[Fixed] BSNL 3G / MTNL 3G Not Working On iPhone 3G / 3Gs

by Rohit on December 30, 2009

BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) is the largest public sector telecom company in India and is the first among the India telecom service providers to launch 3G data services.

MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) is another public sector telecom company which operates in Delhi and Mumbai. MTNL provide 3G services in Delhi.

BSNL 3G Settings for iPhone MTNL 3G settings for iPhone

In this article I will share the manual 3G settings for Apple iPhone for BSNL and MTNL.

As MTNL and BSNL have not officially launched iPhone on their 3G network, so the iPhone does not come with pre-installed settings for BSNL or MTNL. Even if you try to get the automatic settings via SMS, you may not find iPhone compatible automatic settings from BSNL / MTNL.

If you are using an unlooked iPhone which can support BSNL/ MTNL SIM card, you have to add manual APN settings.

For APN Settings, go to

Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network

Here you need to add the APN settings for BSNL / MTNL. If you the “Cellular Data Network” option is missing in your Network settings, then you need to enable the APN settings for your iPhone by following this tutorial – Enable APN Settings On Jail-broken iPhone

BSNL 3G APN Settings For iPhone 3G / 3Gs

In cellular data setting, set the following

APN – bsnlnet

leave all the remaining fields blank on this screen, save and exit.  Reboot your iPhone once and you will be connected to 3G data service of BSNL. [Source – Megaleecher.net]

MTNL 3G APN settings For iPhone 3G / 3Gs

For postpaid Dolphin subscribers

In cellular data setting, set the following

APN – mtnl3g

Username – mtnl

password – mtnl123

For prepaid Trump subscribers

In cellular data setting, set the following

APN – pps3g

Username – mtnl

password – mtnl123

leave all the remaining fields blank on this screen, save and exit.  Reboot your iPhone once and you will be connected to 3G data service of MTNL. [Source – Forumz.in]

Above settings might not work as the updated settings have been released by MTNL

Updated on 19th Feb 2010 –

Working APN Settings For MTNL 3G Delhi For iPhone

Please leave the password and other fields blank [source – mtnl]

Service Name APN Existing data usage charges (in Paisa/10KB Revised Data usage charges
GPRS Prepaid gprsppsdel 10p/10KB Re. 0.01/10KB
GPRS Postpaid gprsmtnldel 10p/10KB Re. 0.01/10KB
3G Prepaid pps3g 2p/10KB Re. 0.01/10KB
3G Postpaid mtnl3g 2p/10KB Re. 0.01/10KB
HSDPA Prepaid ppshsdpa 10p/10KB Re. 0.01/10KB
HSDPA Postpaid mtnlhsdpa 5p/10 KB Re. 0.01/10KB


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Sachin December 31, 2009 at 6:54 pm

the settings are only working on edge…but when i use 3g it says activate cellular data…
please help

Rohit January 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Talk to the customer care and ensure that 3G data plan is activated on your connection.

Sachin January 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

it is activated as i use the very same sim on my nokia…i’m able to browse on 3g network

Suraj January 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

These settings are for all other mobile phones other than iPhone. For iPhone these settings do NOT work. So the issue is still unresolved.

PC February 26, 2010 at 1:16 am

you need to maintain a balance of Rs 200 to use 3g on the Jadoo card
also make sure u SMS ACT 3g to 444
from your Iphone

it sitll hasnt worked for me , but i seem to be progressing , it doesnt work indoors in southdelhi , so i will try it in CP tomorrow

rajkumar doss March 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

I have a 3gs factory unlocked and also have 3g enabled (Bangalore). I am unable to get the right settings for the cellular data settings to browse.
Please help
Rajkumar Doss

Subhash March 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

If you in South India for internet you need these settings (same for EDGE or 3G)
APN – gprssouth.cellone.in
User ID: 91
password: 91

Thats it

Ashish July 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Hey, thanks a lot. I was just able to use 3G after I used this info.

Harsh August 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I have iphone 3gs 32gb factory unlocked…Please help me to use trump jadoo on my phone………..

Harsh August 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I don’t knw the settings for the phone……….

rajbir September 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

works great with ipad re paid mumbai on my ipad speed of 412- 800 kbps

setting for pre paid
aps ——————–gprsppsmum
usen name ———- mtnl
password———– mtnl123


Deepak September 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Please guide me to data browsing and data roaming settings on my iPad for a prepaid bsnl chip?

Hitendra Mehta October 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Mumbai settings

apn: gprsmtnlmum
username: mtnl
Password: mtnl123

CK November 12, 2010 at 12:16 am

Bought OlivePad (tablet). Bought 3G Jadoo from MTNL. Activated with 49 Rs. coupon. Added another Rs.450 coupon. Balance shown is Rs. 12+6= for making call. Nothing known about data activation. Not able to connect to web/internet. Pad is working fine with wi-fi modem. Did all this as stated above, and also as at their site, nothing working. Help.

Sanjay November 13, 2010 at 2:24 am

Rajbir, the settings you mentioned works intantly on the ipad,
it is gprsppsmum, which is perfect

Samad December 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

i’m using Iphone 4G , BSNL Prepaid 3G.
my BSNL Prepaid is from Tamilnadu, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari.
Please follow the setting for 3G settings.
Goto ‘Setting ->General->Network->Cellular Data Network ->
Cellular Data ->APN
here you type ‘bsnlnet’ as APN name.
if you ON Enable 3G it will load data faster but may decrease battery charge faster.
you can use with out Enable 3G, but it will load data as 2G.

varun December 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

hey thanks a lot. . .i am connected to 3g after seeing this info

Nitin May 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

BSNL 3G Settings For internet Phone to PC
my Phone Karbonn K30 Please Send me to Settings

Vishal Arora June 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Hi ………….
I m new user of MTNL 3G in Delhi
I have Huawei K3765-HV USB data card. Please help me so i can use MTNL 3G with the help of Mobile Partner


juzer October 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I am having Iphone4 with bsnl 3g of orissa,, but i am using this sim in chennai and i am not able to use internet facility even after setting apn as bsnlnet,,,plz come up with some solution

Rakesh October 24, 2011 at 12:32 am

hey can nyone plzz help me that mtnl 3G data plans works on i phone 4..am from delhi circle.

nitine February 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

i hve vodafone huwai k3765 . i use all sims but problem with 3g . get msg connection terminate
please help me

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