This may not the usual case where you use other country’s APN settings on your mobile phone while you are using Philippines networks, e.g. Smart/TNT, Globe/TM and Sun Cellular. Some pepaid subscribers were able to use Australia’s Telstra access point name to any of our local SIM cards along with a VPN app like HTTP Injector, Psiphon, Hammer and OpenVPN.
You might ask why Telstra APN works even if they don’t have cell towers and networks here. We can’t answer that question, but if you really want to try, do create a manual setting on your phone by following few steps.
Create Manual APN using Telstra Settings
Creating manual APN steps may differ depending on your mobile brand, but the options and naming are almost the same. Before following the procedure, make sure you know the purpose of using this APN and familiar with mobile network related setup to avoid connectivity issues.
To create new APN:
Android: Go to Settings – More - Mobile Networks - Access Point Names (APN) – Add new / +
iPhone / iOS: Go to Settings - General - Network, under Network, select Cellular Data Network - Add APN
|Name||Telstra / Telstra Internet|
|APN type||Not set|
|Proxy||10.1.1.180 or 10.1.1.181|
|MMS Proxy||Not set|
|MNC||02 for Globe/TM - 03 Smart/TNT - 05 Sun|
|Authentication Type||Not set|
|APN roaming Protocol||Check (APN enabled)|
Once done, set the newly created Telstra APN to default. Open any VPN you are using, turn on your mobile data and see if you can browse to the internet.
If above APN doesn’t work on your network, you can easily switch to previous settings to by going to Settings – More - Mobile Networks - Access Point Names then select the default APN for your network.