Receiving MMS on Vodafone

Receiving MMS on Vodafone

Up until now, I’ve never opened an MMS successfully. My Internet settings on the phone were never set
probably plus I never bothered to do it. I also didn’t know the billing rates for opening them either.
But now, an opportunity arose for me to require MMS. The Deutsche Bahn has three options for distributing tickets purchased online. The first one is by printing them out, but I don’t have a printer. The second method is having them mailed to me, but that costs 3.50 euro. The third and best option, is to have them sent as MMS. Knowing that my phone, the P1i, has this ability, I looked for how to do it. After going through lots of Googling and reading through translated German sites, I finally figured it out.

Now, I use Vodafone in Germany, but this method may work on other providers even. I am also using GPRS, and not 3G (I don’t have a dataplan unfortunately). The way to do it is to register an account on using your phone number. Obviously, if you use a different provider, you’d go to their website to make the account. I clicked through their services and found an option called the “HandyKonfigurator”. What it does is it sends me the proper settings required for my phone. I clicked through the dropdown boxes, found my phone and pressed continue. Vodafone then sent me a file that would inject the settings into my phone. They also sent me a PIN that I had to enter before my phone settings were changed. I did as I was asked, and now I can receive MMS messages!

Vodafone Internet Account Settings

  • Address:
  • No user name and password required
  • IP Config and DNS Addresses are set to automatic
  • Proxy Server: at port 80

Vodafone MMS Account Settings

  • Service Center Address:

Possible Fix for the P1i Vibrator and Maybe Other Issues Too

The vibrator for my phone was broken for some time, and I theorized that it was probably due to me dropping the phone.  But then, the phone’s vibrate would randomly work, then not work, and then work again.  Earlier today, it wasn’t working.  I got fed up with this so I found disassembly instructions for the phone (link).  There is also a download there for a repair manual (requires free registration on their site).

I followed the instructions in the link and the manual and after disassembling every part of the phone, I found where the vibrator was.  My theory for why the vibrate stopped working was that the motor inside was probably knocked out of place from a fall or something so I pushed it back into place (although it didn’t really move when I did that).  I spun the motor around a little bit to kind of see how the assembly worked, but I didn’t really do much.

I put the phone back together and the vibrator started working again.  On a completely unrelated note, the jog dial seems to be much smoother as well.


UPDATE: The speakers seem louder too!!

P1i Firmware Reset Results + Unrelated Problems

A while ago I was talking about the problems I was having with the P1i (here), and so I did a firmware reset.  I did this a long time ago, but I don’t think I ever wrote about it.  After the firmware reset, EVERYTHING WORKS PERFECTLY.  I’m not having any problems with incoming/outgoing calls anymore, and I get notifications for every text message I get.

One problem I’m still having though is that whenever I try to connect to my own wifi network, I have to connect to it a few times before it works.  If I connect to my neighbour’s, it works right away, so I’m thinking that it’s a router issue.

Another thing is that Coreplayer’s Youtube function likes to stop working for some reason.  Could it have been a setting I changed which messed up Coreplayer?  I don’t know.  It worked fine before and nobody online seems to have had any problems.

Because of that, I’m now using the phone’s in built media player for Youtube videos, but for some reason trying to watch a second video will freeze my phone.  No idea why.

P1i Problems

Lately I’ve had this recurring problem with my P1i that involves the screen going black while the phone is still on.  I haven’t encountered this problem for a while.  I thought I had fixed it with a firmware update.  Pressing the power button again does nothing.  The only way to get rid of the black screen is to take out the battery and put it back in and then restart the phone.  While there is a way to get the phone back to normal, I do not know when it happens or under what circumstances it happens.

In addition to that problem, I’ve also encountered a multitude of other issues with this phone.  Many of which I thought I’d fixed with the firmware update.  Anyhow this is the list of issues:

  • screen going black
  • unable to make incoming or outgoing calls
  • text messages received, but i do not receive any notification for (they just appear as a new message but there’s no popup saying “New Message Received”
  • probably more that I don’t remember right now

I recall that since the firmware update, I’ve installed a few programs and changed some settings.  I have a feeling that this has to do with the settings that I changed.  I’ve had the software installed on my phone for quite a while and it has given me no problems.  The most recent app I’ve installed would be the Gmail app, but there’s no telling whether or not its the culprit.  I also changed the backlight settings, and added a few Internet accounts.   When I was in California, I changed the mobile networks from Fido to AT&T.  I changed it back a week ago when I got back and there was no problems.  I doubt the volume controls have anything to do with this.

I might end up doing a firmware reset.

Accessing the P1i Hidden Services Menu

The service menus on the P1i allow the user to see information about their phone, diagnostic tests for different features, and formatting the internal disk.

To be specific, here are all the options that are included:

  • Services information
    • Model information – what model your phone is (mine just says P1i)
    • Software information – PDA, phone, and Bluetooth software version, and CDA version
    • Hardware information – IMEI number
    • SIM locks – I’m guessing this tells you whether your phone is locked or unlocked (reasonable assumption)
    • Configuration – Speech codec rate, and GSM bands
  • Services tests
    • Display – shows abunch of weird lines and colors to see if colors look right I guess
    • Camera – shows an image of the front and rear camera
    • Touchscreen – gives a blank drawing canvas to test the stylus
    • Illumination – screen brightness
    • LED’s – lights up the light near the phone charger port red and green
    • Keyboard – lets you type different keys and reads your input
    • Vibrator – vibrates the phone letting you know that function still works
    • Speakers – makes sounds with the front and rear speakers
    • Microphone – records sounds
    • FM radio – didn’t try this one, since I didn’t have my handsfree with me
    • Memory Stick – tells you if its attached
  • Format internal disk – it is what it says

Accessing the Services Menu

  1. Go to the Main Menu
  2. Select Phone
  3. Select Phone again.  Once you do this, it will show a blank space for typing a number
  4. Turn the jog dial up once, then type a *
  5. Turn the jog dial down twice, then type a *
  6. Turn the jog dial down once, then type another *
  7. The services menu will now open

Installing P1i Themes

  1. Connect phone to computer in File Transfer mode.
  2. Copy/move the theme file to the memory card
  3. Navigate to the file using the File Manager and execute it.
  4. Install the theme and then apply it when it asks you to
  5. Alternatively you can go to the Control Panel > Themes to activate.

Connecting a Sony Ericsson P1i to a Windows 7 x64 Computer in Phone Mode

You need to get a driver package, google for “p1_usb_signed_drivers” (p1_usb_signed_drivers.rar).
Note for myself: I’ve sent an e-mail to myself with these drivers as an attachment in case I can’t find them later.

This assumes that: 1. you don’t have any drivers installed, 2. you don’t have PC Suite installed. Otherwise you may need to do the steps differently.

  1. Install PC Suite for Sony Ericsson from their support site, the version for your device, and restart.
  2. Connect your phone to the USB cable and let it install the wrong drivers that it does automatically automatically.
  3. Uninstall old drivers (very important, in device manager uninstall and check the “delete drivers” checkbox on: “Ports Com&LPT->Sony Ericsson … something”, “Universal Serial Bus Controllers->Sony Ericsson … somethin” (there should be 2 listed))
  4. Disconnect your phone from USB
  5. Restart Windows
  6. Unpack the p1_usb_signed_drivers package
  7. Right click the setup.exe and choose “Vista” compatibility mode, apply.
  8. Right click the setup.exe and choose run as administrator and install
    (If there are any errors with this driver package you will have to uninstall and reinstall it and reboot until it works, and maybe try other compatibility modes)
  9. If the drivers were successfully installed, disconnect from the Internet, so that it doesn’t automatically download wrong drivers when you connect your phone.
  10. Once disconnected from the Internet, connect your phone, and it should find the drivers and the mrouter driver.

You may need to do the steps differently if you don’t have the drivers already installed, or PC suite already installed.


UPDATE (Dec 7/ 09):  For me, this method was kind of on and off.  I used this method and it worked, but then after I reinstalled the firmware on my phone, PC Suite was no longer able to identify my phone anymore.  I uninstalled the drivers from device manager, and let Windows 7 install my drivers for again and it worked.  I guess I can’t really narrow down which method works, but this is worth a shot I guess for those who are looking for solutions

FAILED TO LOAD RESOURCE Error When Installing Sony Ericsson PC Suite

Apparently, you can use WinRAR to extract the contents out of the exe file and it’ll give you a couple of setup files (32 and 64 bit setup files) and some dll’s. Once I did that, the error disappeared. I don’t really know how that would have affected anything in the first place, but then again, errors are generally bad…

For some reason when I tried installing this program using the 64 bit setup file, the installation would always fail. I guess I’ll stick with the 32 bit version.

I wonder if this technique can be applied to other exe files…

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