APN Settings to Run BSNL 3G/MTNL 3G on iPhone & iPad

by Mayur on September 23, 2010

in iPad, iPhone

If you want to run Internet via BSNL/MTNL 3G service on iPhone 3G/3GS/iPhone 4 or iPad in India, then you may need to configure the network settings of your device before accessing the net. Also, iPhone 4 and Apple iPad supports micro SIM card, so first you’ve to chop down your normal Sim card either manually or using a Sim cutter.

iphone_safari         ipad_3g

To set APN for BSNL 3G on iPhone & iPad, open Settings > General > Network. Under Network Settings, open Cellular Data Network and set APN as “bsnlnet”. Leave the username and password field blank and restart your device.

APN settings for MTNL 3G – Input APN as “pps3g” (prepaid) and “mtnl3g” (postpaid). Enter “mtnl” as username and “mtnl123” as password.

3G network provides fast data transfer speeds like broadband which depends on the ISP. You may not be able to activate BSNL 3G on carried locked or software unlocked devices. Though, there shouldn’t be any problem if you’ve a factory unlocked iPhone.

To Test Internet speed on iPhone & iPad, install the free app Speedtest.net.

Do share your views if you’re using 3G connection on iPhone/iPad in India.

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Mandy September 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Is it possible to know the settings for Vodafone on iPhone 3G? Vodafone customer service told me that they do not have a compatible internet plan at this time for iPhone 3G. It is sad and frustrating given the fact that Vodafone is considered a reputable company.

Is there anything I can do in this case? I would appreciate anybody’s feedback.


Mayur September 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I advice you to go for BSNL 3G if you’ve a factory unlocked iPhone. Bsnl is offering Unlimited 3G Data Plans – Postpaid and Prepaid at Rs. 1359 & 1499 respectively. http://webtrickz.com/bsnl-introduces-unlimited-3g-plans-at-just-rs-1359-1499/


Asif October 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

In India only BSNL and MTNL are providing 3G service. You need to wait till others including Vodaphone will start this service. 3G spectrum licencing is on hold by government as of now. I am using 3G on my iPad and its going good.


abhishek December 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

search on google….download a software named profiler…its of apple itself thn follow the steps by searching on google…im using it and its awsome….if it dose.nt help…..mail me ur prob……!!!!!!!!!!!!


Saleem September 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I tested my iPhone bsnl 3g speed using the iphone app, the download speed was only 117 Kbps. How to get high speed on BSNL


deepak October 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Hey man , i hav a small doubt . do i hav to jailbreak my iphone 4 to access internet in bsn 3g? i did change my APN as bsnl net (i see an ‘E’ when i switch my 3G on , i suppose that is EDGE) but when i try to access net it says “could not activate cellular data network” . what am i supposed to do ? do u use a prepaid sim or a post paid sim??? Thanks …


aditya June 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

you are a fool you know that the you are telling that much speed my pc is also not giving 117 kbps is a awsm speed it means that you can download 1 mb in just 10 sec….. and you feel that speed is slow


tina September 27, 2010 at 8:29 am

do you have any advice for bsnl 3g settings on an mtnl 3g sim from?

i have tried bsnlnet without username and password and with username and password of mobilenumber and with 91 prefixed to the mobile number. nothing seems to work.


Asif October 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm

You can’t use BSNL setting on MTNL sim card. If you are using an MNTL sim then have 3G enabled on it. It will automatically switch to BSNL 3G network when you are not in MTNL network.


Sanjay Jha October 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Hi Guys, I have got new 3g 64 GB Ipad and inserted MTNL 3G card and also made changes in APN Settings it worked for once but then didn’t work for the second time. Is there anything which i can do so that it can work again, Best, Sanjay


Suresh October 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

here is a link to official BSNL 3g settings document. Try this, it includes Apple Iphone/Ipa as well. http://karnataka.bsnl.co.in/3G/apnmobile.pdf


umar October 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm

please send me the vpn configuration bsnl setting for apple iphone 4gs to access bsnl internet


shrrikanth October 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm

How to configure MMS on BSNL in an iphone 3Gs .My 3G is working with above settings and is really good. In fact I jailbroke and unlocked my phone from airtel just to see 3G on iphone.


Shan November 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm


I have iPad 3G+wifi . Cut BSNL 3G postpaid sim. Put it in. It recognized and the browsing was great. I did not even had to change any settings.
Only problem is there is no dialer sw to get or make calls. Any ideas how to get this through also



Av January 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I am using the mtnl dolphin simcard on my ipad. I have done the apn setting and im getting the dolphin network. But the fuck up is that im gettin edge service and not 3g. The mtnl helpline is useless no answer from there. Any one got any kinda solution for this.


Ashutosh Tulpule January 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I bought an i-pad with 3G , and have a post paid MTNL GSM Connection in Mumbai.
I tried the APN setting as mtnl3g, however this doesnt work, however when i correct the APN to ‘gprsmtnlmum’ and then follow your other 2 instructions then the i can browse the internet.
However the speed is just like a dia-up connection, please adivse whether i can better the speed. Thanks


Arun Mehta January 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I bought dolphin prepaid sim card for ipad3G. Cut it and put it in Ipad. It recognises but cant browse. Every time it says “couldot activate cellular data network’ – you are not subscribed to a cellular data service.”

I failed to understand how it works. I tried calling MTNL helpline 1503 service but after 3 iteration, they dont seem to have any clue, how will it work.

I have done the required APN setting. Any body has any suggestion.
Best regards/ Arun


Prateek Gupta February 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Trust BSNL to mixup the APN of 2G and 3G. I had the identical problem and tried using 2G APN for prepaid- gprsppsdel and viola it worked! Got a speed of 1.2 Mbps so obviously 3G was on using APN of 2G GPRS. Hope it helps you too.


Vikram February 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Hi Prateek,
if i m using the gprsppsdel and then i think it will take the gprs services not the 3G services.
m i right ?

Reliance is also launched the 3G services but not with microsim so if this MTNL doesnt work then hopefully we have to use Reliance network services.



Vikram February 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Hi Arun,
i also have similar story,how this worked for you ?



Vikram February 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Hi .i have an ipad 3G+wifi from HK,we have purchased an dolphin prepaid sim card and 3g services.we tried to call so many time to MTNL and call get connected to thier customer care but after exactly few seconds its get disconnected,the error i get on my ipad is “Could activate cellular data network’ you are not subscribed to cellular data service..

is there any settings tht we required to put it in APN to get this running ??

any help would be highly appriciable.



anand February 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Name: bsnl
Apn: bsnlnet
Proxy: not set
Port: not set
Username: your name
Password: *99#
Server: not set
Mmsc: notset
mms proxy: notset
mms protocol: wap 2.0
mcc: 404
mnc: 71
authnentication type: notset
APN type: default

MMS setting are as follows,

APN: mms.south.cellon.in
Proxy: notset
Port: notset
Username: MSISDN
MMS proxy:
MMS port: 8080
MMS protocol: wap 2.0
MCC: 404
MNC: 71
Aunthetication type: notset
APN type: MMS

hope above settings will be helpfull to my fellow indians


Dr IA Khan March 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thanks Anand
you solved my problem


S.K. April 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Vodafone India 3G tariffs launched today. But not for iPhones and blackberry.

I need APN setting, username & password for vodafone 3G service.

Since last one month 3G trial was active on my iPhone and it worked perfectly on my iPhone 4 by simply clicking 3G ON in setting-network.

Pls provide me APN settings.

Thank you in advance.


Shiva April 29, 2011 at 1:47 am

@ Anand Can you please provide settings for MTNL Prepaid Mumbai


nripendra May 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

how ca i access internet on pc desktop(without having wi-fi/bluetooth) via iphone4(using bsnl postpaid sim


Superstar June 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Hi all! I have an MTNL PREPAID TRUMP connection in MUMBAI. I bought a 3G data coupon and was expecting 3G speeds, but what I am getting is only 28kbps download speeds! I mean that’s pathetic! And I have the latest SAMSUNG GALAXY S 2 PHONE which has speeds of 21 MBPS HSDPA!!! The setting which the 1503 Helpline people of MTNL Mumbai give are as follows:

APN: gprsppsmum
User Id: mtnl
pword: mtnl123
Port: 9401

The icon which shows on my phone is E (clearly it is short for EDGE). So why am I getting pathetic 28kbps (reminds me of those dial-up interconnection days of 10 years ago!) Why am I getting EDGE (GPRS) slow speeds when I paid for 3G speed???

Are these people deliberately giving wrong APN settings? My common sense tells me that if APN name is “gprsppsmum” then the speed will be that of gprs only, but the MTNL customer care executives are adament that this is the correct setting for 3G in Mumbai.

Let me tell you that when I took out my SIM once and re-inserted the SIM in the phone, the phone gave me option to choose between “mtnl mumbai” network or “mtnl mumbai 3G network”…….I obviously clicked on the 3G option. When I went to my APN settings after that, the APN name was showing as “mtnl3g”. But there was no internet connection! So the problem is that if you give “mtnl3g” or “pps3g” as the APN name then you DON”T GET ANY INTERNET. The internet does not even start. But when you give “gprsppsmum” as the APN name then you get pathetic 28kbps speed instead of 3G. PLEASE HELP!!! SOMEBODY???


M.A. BANSWARAWALA March 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Anand/ANY ONE Can you please provide settings for bsnl Prepaid RAJASTHAN



VIRAJ October 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I am using mtnl dolphin post paid 3g sim and would request you if any one could provide me with iphone 4 settings.

Please fill in this blanks
Mobile Data

MMS Proxy:
MMS Max Message size:

Internet Tethering

it could be a great help if any one could fill this blanks and revert back to me,so that i could use 3g on my iphone 4.


sateesh June 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm


Other option blank….
then restert your phone


Anubhav November 5, 2012 at 10:33 am

I have the same question as VIRAJ. Someone please help.


Prabhu November 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Hi every one below the MTNL 3G setting for I pad.

3G Settings for Apple iPad
Go to Settings and select Cellular Data
Select APN Settings and insert following text.
APN : mtnl.net
User Name: leave blank
Password: leave blank


misthi harwani December 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

tell me cellular data network setting iphone3ios (bsnl 3g)


amit December 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Thanks a lot buddy it really helped my mom sittign in india set this up woth my help sittin in USA.. Thanks a LOT.. GOD BLESS You…!!1


shaan khan March 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm

hello sir, i have a swipe tablet. And i also have a bsnl broadband connection. Could you please tell me how to connect that tablet from BB through a cable? but pls ans me is points.


preet April 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

hi m using i phone 4s . can u plz tell me how to start net on my phone…. and also with the net settings for bsnl prepaid 3G


Ash June 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Please tell me how to check balance on ipad 3g. I have dolphin microsim. I pay 450 p.m. for 2 gb usage. I have done correct settings and can browse, etc. But i can never know how much balance GB usage is left. Getting across to 1503 is painful


Om Dutt Saini December 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I have apple iphone and MTNL (Dolphin) prepaid sim and subscribe MTNL net pack for rs 99 please tell me how i can connect to internet?


Naresh Gupta March 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I have Iphone 4 with BSNL connection. I chaned the APN to bsnlnet, but it is showing an error, that could not connect to cellular data, I don’t know why??????
Can Someone help?????


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