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05-19-2010

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-04, 16:41 PM

I now totally do not understand why such a big (and reputable) company like IBM/Lenovo is loosing out on this little kinda kid's game???? The little piece WWAN-USB modem sold on ebay or amazon for barely 20-30 bucks and it does great job of delivering SMS. Some even does MMS (more expensive than 30$ but less expensive than Gobi2000 built-in card).

 

Running out of patience now... really...!

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07-21-2010

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-04, 17:21 PM

Ok peeps. I think I have some "almost" fantastic news!

 

The quick good news is that SMS is included in 5.72 and does work

Check it out:(Excuse the poor quality - reduced for file size)

 

 

Of course, where there is a good usually comes the equal and opposite bad news: It IS operator specific.

 

Let me explain, please be patient. Im no programmer or cell operator and I just figured it out by trial and error and a little bit of good hunting around. Perhaps there is someone out there that can help make more sense of it but for now this is as good as it gets.

 

You will see from my earlier posts I was referring to my cellular operator as Cell C in South Africa. While I was going through the Access Conections folder under C:\Program Files\Lenovo, I came upon an interesting looking file so I opened it with Dreamweaver: AC_wanprofiles.xml. Kind of self explanitory in hindsight I guess. On closer and lengthy inspection I found that it lists a lot of global operators but it does not list Cell C. It did however list Vodacom SA (South Africa) : Line 955 to Line 979. I will list it here:

 

<profile>
    <mcnc>655001</mcnc>
    <carrierid>103</carrierid>
    <SMSSupport>false</SMSSupport>
    <editable>false</editable>
    <locked>false</locked>
    <country>South Africa</country>
    <nwprovider>Vodacom SA</nwprovider>
    <setting>
      <type>name</type>
      <value>Vodacom SA</value>
    </setting>
    <setting>
      <type>apn</type>
      <value>internet</value>
    </setting>
    <setting>
      <type>acprofilename</type>
      <value>Vodacom Mobile Broadband</value>
    </setting>    
    <setting>
      <type>authtype</type>
      <value>PAP</value>
    </setting>

 

See highlighted lines SMSSupport and Editable as false. I changed them both to true and rebooted. Fortunately I had an old Vodacom SA SIM card that I inserted and bingo it worked. I opened the SMS application. Unfortunately I have no credit on that card so I could not test it but I was able to read all the old existing SMSs on the SIM.

 

See the Location name in the image corresponds to the <type>acprofilename</type> <value>Vodacom Mobile Broadband</value> in the xml file.

 

The deal now that will be the only way to get this working is to make a copy of one of the profiles and edit it to your local provider settings (Obviously if your provider is listed simply make the falses true). Here's the catch though! You need to find your provider settings and the only distinguishable differences in the profiles are.


     <mcnc>xxxxxx</mcnc>
    <carrierid>xxx</carrierid>

 

I wanted to test the change on Cell C in South Africa but I cannot find their mcnc & carrierid details anywhere. If someone can help here that would be fantastic, I would really appreciate it.

 

Please excuse the long and drawn out explaination. At least it works! Kind of!

 

Regards

 

Hoox

 

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07-21-2010

South Africa

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-04, 18:39 PM

Here is a list of carriers I could find so far: http://www.larwe.com/technical/gsm_carriers.html

 

This list is not complete and it doesnt exactly tie up but it's pretty close. See the bottom of the list:

655-01?VodaCom-SA

And if you see the MCNC number for Vodacom SA in the XML file:

<mcnc> 655001 </mcnc>

 

I figured a simple exchange of a 0 in place of the - would sufice but there are some mcnc numbers that dont have a 0 in the 4th digit so I dont really know.

 

Sadly for me however its not that up to date as Cell C is a newer carrier in South Africa and this list doesnt show it so I cant test it. This could be one huge trial and error unless a more definitive list is made available.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

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04-25-2008

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-04, 19:03 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Network_Code

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09-01-2010

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-04, 19:04 PM

Okay, this is what I found out so far, but I havent tryed ist jet:

 

MCNC is the combined number of MMC and MNC. You will find the entire list of MMC and MNC at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Network_Code#S

 

You provider is listed as well and the correct number ist 65507 for ne MCNC field.

 

Even I knew the MMC and MNC logic, I didnt know what MCNC stood for, but I found this via here: http://www.roamingzone.com/mnc/ (see hint on the top of the page)

 

But what is the carrier id? 

 

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-04, 19:38 PM

HAHA this is funny! Or no its not!

 

I inserted a non supported SIM card of O2 germany. After AC starts up (and connects to the mobile network) it notices that the sim is not supported and doesnt allow the SMS application to load.

You might see the SMS application toolbox for a while and can click on it but the app will open and close (as written from hookins before!). When you are connected to the mobile network, AC will recognice the not supported sim and will not show the toolbox and/or load the application.

 

However, now I inserted an vodafone sim into it (vodafone germany is supported), just for the sms feature to test. After the SMS applications loads and I see the text messages I sent before to the non supported sim card!!! So the text messages have been received by, you just cant load the application. I also can see that the text message is instantly delivered to the device, for types of sims. (Using a delivery report that comes back to sender).

But this is not enough. Connect the laptop with a not supported simcard to the mobile network and send a textmessage to it. You will see a message that a "SMS message arrived" and you will be asked if you want to reply or forward the text.

 

YOU JUST CANT OPEN THE SMS APPLICATION!!!

 

SO, this supported/not supported thing is just some kind of customer bothering!!

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07-21-2010

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-04, 19:43 PM

Hey Bananaman

 

Thanks for the list dude! Very helpful!

 

The carrier id is something I still have to hit and miss trial and error but at least it makes the task exponentially smaller!

 

Cheers

 

Hoox

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-04, 22:50 PM

Hey all,

 

the trick provided by hookins really works. There is just one or two things to pay attention to.

 

Just insert the following rows into the following file C:\Program Files (x86)\Lenovo\Access Connections\AC_wanprofiles.xml.

Insert it after the tag <XMLDATA>:

 

<profile>
    <mcnc>XXXXXX</mcnc>
    <carrierid>106</carrierid>
    <SMSSupport>true</SMSSupport>
    <editable>true</editable>
    <locked>false</locked>
    <country>COUNTRY</country>
    <nwprovider>PROVIDER</nwprovider>
    <setting>
      <type>name</type>
      <value>NEWCONNNAME</value>
    </setting>
    <setting>
      <type>apn</type>
      <value>APNYOURPROVIDER</value>
    </setting>
    <setting>
      <type>acprofilename</type>
      <value>NEWCONNNAME2</value>
    </setting>
    <setting>
      <type>authtype</type>
      <value>PAP</value>
    </setting>
  </profile>
  • XXXXXX: Replace the six X thru your MCNC. MCNC should be a six digit code. You can find your MCC and MNC on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Network_Code. The trick is that you may need to fill up the MCC and MNC with zeros in the front and then just place MCC and MNC togehter. Eg. if your MCC is 267 and your MNC 07 then MCNC is 267007. Your provider may have more than one MCNC, then just add them, devided by comma. Eg. "267001,267008,26701" etc.
  • 106: I played a litte around here, and I have no idea what this stands for. For my 106 just works like other codes as well. If this doesnt work for you (and your MCNC codes are correct), try to find a provider from your country and use the same carrier id then. 
  • PROVIDER: Place your provider here
  • COUNTRY: Enter your Country.
  • NEWCONNNAME: Name that AC displayes for the Profile
  • NEWCONNNAME2: Internal Name
  • APNYOURPROVIDER: APN of your Provider or dataplan if required.
  • PAP: You may want/must ajust this.

You may also want to add more settings in the code before, then just look up the required setting commands in the file and place them between the profile tags.

 

Of course you must to this for every provider you want to have the SMS tool for.

 

Also note, that your computer is receiving the sms even if you didnt unlook the sms application for your provider, but you just can not start the application. However you will note that sms sent your computer will be delivered, if the sms application is unlooked for the provider or not!

 

I hope this helps, and special thanks to hookins for the inital hint!!

 

John Ripper!

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09-16-2010

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-05, 5:22 AM

Last time I checked OneClickInternet did not require any modifications for SMS to work.  :smileyhappy:

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09-05-2009

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Re: Access Connection SMS Menu disappeared!!!!

2010-10-05, 5:32 AM

that's maybe because Sony is a much better company than Lenovo and you don't need a PhD in computer science and programmer's skills to send a simple text message ....

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