First of all we must decide which tablet we must buy, a 3G SIM supported tablet or 3G support via external dongle. The difference between two is that in former case, you just need a 3G SIM, insert it in tablet, configure it and enjoy 3G services on tablet. In later case, the tablet supporting 3G via external dongle, you need to buy a 3G dongle separately from the market along with a 3G SIM from a 3G mobile service provider.
3G SIM supported tablet is more handy than to use 3G via a 3G dongle. In both cases, you just need to follow few simple steps to configure 3G service on your tablet which takes hardly few minutes and then you can access 3G services on your tablet.
Steps to be followed for 3G dongle supported tablets.
Step-1: If your tablet is having USB port, you can directly connect the dongle to this USB port. If your tablet is having microUSB port then you will need extra cable to convert micro USB to USB. You can buy this OTG cable for less than Rs 200.
Now insert 3G SIM into dongle and connect the dongle to your tablet. Please ensure that 3G network is available in the area where you are using your tablet. A green light will blink on your dongle as soon as your dongle detect 3G signal.
Step-3: Make sure to put Wi-Fi off here. Under “Wireless & Networks” select “more” and then “ Mobile Networks”.
Step-4: In “Mobile networks” settings, you can see “Access Point Names”, “Data enabled” and “Data roaming”. Enable both “Data enabled” and “Data roaming”.
Step-5: Now open “Access Point Names” you will see lot of parameters to be filled like APN, USER, Password, Dial Number, APN Type, Name, MCC, MNC, MMS Proxy, MMS Port, Authentication type, APN Protocol etc. some of these parameters are having default values, don’t change it and fill up only the required fields like APN, MCC, MNC, username and password etc.
The value of all these fields APN (Access Point Name), MCC (Mobile Country Code) and MNC (Mobile Network Code) can be obtained from your 3G service provider since values changes from operator to operator and state to state . For example Airtel in one state is having different values than in other states. The value of MCC and MNC may be confirmed by clicking here
For 3G SIM supported Tablets, all above settings holds good or you can get settings by sending a SMS as mentioned in above table. Save the received settings in your tablets, you can activate 3G services on your tablet.
You can also find 3G supported tablets to buy, just by clicking here or on any other online shopping site.
I hope now you can do 3G setting at your own level on your tablets. Enjoy browsing on your tablet now.
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