Psion 5MX –> infrared –> Nokia 6820 –> GPRS –> Internet

It was quite a struggle to get the setup above to work. It’s also quite scary because I don’t even know if 5MX is compatible with 6820, or if 6820 has modem functionality, etc.

But in the end, it works. You can find the instruction to get them to work here, mainly for my own future references, and also (hopefully) to benefit others in similar situation.

Note: I think it’s quite reasonable to assume that any Nokia phones newer than 6210 will be able to work with 5MX using this instruction. But, don’t bet your life on that statement.


The Steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Select MODEMS > New
  3. Name: Nokia 6820
  4. Speed: 115200 baud
  5. Connect via: Infrared
  6. Fax class: Auto
  7. Options :
    (note: you’ll need to replace “” with your mobile provider’s setting)
    • Loudspeaker: Never
    • Volume: Quiet
    • Pause time: 4 seconds
    • Init (reset) string: AT&F&K3
    • Data Init: AT+CGDCONT=,”IP”,””
    • Fax init. string: Blank
    • Flow control: Hardware (RTS/CTS)
    • Terminal detect (DSR/DTR): Ticked
    • Carrier detect (DCD): Unticked
    • Modem type: Mobile
  8. Click OK
  9. Back to Control Panel, open “Internet” settings:
  10. Click New
  11. Based on “Standard Settings” :
    • Name: My Internet
    • Connection type: Dial-up
    • Use smart dialling: Not ticked
    • Standard dial-up number: *99#
  12. ACCOUNT:
    (note: you’ll need to replace username & password with your mobile provider’s settings)
    • Manual login: Not ticked
    • Username: web
    • Password: password
    (note: you’ll need to replace both DNS addresses with your mobile provider’s settings)
    • Get IP adddress from server: Ticked
    • Get DNS addresses: Unticked
    • Primary DNS address:
    • Secondary DNS address:
  14. LOGIN:
    • Use login script: Not ticked
    • Enable PPP extensions: Ticked
    • Allow plain text authentication: Ticked
    • Use call back: Not ticked
  16. CLICK “DONE”
  17. Open “Message”
  18. Menu > Tools > Add New Account > Email
  19. Complete all fields in order to access your POP3 email
  20. FINISHED with set-up!

Again, please note that the settings above works if you’re a subscriber of O2 mobile phone network in UK only !
You’ll need to adjust some settings above to follow the settings from your own mobile phone provider. An example of such settings can be viewed here.

Now, to actually use the email or internet:

  • Activate infrared on the mobile
  • Activate GPRS on the mobile
  • Point at the infrared port of Psion 5MX
  • Open Message
  • Open Mailbox, and select an account
  • A new window appears “Connect to internet” – click OK
  • If you’re downloading email, ALWAYS Close mailbox before disconnecting from the Internet to avoid login problems on subsequent sessions.



58 thoughts on “Psion 5MX –> infrared –> Nokia 6820 –> GPRS –> Internet

  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Usullay nokia phones have many options to work, this also a good phone for daily use. I really say thanks for these guidelines to keep all works for this new phone.

  3. This mobile has got lot of features. You can find the instruction to get them to work here, mainly for my own future references, and also (hopefully) to benefit others in similar situation. Regards,

  4. Cool share, its very detailed. I don’t use Nokia but this is really a good reference in the future. I just wonder if this works on Sony Ericson phones too..

  5. Very well thought out and informative. I’m sure many others enjoy reading this too, but are just a little scared to post – anyway – thanks again!

  6. I was searching for a suitable site for my GPRS activation… Now, I am glad to know that this is the right place for me to rely upon… Thank you for providing such an useful stuff.

  7. Was just recommended your post. Interesting information which I can actually use and pass along as well. Also, I did experience a minor problem when trying to subscribe to your website content but did figure it out; I’m still a 2-finger typer 🙂 I hope for your best success with providing your readers further quality information.

  8. I think business users will be particularly pleased by the 6820’s Bluetooth connectivity, its ability to exchange business card information via the IR port, and its WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser, which should work well with the phone’s support for EDGE high-speed data transmissions.

  9. Thanks a lot for the step by step approach to this. Usually I’d get confused in between , but thanks to you I can finally set up my gprs..Thanks for posting!

  10. It was, without doubt, one of the best handsets I’ve ever owned. Obviously it doesn’t cut it now in today’s world of high tech gizmos. Stick it next to a Nokia N95 and it looks positively stoneage.

  11. I used to own the nokia 6820 about a year and a half ago, a very handy and hardy phone. Dropped it many times but never really had any problem with it unlike the new phones you get now!

  12. I miss the good old phones, they were like the most hardiest phones ever, simple and nice.. The complicated gadgets you get now basically makes you wonder, what on earth your carrying sometimes!

  13. Ah! my old phone! I’ve probably dropped it a million times, once i actually dropped it from the 2nd floor and not a scratch! clearly a very hardy phone, the phones you get now probably wont be able to survive one drop!!

  14. This series of phones were probably the most handy at the time, they may not had all the features but they were really hardy and were really handy!

  15. This is definitely a really really good phone, though they probably dont manufacture it anymore it was one pf the best during its time, just like the nokia 3310 when it came out! thanks for posting!

  16. I completely adore this phone! it reminds me of the 6620 i used to have back in the day where technology was just making its footsteps! now we have come to an era thats re defined technology with all the latest models of phones coming out with newer features!

  17. I really love this phone. Have great memories with it. It was my first ever phone. Really loved it. I still have the phone. Too bad it’s not functional now 🙁

  18. This phone just reminds me of how fast we’ve evolved with technology, we’ve got products that can do wonders today, but you still get people using these phones and you wonder why? well for one they are much easier to handle and a lot more hardier!

  19. I am searching for a suitable site for my phone features. Finally I found this blog. I think this is the right place for me to rely upon. Thank you for providing such an useful stuff.

  20. I am searching for a suitable site for my phone features. Finally I found this blog. I think this is the right place for me to rely upon. Thank you for providing such an useful stuff.


  21. Its a great comment. i have used this phone its nice & compatible to use. Its user friendly phone with better technology. thank you .

  22. Ah though its been only 6 years, when I look at this phone its like its been over 10 years! amazing… I actually miss these phones, less complicated and it was just a hello and a text back then!

  23. The 6820 was my first phone. I loved it and used it for many years. I still have it with me. Don’t have the heart to give it away. Love it. Cheers

  24. Thank you so much! I also spent a lot of time looking for this find good article for my phone until I found you – you saved a lot of time and work!

  25. Love this phone, was my first phone in fact! Had it for 3 years, and I actually still have it though i dont use it anymore! one hardy phone! miss the good old times!

  26. Hi, Nice to meet you, your blog is cool. i like it.
    Your articles are brilliant and informative, thanks a ton.

  27. One of the greatest classic phones of the 2000-2005 period. It really did have everyone’s attention, and even thought technology is improving one cannot forget those old simple phones that were a lot less complicated!

  28. Thanks banget om Harry, sudah nolongin dan langsung turun tangan 🙂 Seminggu ke depan ini kita coba dulu lihat kondisi. Aku server cukup stabil dan kondisi CPU dan Memory terjaga. Paling tidak untuk sementara sudah lumayan, sampai kita pikirkan lagi strategi lain. Sekali lagi, thanks.

  29. Great phone, reall reminded us how the good old tech days were! simple and strong ! just like the nokia 6820! man i miss that phone!

  30. Yup I had that phone for over 3 years, didnt cause any problems except for the battery. Amazing how the older stuff turn out to be greater huh?

  31. jaman sekarang sudah jarang HP yg pake infrared mas..
    sudah berkembang ke bluetooth versi 3 hehehe..

  32. Great, thanks.
    I have a little tip for you, you can put pictures in articles of this kind, I think it’s more pretty, short, and understandable,
    But anyway thanks for the good instructions.

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