GSM Modem/Module not responding to AT commands after firmware Upgrade??

I get a lot of queries about this issue, so I thought I should write a small post about it. For example the latest one was

Hello Muhammad,
I recently update SIM900 to firmware 1137B12SIM900M64_ST.cla using “Simcom – sim900 Customer flash loader V1.01″ at the baud rate 1498000. Everything went perfectly like but after I restart the module I get “þIIIIþþþ” response from SIM900 at 115200 baud rate, I could not get any AT commands working. Kindly do help me.

Some modems support AutoBaud by default. Auto Baud feature allows the modem to be used with any baud rate, and for this to be used the Modem waits for a input string “ATr” it uses this string to detect the baud rate being used. As the manual describes the modem when in Auto Baud will be looking for this string after it is powered and this should be in CAPS otherwise modem wont be able to detect the correct baud rate. Sim900 has the auto baud by default. Some modems don not support Auto Baud so for these modems after the firmware has been updated, you should use the default baud rate, 9600 and 115200 are the most common.

if you want to fix or change the baud rate you should use the AT+IPR command. For example if you need to fix it to 4800.


Show State if Sim900 originated call is recieved

By default when you make a voice call Sim900 doesn’t send any response if the called party picks the call. Sometime its important to know if the other side is getting ring or has picked the call. In order to show the state we have to configure the module using the following AT Command


After sending the is command if a number is dialed, a URC string “MO RING” will be received if the other mobile is alerted and “MO CONNECTED” will be received if the call is answered.