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Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by mamba(m): 8:43pm On Apr 25, 2005
This is my very first thread so far and I was motivated to write this lengthy post because of my old school friend I met 3 days ago.

[I]The following dialogue ensued between us on April 22nd 2004 at exactly 9:30am[/I]

Mamba- Ol'boy! Wetin dey happen now? Long time no see.

Oldschoolfriend- Omo I dey o! How things now?

Mamba-[/b]Not bad o! Menn you're looking fresh O! BTW, what's that you're holding?

[b]Oldschoolfriend-[/b]It's my phone, I bought it last month for 100k, it’s a Nokia 9500 communicator, probably the best phone in town now.

[b]Mamba-[/b]Yeah! The phone's good, I know a guy that just bought it recently and has even written a review about it ([I]the guy knows himself, I’m sure he's going to be laughing now, his name's a 3 letter word that starts with A and ends with A[/I]) and says it's good. Have you seen my new phone? It’s a sonyericsson p910i, I’m sure it's going to kick your Nokia 9500's butts function wise.

[b]Oldschoolfriend-[/b]Haba! How can you be comparing Sonyericsson with Nokia, my phone's better than yours.

[I]All of a sudden, the Nokia ring tone starts blaring, he picks up the call and was like Hello, yeah, ehn ehn!, ok, ok, yea and he hangs up and conversation continues.[/I]

[b]Mamba-[/b]What was that call all about?

[b]Oldschoolfriend-[/b]I just got an info that an important e-mail has just been sent to my inbox, I gotta go check it ASAP, Lets look for the nearest Cyber cafe.

[I]Meanwhile the nearest Cyber is like 25km away.[/I]

[b]Mamba-[/b]Omo! The nearest Cyber is like 25km away O! But you got your communicator, why can’t you check your e-mail via your celli?

[b]Oldschoolfriend-[/b]WHAT Check your e-mail via your [I]Celli[/I], never heard of that.

[b]Mamba-[/b]What line are you using?

[b]Oldschoolfriend-[/b]MTN

[b]Mamba-[/b]Ok then, you can check it on my p910i, I use glomobile.

[I]Mamba brings out his p910i, unhooks the stylus, opens the QWERTY keyboard flip and starts browsing to yahoo mail, Oldschoolfriends jaw drops, eye popping out of socket with mouth ajar. Within 30secs, Oldschoolfriend's yahoo inbox was showing the newly received e-mail[/I]

[I]Conversation continues[/I]

[b]Oldschoolfriend-[/b]I never knew you could do that on a [I]Celli[/I]?

[b]Mamba-[/b]Well, it's possible as you've seen but just that many Nigerians are ignorant, they buy the most expensive high end phones, aka smart phones, just like my Oldschoolfriend and never put it to real work, a cell phone is much more useful than for making & receiving calls alone

[b]END OF STORY


So therefore, if you are like my Oldschoolfriend and need to know more about Wap and mms/gprs, read on or visit HERE

What is Wap?
wap simply means wireless application protocol which is a service offered by GSM operators that enables you to browse wap/web sites on your mobile phone. Wap can be offered via CSD or GPRS.

What is MMS?
MMS simply means multimedia message which is an enhanced messaging service that operates via GPRS which allows you to send multimedia contents such as long/extended text, pictures, ring tones, greeting cards, voice recordings, short videos, scribbles, word documents and any other attachments of any form below 100kb from one phone to another or from a phone to an e-mail address.

How do I activate/use wap in Nigeria?
Wap is offered by virtually all the GSM operators in Nigeria.
Globacom is the only network offering GPRS Wap & MMS in Nigeria while MTN and Vmobile offers CSD which is a very expensive alternative without MMS.
For the purpose of interested users, I’ll advise you use glo which is more pocket friendly with free MMS inclusive till September, glo gprs will be our basis of discussion and will urge you to check HERE for more information about MTN and Vmobile CSD.

glomobile Wap/MMS activation
This service operates via GPRS and new users whom wants to subscribe have to call glo customer service on 121 to request for activation, your mobile number & handset make/model will be requested in order for your SIM to be provisioned for the service which may take between 2 to 6 days after which an MMS online password number is sent to you which confirms your successful activation.
After activation, you will need to input the glo Wap settings on your handset via OTA configuration by sending an SMS written in the format

1-Activate wap (handset make) (handset model) then send to 927 for wap settings
2-Activate wap (handset make) (handset model) then send to 667 for mms settings

E.g. I use a sonyericsson p910i handset, therefore I’ll write a message as follows

Activate wap sonyericsson p910i and send to 927

Activate mms sonyericsson p910i and send to 667

A confirmation SMS will be sent to you followed by an Autoconfig message which should be saved on your handset. Most common wap/mms enabled handset brands such as Nokia, Sonyericsson & Samsung settings are available via OTA config, in a case whereby your handset settings is not available via glo OTA you will have to enter the settings manually yourself, it's quite easy to do, please check here for required info Gosmartmobile

Getting started after activation
A bookmark with Wap address http://wap.gloworld.com is usually sent inclusive in the OTA config by glo to your phone, this is globacom wap homepage & there are links to some useful sites such as Yahoo!, MSN & esato on this site.
Globacom currently charges 70kobo/kb of data sent or received via wap for prepaid and 35kobo/kb peak or 20kobo/kb offpeak for postpaid subscribers; this means that accessing a wap page which is of 2kb size will cost you as follows

Prepaid 70kobo/kb x 2kb= =N=1:40

Peak Postpaid 35kobo/kb x 2kb= 70kobo

Off-peak Postpaid 20kobo/kb x 2kb= 40kobo

Most regular wap pages are below 4kb.

Useful tips that can save you money when using wap

Turn off images- it is advisable to turn off images from your handset internet settings so as to save on your gprs bills; some images on some wapsites are even larger in size than the main contents of the site itself.

Use bookmarks- bookmark sites you visit regularly to avoid viewing unnecessary multiple pages. Give these bookmarks names you can remember always.

Enable cookies- I guess we all know what this means, check internet settings.

Avoid WWW sites- these are internet sites that are very large in size and can put holes in your pocket, these sites can be as large as 50kb at times so watch out.

View wapsites on your PC before accessing it on your phone- Most wapsites can be viewed on your PC with Opera web/wap browser and there are websites that offer wap emulators online, an example of such site is http://www.wapsilon.com after viewing and testing the site online and it's worthy of your regular usage, bookmark on your handset.

NAIRALAND VIA WAP
Of course, nairaland can be viewed with your wap enabled phone and you can do majority of what you can do on the website via your PC on your mobile, though some functions might be limited.
To view nairaland on your phone, bookmark the wapsite http://wap2.nairaland.com/ enjoy...

Useful wapsites with info about them.

wap.my-symbian.com
This site is filled with useful information about most symbian phones plus loads of free softwares for your phone

wap.esato.com
sonyericsson forum, there’s a Nigerian forum in there called Proudly Nigerian Forum

wap.getjar.com
free java applications and others

uk.mm.yahoo.com
yahoo messenger via wap

tagtag.com/site/wapdir/wmldir.php?seshid=ad0537143a73fe7c3ca8a004deebdbf8
full list of wap directories in tagtag, loads of free stuffs.

wap.e-messenger.net
MSN/Hotmail chat via wap

wap.google.com
google search engine

wap.google.com/wml?hl=en&wmlmode=wml
mobile web search engine

wap.pocketdoctor.co.uk
information about diseases and treatment.

wap.gemal.dk
Browserspy - gives you a lot of information about your current device (IP etc). Great for developers [WAP1 | HTML]

quotesheaven.com/wap
Quotes Heaven - Historical quotes from a range of categories (famous, inspirational etc.) [WAP1]

yeswap.com
Wap Portal - 240+ tested and catergorized sites [WAP1 | HTML]

dictionary.reference.com/wireless/index.wml
look up any (english) word and get a detailed explanation [WAP1]

wapall.com
WAP search engine [WAP1]


mopilot.com/wml/search.wml
WAP Search Engine [WAP1]

wap.ithaki.net
Ithaki WAP Meta Search - WAP search engine [WAP1]

wap.dhl.com
Track your DHL packages. [WAP1 | HTML]

polyphonicringtonez.com/wap
Many free polyphonic MIDIs [WAP1]

Feel free to add to this thread or send me a PM for more information about wap while I keep updating you with info about more sites
CHEERS!! cool
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by Seun(m): 1:29am On Apr 26, 2005
Mamba,

I love nice, informative threads like this one. Well done!
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by Angelgirl(f): 7:51am On Apr 26, 2005
Welldone Mamba! Can you try http://mob.e-messenger.net/mobile/ for MSN/Hotmail Messenger and find out the difference with the one given above.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by delarontus(f): 8:39am On Apr 26, 2005
Mamba good job! I feel ashamed of patronising operators like MTN. If Globacom had not come onto the scene, they would still be selling us cheap lies like psb is not possible till 2007.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by dominobaby(f): 9:29am On Apr 26, 2005
Mamba, I am quite impressed by this thread. Thumbs up! You have so beautifully explained this whole stuff. Glo should do something for you o! cos this is such a good ad, in educating or enlightening people of the whole lot of possibilities that comes your way with a glo line. If you ask me, glo has got something of so much importance and worth but their ad is not just enuf or rather the good word has not been properly/effectively spread. Trust MTN if it were them!
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by Angelgirl(f): 9:59am On Apr 26, 2005
Mamba, if I were Glo, I would copy the scene between you and your Oldschool friends and act it out especially in vernacular or pidgin english, but that would be copyright, maybe they will make you their advertising manager for the inspiration.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by AYA: 1:16pm On Apr 27, 2005
:lol: :lol: :lol:

@mamba: That your friend is a dinosaur!
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by axeprince(m): 5:02pm On Apr 27, 2005
HELP!!!

Abeg make una no vex with me ooo, I just dey wake up.

I am on Vmobile...is there any hope of our using WAP on our network too?

Please let me know.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by dominobaby(f): 6:13pm On Apr 27, 2005
I feel you axeprince. I equally use Vmobile and keep wondering if we will ever enjoy all these. Hope I (we) don't turn into wonderers ... rolleyes
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by eolutosin(m): 8:55am On Apr 28, 2005
Well, I would rather suggest that you pick up a Glo line in the meantime. I don't see any reason why you should keep on waiting for something that you are not sure would on soon. So, my friend, pick up a Glo line fast and start to 'Glo with Pride'.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by Seun(m): 9:17am On Apr 28, 2005
Eolutosin, are you being paid by Glo Mobile Nigeria based on the number of times you mention 'Glo' in the forum? grin Why don't you share your wealth? tongue

I know a proud MTEL user. He cannot browse, he cannot reliably send and recieve SMS. But he doesn't know what he's missing apart from wap2.nairaland.com and wap.nairaland.com! And he knows that his phone can last for a month when he buys a 1,000 naira card.

You Glo Mobile WAP or Glo Direct users need to convince the rest of us that we are missing something. You need to tell us stories about how you are using your 2.5 G network to solve real problems. Spare us the talk about rongtones, logos, and picture MMS. Let's talk about serious things that can make the average phone user bear the additional expense. Maybe in a new discussion.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by AYA: 11:53am On Apr 28, 2005
Well, I wont encourage you to jump without looking. On paper, Glo looks great. In reality, their GPRS leaves a lot to be desired.

Everyone here knows I have blown Glo's horn for them, but it is getting clear that they are only playing games. I can list more than 10 places in Lagos where Glo GPRS has not worked since Adam, and a few more where it does not work now.

As it is, I have made it clear to them that I am switcying back to MTN if things dont change by 1st May. At least MTN's internet services work with a certain consistency, from years of experience.

We may have praised Glo enough. Time to make them keep their word or sink.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by delarontus(f): 4:42pm On Apr 28, 2005
Does MTN provide internet services to its subscribers?
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by Seun(m): 5:04pm On Apr 28, 2005
They don't provide SMS or WAP dating services. MTN is not in a better position to launch an Internet dating service than Nairaland or any other organization.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by mamba(m): 6:48pm On May 01, 2005
I've been trying to post via wap but it seems to be impossible on Nairaland, anybody tried it?
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by Seun(m): 6:49pm On May 01, 2005
Login first. http://wap2.nairaland.com The wap version doesn't support posting.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by mamba(m): 6:52pm On May 01, 2005
Ok, I guess it's working cos my previous post plus this too were via wap. Been outa town for sometime now and glad to be back.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by delarontus(f): 7:41pm On May 01, 2005
Seun, the question i asked was 'does MTN provide internet services to its subscribers?' The reason is because of AYA's statement that MTN's internet is consistent.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by mamba(m): 8:29pm On May 01, 2005
delarontus:

Seun, the question I asked was 'does MTN provide internet services to its subscribers?' The reason is because of AYA's statement that MTN's internet is consistent.
If you read my first post in this thread you'll see where I talked about MTN and Vmobile CSD with a link to AYA's site where you can get the CSD settings if you're interested. I must warn you that it's quite expensive sha
The major problem with glo is the lack of CSD which could have supplemented GPRS.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by Mario(m): 1:24pm On May 02, 2005
I feel welcomed even if nobody told me. I am glade to join in again on nairaland.
Mamba, that was a beautiful scene or should I call it "JOKE" lol. maybe u should make it an advert for them, they will pay u well 4 it
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by dominobaby(f): 10:11am On May 03, 2005
Hey! Welcome Mario! At least you got one person to welcome you. cheesy
Enjoy!
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by mamba(m): 10:34am On May 03, 2005
One of our regular guys on this forum whom has a glodirect contract with glo has decided to ditch glo because of their lack of respect for customers using this platform.

I must say that I'm probably gonna follow suit cos I just noticed that their service is really epileptic.

GPRS is now off at my end and I'm beginning to think glo's falling short in this department.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by dominobaby(f): 10:59am On May 03, 2005
oh ow! rolleyes
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by Angelgirl(f): 11:54am On May 03, 2005
I will find out about all these allegations against glo when i recharge my account, but please lets not be in a hurry to crucify glo! Businesses pass through bad times, and since they know that their business improved because of GPRS, if ts down now, i believe they are doing something about it, and when it is back, then customers deserve an apology and some free GPRS, lets not forget we have been enjoying it for a while now, have anyone tried calling customercare to find out what wrong?, on second thoughts, i wont recharge my Glo account until i get information that all is well (counting on the glo users here).
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by mamba(m): 1:53pm On May 03, 2005
Was it really off or I got disconnected due to my credit getting exhausted??

I loaded credit, restarted my phone and the service is back up.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by henryskywalker2003(m): 9:25pm On May 03, 2005
i love the megatons of useful information you post.keep it up
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by AYA: 4:46pm On May 05, 2005
@angel: I have called customer care every other day for 4 weeks now. No explanations. Watery apologies. You work with an ISP, I believe. How does the thought of 4 weeks' downtime strike you? Simply unacceptable in this day and age.

There is no doubt that Glo is not living up to expectations in the delivery of GPRS services. I have been around Lagos trying out their service and the results are plain disastrous.

Where GPRS works, it works well, but at other places whre it doesn't - or does epileptically - you don't want to hang around.

I have picked up my Glo line back after being persuaded that their engineers are at work on my case. But the million dollar question is, "How about the scores of locations in and outside of Lagos that the thing also leaves a sour taste in the mouth?"

But let no-one think that by using my Glo line again this "war" is over. I have only changed tactics. I intend to see to it that they keep their word or simply stop making those fraudulent claims of "always-on internet access anywhere, anytime". I will draw upon every resource at my disposal - the media, NCC, my networks - to see to it.

The way it is, I already have nothing to lose. Our operators must be made to realise that we simply won't stand for somethings. Nothing personal.

It may be a long drawn war, but the subscribers will come out shining.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by mamba(m): 5:41pm On May 08, 2005
AYA, I feel you and I'm quite disappointed with glo and their nature of service.
glo should have implemented CSD in order to supplement it's gprs for the service to be available where there's no gprs coverage.

I've been in Akure for the past 3 days and gprs is not functioning there at all..
hence their claims of "always-on internet access anywhere, anytime" is false..
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by AYA: 9:56am On May 09, 2005
@mamba: Exactly.

I have been calling for CSD as backup on GloMobile for a long time. Don't know whether they listen, and really don't care. Its their loss at the end of the day.

If MTN comes out with GPRS or EDGE right now (and it performs better), I ditch Glo GPRS - no shaking, since I already have an MTN line.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by mamba(m): 11:02pm On May 10, 2005
Well, i don't think MTN has plans for gprs cos they seem to be concentrating on increasing their subscriber base and expanding network.

Vmobile should be the one to wait for.
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by timba(m): 10:53pm On May 23, 2005
What an informative thread. Seems like most of the people on this forum have been reading my mind about having a CSD option for Glo Mobile Internet.

Vmobile has both CSD and currently, GPRS option (did you know that?). I have a friend who works in Vmobile and he confirmed that they do have GPRS connectivity now. I don't know if it's gone public though.

I don't know if you guys have noticed this. After impressing my friends with the wonderful Glo Mobile Internet service, one of them decided to go get a line and as I'm speaking, there's nothing he hasn't tried to get his line provisioned. He's even been to the Glo World Friendship Center (or whatever they call it). It seems like it's only those of us who got in early are still enjoying the service. Same with my uncle! He's not been able to provision his line. I really do think these Glo guys need to sit up!!!! angry Why all the promises and then you cannot deliver? I term this incompetence!
Re: Useful WAP/MMS tips on Glo plus everything you need to know by dominobaby(f): 9:02am On May 24, 2005
timba:

Vmobile has both CSD and currently, GPRS option (did you know that?). I have a friend who works in Vmobile and he confirmed that they do have GPRS connectivity now. I don't know if it's gone public though.

Please oo, i am waiting for Vmobile's Gprs to be active. I've got a couple of friends who have some models of Sagem and also using Vmobile, Gprs shows on their phones.
Just sincerely wish that their services will be one we would enjoy and not endure.

Timba, an update on this information will be appreciated.

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