Friend is on Orange BB, XP Home, Internet Explorer 7. When Explorer is opened, you get the old 'Page can't be displayed'. I found the only way to get on line was via Control Panel, Network Connections, 'Connect'.
This opens the Connections window, where the user name and password are already present, and clicking 'Dial' gets you online. There is no 'Connect automatically' option.
Tried all three options in 'Connections' in Internet Options.