I might argue that this is diy issue as, away from my usual access point I
can't get access to official routes to answer this until I've solved it.
Some pretty savvy folks out there may have the answer - possibly I suspect,
one I won't really like!
Anticipating a need to connect away from home and normal access points I
indulged in a new BlackBerry 'Curve', which comes with software that allows
one to 'tether' it to a laptop by usb and use it as a wireless modem.
Before leaving home I did manage to glean the info that virgin's access
point address was simply 'goto.virginmobile.uk': this did indeed prove to be
sufficient info to get on line with (though with a speed of less than
100k/sec it is scarcely worth trying, as it can take ten mins to open even
the signing in page at virgin...). At least, I thought, it will be easier
to write emails and news messages on the laptop than on the BB and I could
just send them through.
Not so, it seems. Now I have one of those awkward accounts that used to be
ntl, then virgin, and now virgin passed to google. There has already been
trouble with the mail settings, with some getting away with some ports but
ntl others and some needing SSL but not others. And, of course virgin's
mobile network goes through T-mobile, so it's all a bit complex for my
Anyhow, I find I can receive mail and news to the laptop via the blackberry,
but the only thing I can *send*
from the laptop is news to this
eternal-september server. No matter what combination of ports and security
I try I either get eternal 'connecting' or a message like:
An unknown error has occurred. Account: 'xxxx, Server: 'SMTP.ntlworld.com',
Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: '421 aamtaout03-winn.ispmail.ntl.com
connection refused from [22.214.171.124]', Port: 465, Secure(SSL): Yes,
Server Error: 421, Error Number: 0x800CCC67
Actually I'm now not getting downloads from the virgin news server either:
And for send: Outlook Express could not post your message. Subject 'test',
Account: 'Spamletnews.cable.ntlworld.com', Server: 'news.virginmedia.com',
Protocol: NNTP, Port: 119, Secure(SSL): Yes, Error Number: 0x800CCC0F
Now, virgin news uses 'highwinds' and virgin/ntl mail google but neither is
letting me send anything through the phone, though I can access/send mail
the phone with no hassle other than the ages it takes to enter
stuff from a tiny keypad.
Anyone know what gives, and if there is a way round: or is every server bar
e-s simply bouncing stuff from tethered phones?
Appols if this is long and ot, but I may be stuck in this primative
communication mode for 6weeks and I'm tearing my hair out already!
Thank goodness I set up the eternal-september when ms pulled the plug!