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How to fix your mobile APN connectivity problems

Configuring your Internet settings for your new mobile or tablet doesn't have to be a stress with our handy guide to Australian mobile network APN settings.

When you drop a new SIM into a mobile phone, tablet or laptop, what should happen is that the SIM card should hook into your mobile provider's network and pull down the settings it needs to work optimally on your carrier.

In many cases, all you need to do to enable your phone's calling, messaging and Internet features is drop in a new SIM, and possibly do a single reboot of the device to be up and running.

But what if it doesn't work? That's when you need to know the APN settings for your carrier, and how to apply them to a given device. We've listed the APN (and associated MMS and data settings) for each Australian carrier below, as well as how to apply them to a range of popular devices.

Apple iPhone/iPad users

Head to the Settings app, then to Cellular, then to Cellular Network. That's where you can enter or alter the existing APN information for your device. In some cases you may find these details blocked out by your carrier. In that case, your best bet would be to contact your carrier with your precise device type and problem, because if they're not going to let you fix the problem manually, it very much does come down to their support to do so.

Bear in mind that the ability to access mobile networks won't be present if you're using an iPad that only has Wi-Fi connectivity, because there's no facility to add a SIM card to those devices.

Android users

The exact naming varies a little by Android device type, but typically open up Settings, then Connections, then Mobile Networks and finally Access Point Names. From there you should be able to adjust the existing registered APNs as well as add new details as needed.


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Australian APN settings

Like most matters relating to technology, accuracy is crucial, so correctly connecting involves adding the correct details in each case.

Telstra

Telstra's settings also apply to customers of Boost Mobile, although for other MVNOs on the Telstra Wholesale network, such as Woolworths Mobile or ALDImobile, see below.

Telstra APN settingsInternet dataMMS
NameTelstraTelstra
APNtelstra.waptelstra.mms
Proxy
Port
Username
Password
MMSChttp://mmsc.telstra.com:8002
MMS Proxy10.1.1.180
MMS Port80
MMS ProtocolWAP 2.0
MCC505505
MNC11
Authentication TypePAP
APN Typedefault,suplmms

Telstra also provides extensive support for getting mobile devices online from its own site.

Telstra MVNOs

Telstra's MVNO carriers, such as Woolworths Mobile, ALDImobile and others, use "parts" of the Telstra 3G and 4G network, and that means that different APN settings are required:

Telstra MVNOs (ALDImobile, Woolworths Mobile, Cmobile Blue)
Name: Mobile DataMobile Data
APN:mdata.net.au
Proxy:(leave blank)
Port:(leave blank)
Username:(leave blank)
Password:(leave blank)
Server:(leave blank)
MMSC:http://mmsc.mdata.net.au:8003
MMS proxy:10.1.1.180
MMS port:80
MMS Protocol:WAP 2.0
MCC:505
MNC:1
Authentication: (leave blank)(leave blank)
APN type:default,dun,supl,mms

Optus

Optus advises that if you're using an iPhone or BlackBerry device you shouldn't need to adjust your APN settings as these are handled as part of the carrier setup process on any new device. For other devices, if you're having issues, check that your APN settings match the settings below:

Optus APN settings
Name: Optus Internet
APN: internet (If data is not working, use: yesinternet)
4G APN: yesinternet (requires compatible plan/device)
APN Type: Internet or blank
Username: Not set or blank
Password: Not set or blank
Server: Not set or blank
MMS Protocol (For Android 2.1 or higher): WAP 2.0
MMSC: Not set or blank
MMS Proxy: Not set or blank
MMS Port: Not set or blank
MCC: 505
MNC: 02
Authentication Type: PAP (or CHAP on some devices incl. Mac OS-X)

Optus widely wholesales its network, which means that these APN settings may also apply to customers on other Optus-based services such as amaysim, although it's worth checking with your MVNO, as many advise that simply adding the APN name should be enough to enable Internet services.

Vodafone

Vodafone's APN settings vary a little depending on whether you're accessing via a smartphone or simply a feature phone.

Vodafone Internet Smartphone settings
NameVF WEB
APNlive.vodafone.com
MCC505
MNC3
APN Typedefault

If you're using a feature phone, your primary need for APN settings is to enable TXT/PXT features. Here are the details you need if your phone isn't working:

Vodafone feature/WAP phone settings
NameVF WAP
APNlive.vodafone.com
Proxy10.202.2.60
Port8080

If your only concern is accessing PXT/MMS services, here are the details you'll need:

Vodafone PXT/MMS settings
NameVodafone AU-MMS
APNlive.vodafone.com
MMSChttps://pxt.vodafone.net.au/pxtsend
MMS Proxy10.202.2.60
MMS Port8080
MCC505
MNC3
APN typemms

If you're using a Vodafone-supplied pocket Wi-Fi router device, the only setting you should need is the APN, which is live.vodafone.com.

Vodafone also provides a facility for APN settings to be automatically configured for many popular phones, which you can find here.

If you're on a Vodafone-based MVNO such as Kogan Mobile, those same APN settings will generally apply, but if you do hit trouble, it's worth checking directly with your carrier to see if there's a smaller tweak required to get your services up and running smoothly.

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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    TusharApril 6, 2018

    HI I can not get mms in lycamobile Australia. I use a Cat s60 handset Android ( thermal camera handset) and I have tried 8 types of APN settings all do not work. please advise what are the APN settings as the guy who sold me sim says he is using it on Lyca mobile
    Desperate seeking help

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniApril 6, 2018Staff

      Hi Tushar,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having a hard time working on your CAT S60 handset.

      For APN settings, you may check the process in Lycamobile’s website.

      Please follow instructions below about the MMS settings.

      -Scroll to and select Settings
      -Select More
      -Select Mobile networks
      -Select Public and Access point names
      -Select the Menu button
      -Select Reset to default
      (Your phone will reset to default Internet and MMS settings. MMS problems should be solved at this point.)

      Please continue the guide if you still cannot send/receive MMS.

      -Select New APN
      -Enter MMS information
      -Scroll down and enter MMS information
      -Select the Menu button
      -Select Save

      Your phone has now been set up to MMS

      I hope this helps.

      Have a great day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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