Check Availability of 3G Services in Your Area [Tutorial]

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While we know that 3G services will be commercially launched – in major cities of Pakistan – with-in few days, it would be a good idea to check if 3G services are already available at your location or not.

This can be specifically good because cellular companies are already testing 3G services at major locations in Islamabad / Rawalpindi, Karachi and Lahore. In Multan too, we have heard.

One more thing, at least two operators are allowing its customers to experience 3G services. Meaning that you can just join their 3G networks and start using 3G services.

Here’s a simple way to check if 3G services are available at your location or not:

3G Ready Phones

First of all, to use 3G service, you need to have a compatible 3G handset. No, not all handsets are 3G ready.

You can check compatibility of your handset with 3G networks by simply checking the network specification of your respective handset on GSM Arena or any other similar website.

Let’s take Huawei G610 as an example. According to GSM Arena, its network specifications are as following:

  • 2G Network: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100 – SIM 1

So its apparent that Huawei G610 is 3G compatible and hence can be used for below test.

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Checking 3G Availability in Your City

As we mentioned above, cellular companies are already rolling out 3G networks in major cities. During this, you can switch to their 3G network and start using the service even before the commercial launch.

P.S. I am using 3G network for last few days, and experience has been smooth so far.

Note: We are using this Android phone running Android 4.3 for this Tutorial. iOS users and those using other platforms can follow the steps required with their own menus.

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Also read: Telenor’s Free 3G Can Cost You Thousands of Rupees

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Go to

  • Settings
  • click “More”

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Now click on “Mobile Networks”

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Now on next screen, click on “Network Mode”

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Here you will have to select “WCDMA (preferred) / GSM. This will enable your handset to search for 3G networks as well.

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Now go back to “Mobile Network” screen and click on “Service Providers”

Now your phone will search for all available networks (both 2G and 3G) at your location.

When I searched, below was the result shown to me:

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As it may appear to you, Ufone and Telenor networks have enabled 3G services at this location. Warid, Zong and Mobilink have just 2G networks here.

If your network has 3G enabled in your location and it is appearing in the list, then simply select the 3G version of your operator and you are done.

Once your phone is connected with 3G network, you can go to Settings->About Phone->Status to see “Mobile Network Type”, which in my case was HSPA.

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Please Note

While we have confirmed that 3G services during the trial period are free, you must keep an eye on your balance to make sure that you are not charged with any data services. Data charges with 3G networks can be explicitly high.

Do let us know if you were able to experience 3G network in your area or not.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Hats Off to telenor for offering 3G Services from last 20-30 days for free in islamabad and Rawalpindi for free …

  • I’m getting really jealous, because In my area, there is no 3G coverage and
    you are using 3G free :)

  • Dial *7799# to check Telenor 3G service is available in you area or not. Sometimes it gives wrong information, one friend is using 3G it said to him not available.

  • I am using 3G on Telenor for last 20-30 days in F-10 nd F-11 Islamabad … they are only operator i think who allowed general customers to use 3G for free in testing phase …i must say thnx #telenor

  • i have zong sim and i m using Huawei G700 tht has 3G, Zong has bought both 3G n 4G, my question is will i get 3G service from Zong on my phone even they bought 4G as well ???

    • Bro! They have both licences 3G and 4G. If you want to use 4G just send a msg and subscribe it you will able to use 4G akin if you want to use 3G you can subscribe it via SMS.You can use both services, you can choose, what you want to use!

    • 4G for sometime will remain a marketing stunt from Zong. However you will start using 3G services within month if you are living in one of 5 major cities.
      Telenor however is rolling out 3G very fast nationwide

  • My phone is showing me that 3G is available for my network (ufone) but I’m unable to connect.. Help needed.

  • Aamir Bhai please answer my technical question? Will the voice quality be upgraded on 3G network WCDMA or will it remain the same on old 2G GSM network?? I’ve heard that voice quality is improved on 3G, please answer??

      • First of all thank u for all those live updates yesterday. If there is a reward or shield that the government gives to those who offer unique special services like u did yesterday, u deserve it… Just a couple of questions, bare with me : 1) Which 3g networks are all the operators going to deploy? Would they start with normal UMTS 3g, then move along to HSPA, and then to HSPA+, or just start with the fastest one? 2) When Zong launches their 4g lte services, will they be Td-lte or Fdd-lte? Which would be better, or whether they would launch LTE-ADVANCED, the same technology they are going to deploy in their homeland China?… More than just a couple of questions, but u would really be a dear if answered them in a little detail :)

  • Hello Warid users! This post is not for u guys so don’t bother to check ur network stats until u switch to any other network. by the way, why are u still stuck to warid???

    • Hello Warid Users, keep your patience, you will find WARID on 4G LTE Network due having neutral license 1800 MHz which Warid purchased back in 2004 at the time of entry in Pakistan. Donot lose your heart.

        • Great .any way other operators cant improve their voice quality and peoples are expecting good data services from them ,i think these peoples are either Innocent or………………..
          Waiting for warid 4g they will really rock

          • Well the 3G speeds on mobilink are good. Here is a screenshot of the torrent speed, don’t mind the upload speeds, I have intentionally limited that. I get ~360 on PTCL 4Mbps, Mobilink 3G is twice that.

            • ooohhhlllallalal i love mobilink. on torrent it,s amazing speed thank,s your screenshots .in which city you recieving 3G SIGNALS…please

            • Using torrents over 3G, no wonder, the country’s networks will get choked considering it will have people like you abusing it.

              I hope the carriers come up with strict data buckets, including unlimited but expensive ones. Else Pakistanis will ruin the 3G experience by using it to download via torrents. Can always trust Pakistanis to abuse any technology outlet available to them.

              • Who do you think you are? I was testing the 3G speeds when I was downloading the torrent.

                Yes, I will download whatever I please over 3G when it launches. You have to be dumb if you think I am going to pay for 3G and then not utilize the bandwidth.

                When you buy 3G, why don’t you restrict your usage to ‘dial up’ speeds, so the internet gets better?

                No wonder many Pakistanis fail all over the world, some of us like to wear a judging hat, and judge other people over what ‘they’ think is right.

              • Using torrents over 3G, no wonder, the country’s networks will get choked considering it will have people like you abusing it.

                I hope the carriers come up with strict data buckets, including unlimited but expensive ones. Else Pakistanis will ruin the 3G experience by using it to download via torrents. Can always trust Pakistanis to abuse any technology outlet available to them.

              • Who do you think you are? I was testing the 3G speeds when I was downloading the torrent.

                Yes, I will download whatever I please over 3G when it launches. You have to be dumb if you think I am going to pay for 3G and then not utilize the bandwidth.

                When you buy 3G, why don’t you restrict your usage to ‘dial up’ speeds, so the internet gets better?

                No wonder many Pakistanis fail all over the world, some of us like to wear a judging hat, and judge other people over what ‘they’ think is right.

  • HOW TO CHECK WHETHER MOBILE PHONE IS 3G SUPPORTED. I HAVE Q MOBILE A65. CAN YOU PLEASE SHARE HOW TO CHECK 3G SUPPORTED SET.

    • Yeah! Why not! You can deploy both services at the same time. If you want to use 4G just send a msg and subscribe it you will able to use 4G akin if you want to use 3G you can subscribe it via SMS.You can use both services, it’s your choice, what you want to use!

  • my net work shows as under:
    oprtr: mobilink
    singnal strength -67 dbm 21asu
    mobile network type: EDGE
    service state: in service
    i dont know how to check 3G in active or not?

  • Salam. My name is khurram. I just connected data network on mobilink and after click on site . I am amazed that everything going speedy. I have the sign on network state I.e 3g. H. H+ . In settings the same case. I have getting it right now. I have gfive g9. Can anyone tell how to take screen shots on gfive

  • on network search my mobile shows ufone 3g network availability but i am unable to connect through it :(

  • ufone mobilink and telenor are showing 3.5g!!! but not able to use it!!! as cell shows registration failed!!! area e block johar town lahore!!

  • Using Mobilink 3G for last 3 days constantly. Area is a Five Star Hotel Near CM House Karachi. Speed is fluctuating between 4.5 Mbps to 9.6 Mbps

    Phone. Iphone 4S :)

  • Moreover, Mobilink applied for a new brand name. Mobilink 3G and they will come under new brand by 1st Week of May Maximum with almost availability at there 5000 cell sites.

    First product will be Mobilink 3G Postpaid. As far as sources confirm. Mobilink is not in a mood to launch 3G for prepaid services at least in coming couple of months.

    • This happened in the UK when 3G launched, first on Monthly trarrifs then a few months later on PAYG

    • joke maar rahi ho, ubi yaar companies ni jo balance lagaya hai usi postpaid mi wo poora nahe kar sakti bcoz my 1000 friends not interesting if packages postpaid mi ho…hourly bundle hona chaheyi
      weekly bundle hona chaheyi
      awr monthly unlimited hona chaheyi..
      koi shak kise ko..enjoy karo it,s GREAT PK LOVE SO MUCH

  • Wondering enabled 3G on my iPhone 5C using UFone prepaid. No 3G services only shows up as GPRS if 3G enabled. Turn it off and it becomes EDGE again. Wondering if anybody prepaid user is using 3G services on UFone? Do we have to provide any APN for 3G network on an iPhone respectively?

    • abi tak 3g service launch nhi hui ksi be network ki just auction complete hui hai,
      just wait for it and check and check again ;) :P

  • thanx amir bhai once again for the help…have a question …does any of the company has plan to launch 3g services in Faisalabad …tried my best to know from availble resources but of no use please help with your sources( i know you can do this)

  • Getting telenor hspa+ network and using it from 5 days on q-mobile a500 in gulistan e johat

  • .. Tried on both ufone and telenor but no 3g neither in trial period nor now …
    I am from karachi

  • Seems like Mobilink is not offering any trial 3G services everywhere. But most of telenor customers are experiencing it here or there.

  • Using 3G on my 5S from auction day in Peshawar Road, Westridge Rawalpindi..
    Also gone to islamabad and used in G6, F6, F7, I8 … And yeah no charges as i get daily billing info.. And i get high speed in melody only in G6 area and while going on Peshawar Road in Rawalpindi Area…

  • In my area all, all networks have enabled their 3g service but only telenor has allowed its user to logged in to their 3g networls rest of three networks have placed restrictions to register at their network

    • lol Bro agr Ap Telenor se han to Khali Telenor ka Network hi Use kar Skte han :D kisi or Network ki SIM Lagaenge to wO uS Network ki 3G ya 2G Chalaega :D

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