Mar 072011

Anyone who has a cellular / mobile contract with Three / 3 / 3UK will have likely stumbled across their ‘porn’ block at some stage. Good goal in theory, except it doesn’t just block porn. I’ve had some really random websites blocked because of it. There is a workaround that you can use (depending on your handset I’ll leave you to figure out the specifics), but the jist is quite simple:

Create a new APN and call it ‘3 Routed’ or something. The name is irrelevant.

APN: 3internet
Proxy: <not set>
Port: <not set>
Username: <not set>
Password: <not set>
Server: <not set>
MMS Proxy:
MMS port: 8799
MMS Protocol: WAP 2.0
MCC: 234
MNC: 20
Authentication Type: <not set>
APN Type: *

Save this, and activate it as your active APN. This will temporarily disconnect your data connection and renegotiate a new one. It will give you handset a public routed IP address (minor security issue), break sending and receiving of multimedia messages (MMS). But, it will give you unrestricted, unfiltered internet access. When you’ve finished, simply switch back to your other original APN to restore normality for everything else.