My Nokia E71

Got it on June 11, 2009.

Another gadget.

Set up the WLAN: It does not recognize the Network automatically. The whole connection process is very confusing: you cannot connect to a network without browsing! And if you go to a page which is in the cache, the connection is only opened when you go to another page -> then it fails, and does not even ask for a username/password.
I try the settings which I get for other devices.
Niokia N810: WLAN/eduroam/Infrastruktur/WPA mit EAP/TTLS/Zertifikat: Keine/MSCHAPv2/EAP: kein manueller Benutzername

I browse the web and find:
It tells me to update Nokia PC suite, the firmware …
Ok. I’ll do… Actually, most software I use need actualization every time I use it.
… I have to reboot my Computer after installing the new Nokia PC Suite…
… and I have to install a Nokia Software Updater …
successfull … but when I start it, it waits a while and then sayes “Some components are missing. Please install again.” I do so, but doesn’t help.
So I deinstall with the System settings…
… cost some time, but finally nothing works. I find an (old?) FAQ on the Nokia Homepage that it was only tested with XP! Nokia is really an unprofessional company, whatever number of mobiles they sell. So I switch on an old XP computer, install the software, reboot, … and the programs runs – and I learn that the firmware is up to date. A few hours wasted. Why is there no “About” dialog in the gadget which tells me the firmware version? Would have saved a lot of time!

Finally, I decide the language to english, since I cannot find out the meaning of the german parameter names. Nokia should stop translating english terms, if no corresponding german terms exist! The ad-hoc invented translations make no sense, and one cannot search them on the web.

Suddenly, in the acces point dialog points like MSvCHAP etc. appear, and I can configure them. Later on they disappear again. But now the networ at the university works. Maybe it is LEAP what works?

The same game starts when I try to connect to my SpeedTouch at home. Tha device asks for the preshared-key (this is correct) and thinks that it is connected. However, my router does know nothing about that, and the E71 complains that “No gateway reply”.

This seems to be a general problem, which all of the Nokia devices have – all Nokia software seems to be crap.

By the way – there is no Nokia Hotline in Austria. They know why.

**** Correction: there is a hotline. See below. *****

I enter the name of the gateway etc. directly into the acces point – no improvement. I thank that at least the message by the N71 is wrong. The other problems may come from the SpeedTouch, but I have no possibility to debug this.

June 19, 2009

Connect the Laptop through the E71 to the internet

I was not surprized, but this was hard. Took me two days. Conclusion: the Nokia PC Suite which is advertized for this purpose, is crap. I should hace followed the advice “Never use the driver CDs sold with the hardware“.

I had good luck that the E71 is provided to me by may university and they have helpdesk. I was there, and they are smart people, who connected the device without the PC suite over bluetooth (modem name is now “Standard 33600 bps modem”), and it simply works. I deinstall the PC suite, and I promize I will never ever use the CDs coming with the devices.

The also showed me the austrian Nokia help line: say: Wenden Sie sich via Online-Formular oder Servicenummer 0810 281 900 (6,8 Cent/Min) von Montag bis Freitag 09:00 bis 21:00 Uhr an Nokia Spezialisten. I can find this with Google now, but I still cannot find it clicking through the site.

Connect using the USB cable:

I install the PC Suite and connect the Phone; as I almost expected, I cannot connect to the Internet straightforward. Btw: I have to connect the E71 in the “PC-Suite” mode; the “connect PC to internet” mode does not work at all. However, a Network connection named “Nokia E71 USB Modem (OTA)” was created. I configure this by entering the provider data in the manual configuration form in PC suite.  I also enter the additional configuration string; Unfortunately, I cannot connect.

I add the DNS servers as for the N810, and I repair the modem initialization string (not available from the Network settings, but only from “Modems”):


CGDCONT must be uppercase! I get a GPRS connection now.

Connect it to TomTom Go 730 as handsfree set – failure

When I set up the Bluetooth connection to use it as a handsfree set for My Nokia E71 in my car, it apparently works. however, when I want to use it the next day, it does not connect (weel it says “connected” every few seconds, with the croosed-out mobile symbol always on the screen, and calling from the TomTom does not work, and you cannot hear any calls).

I have to delete and reestablish the connection every time, which is too time consuming to really use it.

I clear the connection from both devices, reset the TomTom, take the battery out of the Nokia E71 – and again the same problem. The first connection works, the following fail.

This may be connected to the fact that the E71 shows a speaker (in the connection manager) as the symbol for the TomTom, respectively a headset (on the home screen). I think it interprets the device wrong.

I put the SIM back into my old Nokia 6012, establish the bluetooth-connection – no problem.

I would not buy the E71 again.


One Response to “My Nokia E71”

  1. Myung Czarkowski Says:

    10. Hi, I actually included you in my list as certainly one of my favorite blogger because you speak your own language in appropriate and by some means easy for us to comprehend in vernacular.

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