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Cellular Data Network missing for iPhone

My wife is using an Iphone 4s in Romania, where Apple doesn`t have an official store. The phones are sold through mobile operators. So, each operator can manage easly the cellular data setings by blocking this tab.

Cellular Data Network option in iOS allows us to edit internet settings for each mobile operator separately. This option appears only if you use an iPhone with an informal network, means a network that does not sell iPhones and has no special mobileconfig made by Apple. For other network option is not available in iOS Networking menu and settings are automatically included in the phone so do not worry. But for some people, like in Romania with Cosmote, these settings do not work properly and the lack of options (different APN used for different services) and they can`t connect to the internet, can`t making tethering, etc.

But hopefully, there are few ways to edit your APN even you don`t have this tab in  Configuration / General / Cellular

1. This is a useful tip for iPhone 4S and 5(!) who needs to modify their APN settings especially when using Gevey Ultra S. An alternate method is to install jailbreak tweak such TetherMe. If your device is not jailbroken you can try the following.

  • On your iPhone 4S or 5 (tested by myself), connect to a WiFi network.
  • Launch the following website using Safari web browser. http://www.unlockit.co.nz
  • Tap on Continue > Custom APN.
  • Choose Country and Carrier and then tap Create Profile. For this example I chose country as Romania and carrier as Cosmote. Then you can choose one of the listed APN (broadband or web`n`walk)
  • Tap Install and confirm installation.
  • Reboot your iPhone and you’re done!

If you ever need to remove this profile, go to Settings > General > scroll down and you will see Profile: APN Carrier Settings. Tap on Remove. That’s it.

Important : here, you`ll find more details about SIM Swap Method that it`s not working for the moment also for MMS profiles .

credits to beijingiphonerepair.com  


2.  iPhone Configuration Utility


Download  and install

  • Connect your iPhone to computer
  • Click in left menu where should be Configuration Profiles
  • Complete the following fields : General: Name, Identifier, Description (nu conteaza cu ce sunt completate)
  • Click on the Advanced and the first three fields are about Mobile Operator internet settings
  • Click on iPhone in the left menu
  • Click on Configuration Profiles, select created profile and then click install
  • You`ll get immediately on iPhone  this profile that has to be installed

credits to gadget.ro

 3. For an iPhone with jailbreak, you can install a tweak, called TetherMe APN Editing. This tweak will ctivate the menu  Cellular Data Network.

4. The last option is to call to your mobile operator and the  customer care service will be able to send you an email with the appropriate Profile. The email contains a mobileconfig that has to be open with your phone and installed.




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  4. Buna Cristi,
    Superb articolul. La job le-am recomandat la “n” clienti care plangeau ca nu au net pe Iphone-urile aduse de afara sa urmeze pasii din tutorialul tau.
    Multumesc mult – e de maxim ajutor.
    Am zis!

  5. La fel am facut si eu, am urmat toti pasii am resetat iphone`ul si mi`a aparut 3G`ul insa netul tot nu merge. Imi zice “Could not activate cellular data network” Sunt pe cartela si am 80 de MB. Nu stii care e problema? Am ales si broadband nu wnw deci totul ar trebui sa fie in regula.
    Am Iphone 3GS dar nu cred ca asta are vreo legatura. Ar trebui sa mearga.
    Am si o cartela de Frog cu net nelimitat prin web`n`walk, o sa incerc si cu aia sa vad daca merge.

    • Dacă tu ar trebui sa folosești APN broadband atunci in wizard asta selectezi.
      Dacă ai opțiune de web’n’walk, atunci selectezi APN wnw si stergi orice alt profil aveai salvat înainte.
      Treci in modul de avion si apoi in modul normal si va caută rețeaua. După ce se va lega cu noul profil WNW, vei putea folosi web’n’walk !

  6. I am also using webnwalk on my iphone 5. Everything is working fine without viber and mail. Does any one know how to fix it?

  7. Hi! all,
    I am also using webnwalk on my iphone 5. Everything is working fine without viber and mail. Does any one know how to fix it?

    • You can try a VPN connection but I don’t guarantee that will work. It’s all about what ports are open using wnw APN. The push services requires usually full access to the network. Try to open a case in iHelp to see what you get from Cosmote consultants.

  8. daca instalez asta , pierd garantia ? si eu am aceeasi problema , si e luat din ro telefonul .. mai exact din magazinul altex.

  9. Buna,

    Am urmat pasii descrisi mai sus iar dupa ce selectez tara si reteaua, nu se mai incarca pagina care ar trebui sa imi arate apn-ul. Ce e de facut?

    Cristian Iosub