Rob Farley

Rob Rob Farley has been consulting in IT since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked in consultancies in Melbourne and London. He runs the development department in one of Australia's leading IT firms, as well as doing database application consultancy and training. He heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Rob has been involved with Microsoft technologies for most of his career, but has also done significant work with Oracle and Unix systems. His preferred database is SQL Server and his preferred language is C#. Recently he has been involved with Microsoft Learning in the US, creating and reviewing new content for the next generation of Microsoft exams.

Over the years, Rob's clients have included BP Oil, OneLink Transit, Accenture, Avanade, Australian Electorial Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Borough of Kingston, Help The Aged, Unisys, Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), National Mutual, the Bible Society and others.

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10 August 2006

Don't want your mobile to connect to GPRS all the time?

I've found this seems to be a common issue...

When someone's on Windows Mobile (either 2003 or 5.0), they're happily disconnected, but then they open something that wants an internet connection. Suddenly they see a "connecting to GPRS" box, and they freak out because they don't want to pay the GPRS prices for downloads.

Here's how to avoid it.

Go into Settings. Connections tab, Connections icon (use the links for images - apologies to the people who are hosting them!). Then go to the Advanced tab, where there are three buttons. Pick "Select Networks". Then change the "Programs that automatically connect..." boxes to something other than GPRS.

You can still connect to GPRS by going into the Wireless Manager and turning it on. But now your phone won't use GPRS unless you specifically tell it to. Which should keep your mind at ease.