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Q: The weird "G" on the Nokia 6610i? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: The weird "G" on the Nokia 6610i?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: gcse-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 19 Nov 2004 19:42 PST
Expires: 19 Dec 2004 19:42 PST
Question ID: 431353
When I put my phone on standby or in any of the menu and while
readinga a message. I noticed that there is a "G" appear on the top
left handside of the phone.
Can you explain how that G got in there and how I can remove it?
Subject: Re: The weird "G" on the Nokia 6610i?
Answered By: aht-ga on 19 Nov 2004 20:52 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for your Question.

The 'G' that you see in the upper-left corner of your Nokia 6610i's
screen is the phone's indicator that it has registered itself with the
GPRS network. This will occur in one of two situations:

1. When an application on your phone requires and establishes a
connection to the GPRS network in order to send or receive data; or,

2. If the phone is configured such that a GPRS connection is always
established whenever a GPRS network is found.

You can read more about this in the Nokia 6610i's user guide, found online at:,,55722,00.html

In particular, in the section entitled "Connectivity (Menu 13)", Nokia
explains how this indicator works and also explains how you can use
the GPRS Menu (found in the Connectivity menu) to configure the phone
to be either "Always Online" or "When Needed". In the case where your
phone is set to "Always Online", if your cellular service provider
supports GPRS service on the cellular network in your area, the phone
will register itself with the GPRS network, and the "G" indicator will
appear on your screen.

Please check the setting by going to the Connectivity menu, then the
GPRS menu, and Select the GPRS connection option to see what its
current setting is. If it is set to "Always Online", change it to
"When Needed". If it is already set to "When Needed", then this
implies that there is an application running on your phone that is
establishing a GPRS connection. If this is the case, then you will
need to take a look on your Applications menu, and see if you have
recently installed anything that might be the cause.

If the setting was set to "Always Online", and yet the indicator has
only recently appeared, this can be caused by either your service
provider recently enabling your phone/account for GPRS access, or if
your service provider has recently upgraded the cellular network in
your area to provide GPRS service. Another possibility would be if you
recently changed locations, from an area without GPRS service to one
that does.

The difference between the two settings ("Always Online" and "When
Needed") is the amount of time needed to initialize a network-enabled
application. If your phone is set to "Always Online", then the phone
will automatically register itself with the network and maintain a
connection for as long as you are in range of a GPRS network, meaning
that network-enabled applications will have instantaneous access to
the network. If the setting is set to "When Needed", every time a
network-enabled application starts up, it will have to wait for the
phone to register itself with the GPRS network and establish a
connection. Depending on your application, this delay may be either an
annoyance or may interfere with the application's performance.

If you do not use many network-enabled applications, I would recommend
setting the GPRS Connection setting to "When Needed". This way, you
will always know when an application is using the GPRS network,
through the appearance of the "G" indicator. Please note that the GPRS
network is used by network-enabled applications, multimedia messages,
and when your phone acts as a GPRS modem for a PC (one that is
connected through either a cable or infrared connection to the phone).

To summarize, the "G" indicator simply tells you when your phone has
established a connection to the GPRS network of your service provider.
You only need to be concerned if you have your phone set to "When
Needed", are not aware of any applications running on your phone that
requires a network connection, yet still see the indicator. If this
happens, review the applications installed on your phone to identify
the culprit.

Please let me know if this information helps you gain control over the
"G" indicator on your screen.


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