson website
<http://www.sonyericsson.com/support>:

- GC82 and GC83 have Wireless Manager 3.0.1.1026
- GC85 has Wireless Manager 3.1.1.1220 (plus a later driver)

The later Wireless Manager and driver versions posted for the GC85 also
support the GC82 (and presumably the GC83).

--
Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws,alt.cellular.data,alt.cellular.ericsson (More info?)

    "John Navas" <spamfilter0@navasgroup.com> wrote in message
    news:MrBAd.15201$_3.175857@typhoon.sonic.net...
    > Notes:
    > a. Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager 3.1.1.1220** (not Cingular software)
    > b. Tested with GC82 firmware R3B9
    > c. Presumably also applies to Sony Ericsson GC83 and GC85
    > d. Presumably also applies to roaming on Cingular by ATTWS subscribers
    > e. Tested in Northern California
    >
    > As a Cingular subscriber I occasionally find myself in a location where
    > the
    > Cingular signal is poor and the ATTWS signal is significantly better.
    > Because
    > my SIM is Homed on Cingular, and because it doesn't support ENS, normally
    > it
    > will only roam on ATTWS when there isn't a usable Cingular signal, even if
    > the
    > ATTWS signal is much better. There's nothing to be done about this with a
    > handset, because Cingular programs SIMs to disable network selection.
    > However, it *is* possible to force roaming on ATTWS with the GC82 (when
    > can
    > make a big difference in speed) using the Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager
    > (configured properly for Cingular):
    >
    > 1. Click View -> Telephony Settings
    > 2. Select Networks -> Current Network
    > 3. Wait until Retrieve (next to Get the available networks) becomes
    > enabled;
    > click on it; and then wait until Select a network is filled in
    > 4. Uncheck Automatically choose a network for me
    > 5. Select desired network
    > 6. Click Apply, and wait until the SIM is updated and the operation
    > completed.
    > 7. Click View -> Status
    > 8. Check selected network and signal strength
    > 9. Check that GPRS appears (GPRS also appears when EDGE is available),
    > and that connection is then made
    >
    > This will have to be done each time you want to make a network selection
    > because the Wireless Manager defaults back to automatic selection of the
    > Home
    > network.
    >
    > ** In Global Support on the Sony Ericsson website
    > <http://www.sonyericsson.com/support>:
    >
    > - GC82 and GC83 have Wireless Manager 3.0.1.1026
    > - GC85 has Wireless Manager 3.1.1.1220 (plus a later driver)
    >
    > The later Wireless Manager and driver versions posted for the GC85 also
    > support the GC82 (and presumably the GC83).
    >
    > --
    > Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    > John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>

    Thanx John.

    Now if you could figure out some way to do this with a V400. <sigh>

    bamp
  2. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular (More info?)

    Gave the proceedure a test run today in here in New Orleans:

    > a. Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager 3.1.1.1220** (not Cingular software)

    Couldn't find WM1220 for GC85, used WM1026 for GC82/83. SE site says only
    difference in an '83 and '85 is that the GC85 is for Europe, thus may I
    assume no USA performance benefit in WM1220 vs 1026?.

    Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager seems a bit 'snappier' and appears to connect
    quicker than Cingular Connection Manager 3.0.71.0, but CCM is able to
    display signal strength in dBm -- a nifty benefit for this gearhead. I am
    able to easily switch between both programs.

    > b. Tested with GC82 firmware R3B9

    Sony Ericsson says "it is recommended that all modem users not running R4B9
    install this (firmware) update". OK, if you put it that way... so I updated
    to R4B9. No difference noted. Nothing exploded.

    > c. Presumably also applies to Sony Ericsson GC83 and GC85

    Test shows that it applies to a GC83 (mine).

    > 3. Wait until Retrieve (next to Get the available networks) becomes
    enabled; click on it; and then wait until Select a network is filled in

    I noticed that the only available alternate networks were "Cingular Extend".
    Do I understand correctly that this is a function of my having a 32K SIM in
    the GC83? Would obtaining a 64K SIM open any other doors? I was able to
    switch and connect to both alternate networks (alas, with poorer signal...
    NOLA was an early BellSouth Mobility market).

    I use my card to listen to streaming audio while driving across the Gulf
    South. So far I've been able carry a 32kb/s stream continuously, without
    significant dropout, from east of Lake Charles to the middle of Houston. I'm
    guessing that's a mostly seamless semi_high_speed data handoff between,
    what, 10-20 cell towers? For this old AM broadcast engineer, that's not bad
    network engineering.

    Thanks for your tips Mr. Navas.

    Paul E. Burt
    pburt can be found on provider bellsouth and it's net not com
  3. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular, alt.cellular.attws, alt.cellular.data, alt.cellular.ericsson (More info?)

    John,

    Here is what I have found with my GC83, originally bought from AT&T
    back in September:

    Notes:
    a. latest Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager(not AT&T software)
    b. Tested with GC83 firmware R3B9
    c. Tested in Connecticut and Boston, MA

    I can manually choose my network also. Most of the time, it will of
    course prefer the AT&T network, but I can manually switch whenever
    needed to Cingular. I've always been able to do this. I really like
    this modem -- it's the best I've had for data connectivity.

    Fortunately, all the towers that my GC83 has locked onto here in the
    northeast, have been EDGE-capable, and it really flies! I tried it out
    in New York City, and it found the AT&T network with no problems.

    The one trick to making this card work well, which I notice you have
    found also, is to use the Sony-Ericsson software, instead of the
    software supplied by the carrier company. The AT&T customer care rep I
    spoke to told me about this, and ever since I switched the program, I
    get solid, reliable internet.

    Robert Thoelen
    http://www.rtcubed.com
    RTCubed Consulting, LLC - "A High-Tech Company that Helps Businesses
    and
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    John Navas wrote:
    > Notes:
    > a. Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager 3.1.1.1220** (not Cingular
    software)
    > b. Tested with GC82 firmware R3B9
    > c. Presumably also applies to Sony Ericsson GC83 and GC85
    > d. Presumably also applies to roaming on Cingular by ATTWS
    subscribers
    > e. Tested in Northern California
    >
    > As a Cingular subscriber I occasionally find myself in a location
    where the
    > Cingular signal is poor and the ATTWS signal is significantly better.
    Because
    > my SIM is Homed on Cingular, and because it doesn't support ENS,
    normally it
    > will only roam on ATTWS when there isn't a usable Cingular signal,
    even if the
    > ATTWS signal is much better. There's nothing to be done about this
    with a
    > handset, because Cingular programs SIMs to disable network selection.
    > However, it *is* possible to force roaming on ATTWS with the GC82
    (when can
    > make a big difference in speed) using the Sony Ericsson Wireless
    Manager
    > (configured properly for Cingular):
    >
    > 1. Click View -> Telephony Settings
    > 2. Select Networks -> Current Network
    > 3. Wait until Retrieve (next to Get the available networks) becomes
    enabled;
    > click on it; and then wait until Select a network is filled in
    > 4. Uncheck Automatically choose a network for me
    > 5. Select desired network
    > 6. Click Apply, and wait until the SIM is updated and the operation
    completed.
    > 7. Click View -> Status
    > 8. Check selected network and signal strength
    > 9. Check that GPRS appears (GPRS also appears when EDGE is
    available),
    > and that connection is then made
    >
    > This will have to be done each time you want to make a network
    selection
    > because the Wireless Manager defaults back to automatic selection of
    the Home
    > network.
    >
    > ** In Global Support on the Sony Ericsson website
    > <http://www.sonyericsson.com/support>:
    >
    > - GC82 and GC83 have Wireless Manager 3.0.1.1026
    > - GC85 has Wireless Manager 3.1.1.1220 (plus a later driver)
    >
    > The later Wireless Manager and driver versions posted for the GC85
    also
    > support the GC82 (and presumably the GC83).
    >
    > --
    > Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    > John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>
  4. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.attws,alt.cellular.data,alt.cellular.ericsson (More info?)

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    In <1104416976.697122.173000@c13g2000cwb.googlegroups.com> on 30 Dec 2004
    06:29:36 -0800, "Bob" <shmget@msn.com> wrote:

    >Here is what I have found with my GC83, originally bought from AT&T
    >back in September:
    >...
    >I can manually choose my network also. Most of the time, it will of
    >course prefer the AT&T network, but I can manually switch whenever
    >needed to Cingular. I've always been able to do this. I really like
    >this modem -- it's the best I've had for data connectivity.

    Agreed.

    >Fortunately, all the towers that my GC83 has locked onto here in the
    >northeast, have been EDGE-capable, and it really flies! ...

    EDGE throughput is much better than I expected, both on downlink (typically
    18+ KBytes/sec) and uplink (typically 12+ KBytes/sec); i.e., better than ISDN,
    good enough to be my typical means of Internet access.

    >The one trick to making this card work well, which I notice you have
    >found also, is to use the Sony-Ericsson software, instead of the
    >software supplied by the carrier company. ...

    Indeed. Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager can even send and received SMS
    messages during an EDGE connection.

    --
    Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>
  5. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular (More info?)

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    In <xWKAd.373$qy.328@bignews3.bellsouth.net> on Wed, 29 Dec 2004 21:50:58
    -0600, "Paul E. Burt" <email@in.text> wrote:

    >Gave the proceedure a test run today in here in New Orleans:
    >
    >> a. Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager 3.1.1.1220** (not Cingular software)
    >
    >Couldn't find WM1220 for GC85, used WM1026 for GC82/83.

    WM1220 posted for GC85 works fine for GC82/83.

    >SE site says only
    >difference in an '83 and '85 is that the GC85 is for Europe, thus may I
    >assume no USA performance benefit in WM1220 vs 1026?.

    Can't say for sure (either way), but I personally think it generally makes
    sense to use the latest version.

    >Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager seems a bit 'snappier' and appears to connect
    >quicker than Cingular Connection Manager 3.0.71.0, but CCM is able to
    >display signal strength in dBm -- a nifty benefit for this gearhead. ...

    As always, YMMV -- I personally don't see any real benefit to that over the
    signal strength indicator. I'd much rather have robust operation free from
    any carrier interference.

    >> b. Tested with GC82 firmware R3B9
    >
    >Sony Ericsson says "it is recommended that all modem users not running R4B9
    >install this (firmware) update". OK, if you put it that way... so I updated
    >to R4B9. No difference noted. Nothing exploded.

    Where did you find that? It's not on the website now, and I've never seen
    R4B9 for the GC82.

    >> 3. Wait until Retrieve (next to Get the available networks) becomes
    >enabled; click on it; and then wait until Select a network is filled in
    >
    >I noticed that the only available alternate networks were "Cingular Extend".
    >Do I understand correctly that this is a function of my having a 32K SIM in
    >the GC83?

    My own SIM is 32K. I suspect this is just a matter of SIM programming and/or
    local networks; e.g., roaming partner other than ATTWS.

    >Would obtaining a 64K SIM open any other doors?

    I don't think so.

    >I use my card to listen to streaming audio while driving across the Gulf
    >South. So far I've been able carry a 32kb/s stream continuously, without
    >significant dropout, from east of Lake Charles to the middle of Houston. I'm
    >guessing that's a mostly seamless semi_high_speed data handoff between,
    >what, 10-20 cell towers? For this old AM broadcast engineer, that's not bad
    >network engineering.

    Agreed.

    >Thanks for your tips Mr. Navas.

    Thanks for your additional insights.

    --
    Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>
  6. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular (More info?)

    "John Navas" <spamfilter0@navasgroup.com> wrote in message
    news:F1gBd.15748$_3.181484@typhoon.sonic.net...

    > Where did you find that? It's not on the website now, and I've never seen
    > R4B9 for the GC82.

    Hmmm, I followed the link from your post and drilled down to SonyEricsson[US
    English] | Product Support | GC83 Support | Software | Drivers and Scripts.

    WARNING - as John observed, the SE site only has this listed for the GC83,
    _NOT_ for the GC82.

    Again, GC83 only...

    http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc=us&lc=en&ver=4000&template=ps1_1_3_2&zone=ps&lm=ps1_1&pid=10153

    Happy New Year to all

    Paul E. Burt
    New Orleans
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