Any way to retrieve balance(core talktime & da...

Any way to retrieve balance(core talktime & data) via SMS in Airtel & Idea?

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I have a ZTE MF825A LTE data card which unfortunately does not have USSD support in its Web UI. Its a pain to remove the SIM everytime just to check balance.
P.S. I am aware of the respective Android apps.

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If you are using airtel then go to “one.airtel.in” and below the page you will see my account section.
There you go…

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check on idea website too biggrin

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MDMA-(Mobile Data Monitoring Application) is an awesome utility tool which supports USSD command along with some great features like QoS check. In order to access it you need to close down your ZTE default dashboard program which automatically starts as soon as you insert the modem. Here’s the link to the download page :http://www.softpedia.com/get/Mobile-Phone-Tools...
May I know does this modem support Rjio sim or you are using Airtel 4g?

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@silent6191 wrote:

MDMA-(Mobile Data Monitoring Application) is an awesome utility tool which supports USSD command along with some great features like QoS check. In order to access it you need to close down your ZTE default dashboard program which automatically starts as soon as you insert the modem. Here’s the link to the download page :http://www.softpedia.com/get/Mobile-Phone-Tools...
May I know does this modem support Rjio sim or you are using Airtel 4g?


ZTE MF 82x series Modems (similar to Huawei HiLink) dont communicate over Serial mode over USB. Instead they appear as USB Ethernet/LAN Modems. RNDIS protocol in Windows (Win7 and earlier)- hybrid mode,drivers are installed automatically by the modem software , CDC-Ether in Linux distros(kernel v 3.×.x or later) . In Windows 8 and later they communicate via the newer MBM protocol which is natively supported by the OS, hence,no drivers are necessary similar to Linux behaviour.
These driverless or hostless modems dont have the traditional dashboard. Instead they present a Web GUI. Quite similar to how one manages a router. Infact such Modems are more like routers than plain vanilla dongles.
MDMA has very rudimentary support for such hostless modems(only a very few Huawei ones). HOWEVER its possible to switch the modem to Serial mode by issuing relevant CGI commands in the Web UI. I did just that. Installed a separate set of drivers and MDMA did indeed recognize the dongle. One could switch between 2G/3G(4G option was not available though),signal strength etc. BUT USSD commands are hit-and-miss. Worked to check Airtel balance but other options yielded bunch of garbage results. And more importantly connection to INTERNET could not be established in this mode unfortunately. To switch the modem back to Ethernet mode one has to issue AT commands over SSH by Putty or HyperTerminal built into Windows.

TL;DR MDMA is not compatible with such modems.
I could not get Airtel 4g working in the dongle(but working fine in friends 4g handset). Manual search did nt reveal Airtel 4g network. But RCOMM and JIO networks were available. Very curious since this just the unlocked version of Airtel’s 4g dongle. Just that its imported one. I guess I need to recharge with a 4g pack in order to access 4g network in Airtel? Earlier I was trying with the free data provided on swapping to a 4g SIM. FWIW I was able to access Idea 3G network only after recharging with 3g pack so… And Idea 4g SIM also did not work to access 4g network even after manual search. Will try to get hold of JIO SIM in the coming weeks.

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@abcwevr762 wrote:


@silent6191 wrote:

MDMA-(Mobile Data Monitoring Application) is an awesome utility tool which supports USSD command along with some great features like QoS check. In order to access it you need to close down your ZTE default dashboard program which automatically starts as soon as you insert the modem. Here’s the link to the download page :http://www.softpedia.com/get/Mobile-Phone-Tools...
May I know does this modem support Rjio sim or you are using Airtel 4g?


ZTE MF 82x series Modems (similar to Huawei HiLink) dont communicate over Serial mode over USB. Instead they appear as USB Ethernet/LAN Modems. RNDIS protocol in Windows (Win7 and earlier)- hybrid mode,drivers are installed automatically by the modem software , CDC-Ether in Linux distros(kernel v 3.×.x or later) . In Windows 8 and later they communicate via the newer MBM protocol which is natively supported by the OS, hence,no drivers are necessary similar to Linux behaviour.
These driverless or hostless modems dont have the traditional dashboard. Instead they present a Web GUI. Quite similar to how one manages a router. Infact such Modems are more like routers than plain vanilla dongles.
MDMA has very rudimentary support for such hostless modems(only a very few Huawei ones). HOWEVER its possible to switch the modem to Serial mode by issuing relevant CGI commands in the Web UI. I did just that. Installed a separate set of drivers and MDMA did indeed recognize the dongle. One could switch between 2G/3G(4G option was not available though),signal strength etc. BUT USSD commands are hit-and-miss. Worked to check Airtel balance but other options yielded bunch of garbage results. And more importantly connection to INTERNET could not be established in this mode unfortunately. To switch the modem back to Ethernet mode one has to issue AT commands over SSH by Putty or HyperTerminal built into Windows.

TL;DR MDMA is not compatible with such modems.
I could not get Airtel 4g working in the dongle(but working fine in friends 4g handset). Manual search did nt reveal Airtel 4g network. But RCOMM and JIO networks were available. Very curious since this just the unlocked version of Airtel’s 4g dongle. Just that its imported one. I guess I need to recharge with a 4g pack in order to access 4g network in Airtel? Earlier I was trying with the free data provided on swapping to a 4g SIM. FWIW I was able to access Idea 3G network only after recharging with 3g pack so… And Idea 4g SIM also did not work to access 4g network even after manual search. Will try to get hold of JIO SIM in the coming weeks.

Well explained for your own query. toungueout

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@abcwevr762 wrote:

I could not get Airtel 4g working in the dongle(but working fine in friends 4g handset). Manual search did nt reveal Airtel 4g network. But RCOMM and JIO networks were available. Very curious since this just the unlocked version of Airtel’s 4g dongle. Just that its imported one. I guess I need to recharge with a 4g pack in order to access 4g network in Airtel? Earlier I was trying with the free data provided on swapping to a 4g SIM. FWIW I was able to access Idea 3G network only after recharging with 3g pack so… And Idea 4g SIM also did not work to access 4g network even after manual search. Will try to get hold of JIO SIM in the coming weeks.


Have you checked if it supports the necessary LTE bands of Airtel and Idea?

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@dealzeal wrote:

@abcwevr762 wrote:

I could not get Airtel 4g working in the dongle(but working fine in friends 4g handset). Manual search did nt reveal Airtel 4g network. But RCOMM and JIO networks were available. Very curious since this just the unlocked version of Airtel’s 4g dongle. Just that its imported one. I guess I need to recharge with a 4g pack in order to access 4g network in Airtel? Earlier I was trying with the free data provided on swapping to a 4g SIM. FWIW I was able to access Idea 3G network only after recharging with 3g pack so… And Idea 4g SIM also did not work to access 4g network even after manual search. Will try to get hold of JIO SIM in the coming weeks.


Have you checked if it supports the necessary LTE bands of Airtel and Idea?


Yup. Its actually the very same modem that Airtel was peddling around the time of limited 4g launch in Bangalore etc. The ‘A’ in MF825A stands for Airtel apparently. Anyways it supports FDD LTE Band 3,40 so should nt be any problems on that count. Its powered by Qualcomm Gobi Modem the MDM9615 which was used in high end smartphones 2 years back. I was able to discover JIO network more than a year back when they did not have any spectrum in FDD LTE Band 5 and only Band 3 & 40. Airtel CC were no help. After I exhaust my current data I will recharge with a 4g pack to see if it makes any difference.

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@DealLooter wrote:

check on idea website too biggrin


How ?!?

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silent6191 wrote:

MDMA-(Mobile Data Monitoring Application) is an awesome utility tool which supports USSD command along with some great features like QoS check. In order to access it you need to close down your ZTE default dashboard program which automatically starts as soon as you insert the modem. Here’s the link to the download page :http://www.softpedia.com/get/Mobile-Phone-Tools...
May I know does this modem support Rjio sim or you are using Airtel 4g?

Thought I should mention that JIO SIM is indeed working fine.

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