Thanks for taking my a bit overly criticizing post this way, it was too early in the morning when I posted
So, just to be sure I get everything correct, the problem you are facing is phone registers on 3G, you can make calls and you can text, but you don't get the indicator for data connection (3G or H, or E or G - latter two indicating 2G data connection) and you can't access anything on the internet. If you get data indication in status bar even for couple of seconds, this may indicate different issue.
if you don't get data indicator at all, do you happen to have a tiny blue R atop of antenna signal (which is indication for GSM roaming)? If so, you need to enable data roaming in settings to allow data connection to be established, I am pretty sure you checked that already, but it is on the list as it could be the case (MVNO operators and operators who share cell towers sometimes cause phone to believe it is roaming. It is not a problem for operator's own phones as they have patched software to cover for that, but for non-operator ones, this might be the case)
Another thing to check (stupid, but needs to be checked) is in the APN list, do you have the APN you want to use highlighted (radio box beside checked), I've seen this happen, so better check.
One more thing to check - access point type - often they ask you to put 'default' or other value there, often few separated by commas. Make sure all is written in lowercase and there are no spaces. Another thing to try is to leave this field completely empty - you can create extra APN to experiment with.
A bit later I will try to post an XML file with APN settings for Vodafone NL for you to use with APN backup& restore app you can get from market.
I love your comment about the having a degree in D2g use!!!
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