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How to Activate 3G on a 2G Vodafone SIM card

3G internet technology offers so much more than 2G internet can’t offer. This makes having 3G enabled on your mobile phone almost a basic need.

Some of the capabilities of 3G above 2G and proprietary mesh networks include the following.

  • 3 G has very low latency for 2 way communications.

  • It offers high data rates for speed escalated applications and services.

  • It has a greater capacity for more noteworthy versatility.

  • Higher security levels because of 3G’s IP-based architecture which supports advanced security conventions and speedier throughput rates which support better levels of encryption.

  • Supports integrated GPS for location services.

This has therefore led to the urge to move from 2G to the faster and better 3G internet connectivity. This article focuses on helping you activate 3G speed on your 2G Vodafone SIM card.

However, in order to access 3G with any SIM card, 3G services has to be enabled on your mobile phone. We first look at some common devices and how to activate 3G on them, then how to activate 3G on a 2G SIM card.

3G Activation on Common Devices

Here is guide on the most common 3G mobile phones.

3G activation for Android

In order to activate Vodafone 3g on your android device, follow the following steps.

  1. Open SETTINGS.

  2. Open WIRELESS & NETWORKS

  3. Select MOBILE NETWORKS

  4. In network mode, Choose Auto

  5. You may need to Restart you phone

Your Android phone should now be able to connect to 3G network.

3G activation for Blackberry

The following are the steps to activate 3G services on your Blackberry device.

  1. Go to the MENU KEY

  2. Open OPTIONS

  3. Select ADVANCED OPTION

  4. Select TCP

  5. Set 3G

  6. You may need to Restart you phone

3G Activation on iPad

Steps for activation:

  • Go to SETTINGS

  • Open CELLULAR DATA

  • Choose to Keep Cellular Data on.

You may need to restart your Phone

3G activation on iPhone

In order to activate 3G services on iPhone, follow the following steps.

  • Open the Settings Menu

  • Open General

  • Select Network

  • Choose Cellular Data

  • APN: Enter www

  • Press OK

You may need to restart your phone.

Activate 3G on Nokia

To activate 3G on your Nokia mobile phone, follow the steps outlined below.

From the Main Menu, Open SETTINGS.

  • Open CONNECTION and then ACCESS POINT

  • Choose OPTION, NEW ACCESS POINT the USE DEFAULT SETTINGS

  • The Connection Name is Vodafone Internet

  • The Data Bearer should be GPRS or Packet Data

  • In Main Menu, Choose Web or Services.

  • Under settings, select Options.

  • Hit back and Activate.

SIM card Activation Methods

Since by default your 2G Vodafone SIM card won’t be able to access 3G, you have to send a request to Vodafone, for them to activate 3G on your SIM card. Vodafone will then send you a confirmation SMS after they receive your request. It will take a number of hours for your SIM card to be able to access 3G network.

Basically, there are two ways to activate your SIM card from 2G to 3G.

Method 1: Through SMS

Conversion codes for both prepaid and postpaid customers are the same, but they are usually send to different number codes.

Vodafone Prepaid

Go to your messaging application, enter the recipient as “144” (Without the quotes).

On the Message box, write “ACT 3G” (Without the quotes).

Send the message.

If a notification occurs telling you that you may incur extra charges, choose the “Accept” option. This service is usually free so no charges will be incurred.

After sending the message, you will receive two messages from Vodafone. One will come after quite some time.

You can now switch off your phone for around 5 minutes.

Turn it back on. You should be able to see 3G connectivity on your status bar.

If not, follow the guide included in this article to help you set up your phone to access 3G.

 

Vodafone Postpaid

Go to your messaging application, enter the recipient as “111” (Without the quotes).

On the Message box, write “ACT 3G” (without the quotes).

Send the message.

If a notification occurs telling you that you may incur extra charges, choose the “Accept” option. This service is usually free so no charges will be incurred.

After sending the message, you will receive two messages from Vodafone. One will come after quite some time.

You can now switch off your phone for around 5 minutes.

Turn it back on. You should be able to see 3G connectivity on your status bar.

If not, follow the guide included in this article to help you set up your phone to access 3G.

Method 2: 3G Internet Recharge.

You can also activate 3G on your SIM card by doing a 3G internet top up. This process automatically converts your SIM card from 2G to 3G.

This recharge can be done online. However, to use this service in national roaming, you need to manually select Vodafone network, otherwise extra charges will be applicable.

Using this method, it will take around 15 minutes for your connection to be activated. You can dial *111*6# to check your free MB balance.

Things to consider before converting your 2G SIM Card to 3G

  • You need to make sure that your mobile phone is 3G. You can confirm this by checking the specifications of your particular phone model on the internet, or on the manual that came with the phone.

  • 3G Internet, unlike 2G, usually provides very high speeds in data connection. It will therefore consume a considerable amount of data, depending on what you are browsing. Browsing videos (also depended on their quality) and HD photos will tend to consume more.

  • It is additionally important to make sure that your zone has 3G-network coverage.

Conclusion

With Vodacom 3G internet, you can now enjoy fast internet connections and downloads, Video call, video streaming and HD Gaming among others.

However, you should note that new Vodafone SIM cards are released to the market, already 3G enabled.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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