[APN] How to Setup Straight Talk Data and MMS on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone
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[APN] How to Setup Straight Talk Data and MMS on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone
Original article posted on 9/11/2012, updated 7/6/2013, via PrepaidPhoneNews. I have extracted the relevant parts of the article for this post.


Quote:How to setup Straight Talk data and picture messaging on Android

How to setup Straight Talk data and picture messaging on Android
Follow the instructions that came with the SIM to activate it online at straighttalksim.com or http://www.net10sim.com or by calling 1-855-222-2355. Insert the SIM in the phone and turn it on. Make a test call to be sure your SIM really is active. Sometimes it takes a little while for the activation to process. If you still can't make voice calls after an hour, call Straight Talk's dedicated BYOP SIM support number at 855-222-2355. There's no point in trying to set up data until the SIM is active. Once you can make calls:

1. On the Android Home Screen, press the Menu key, then tap Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names.
2. You should now be on the APNs screen (image below, left), press the Menu key and tap "New APN"
3. Enter the values listed below in each field. There are additional fields on the screen that aren't listed below, leave them blank.

In June, 2013 Straight Talk and NET10 changed the settings for AT&T based SIMs. But many accounts are still using the old values. Try the "New" settings first, if they don't work try the "Old" settings.

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Quote:2. Straight Talk recommends using proxy.mvno.tracfone.com but doing so causes speedtest.net and some other sites to be blocked. There are no known problems with leaving the proxy field blank.
3. Straight Talk recommends using mms3.tracfone.com which resolves to 66.209.11.33. Some users have reported that picture messaging is more reliable with 66.209.11.33.
4. If the APN Type field is a dropdown, choose "internet+mms".
5. If data or MMS don't work try using 216.155.165.40 in the proxy and MMS proxy fields.

4. Press the Menu key and tap Save.
5. Set the Straight Talk APN as the active APN by tapping the radio button to its right until it turns green as shown in the image below right.
6. Delete any other APNs if possible. To delete, tap the APN name to open it, then press the Menu key and tap delete. Some phones won't let you delete the Operator (AT&T or T-Mobile) APNs. If that's the case just be sure the Straight Talk APN is selected as indicated by the green dot next to it (image below, right.
7. Turn the phone off and back on and try to open a web page. If it doesn't work see the troubleshooting section below.

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Android specific troubleshooting:
If you have followed the above steps and data does not work, go back to the Access Point Names screen and be sure that the Straight Talk APN is still selected. If it's not, reselect it and try opening a page in the browser. Double check all the entries on the APN setup screen. A missing or extra space, period or other character will keep data and/or picture messaging from working.

Some phones tend to switch back to the AT&T or T-Mobile APN. If this is happening try to delete the other APNs. If the APNs are locked and the delete button is disabled go to the Play Store on the phone and install the APN Backup and Restore App by Ritesh Sahu. Use the app to backup your APNs and then delete the APNs. It will delete all of them, so you will have to re-add the Straight Talk one.

If data still isn't working see the General Troubleshooting section at the bottom of this post. The Howard Forums Straight Talk Android Wiki is also an excellent resource.

Quote:How to setup Straight Talk data and picture messaging on the iPhone:

Follow the instructions that came with the SIM to activate it online at straighttalksim.com or http://www.net10sim.com or by calling 1-855-222-2355. Insert the SIM in the phone and turn it on. Make a test call to be sure your SIM really is active. Sometimes it takes a little while for the activation to process. If you still can't make voice calls after an hour, call Straight Talk's dedicated BYOP SIM support number at 855-222-2355. There's no point in trying to set up data until the SIM is active. Once you can make calls:

For T-Mobile based SIMs only:
  • Go to Settings > General > Cellular
  • Verify that Cellular Data Network is set to On.
  • Select Cellular Data Network.
  • In the Cellular Data Section enter the following values:
  • APN: wap.tracfone
  • Leave the Username and Password fields blank.
  • In the MMS section enter the following values:
  • APN: epc.tmobile.com
  • Leave the Username and Password fields blank.
  • MMSC: http://mms.tracfone.com
  • MMS Proxy: leave blank
  • MMS Max Message Size: 1048576
  • MMS UA Prof URL: http://www.apple.com/mms/uaprof.rdf
  • Press the Home button to save the APNs and exit to the main screen.
  • Go to Settings > Messages
  • Set MMS Messaging to On
  • Press the Home button to save and exit to the main screen.
  • Turn the device off and on
  • Turn WiFi off (Settings > WiFi) and test connectivity and picture messaging

AT&T based SIMs: iPhones will recognize a Straight Talk or NET10 AT&T SIM as an AT&T one and configure themselves for AT&T postpaid and then lock the settings so they can't be changed.

To override the AT&T settings, you need to use a Straight Talk webapp to push the Straight Talk/NET10 data settings to the phone using WiFi. This will configure data (browsing, email, etc.), but not picture messaging, on any iPhone, whether jailbroken or not:

If data doesn't work it may be because your NET10 or Straight Talk account is configured to use the "old" settings. To setup your iphone with the old settings:
  • Connect to WiFi and go to http://unlockit.co.nz/ with Safari on the iPhone.
  • On the Unlockit site, tap "Create APN".
  • Choose County: United States, Carrier: Straight Talk and tap the "Create APN" button.
  • Tap "Install".
  • Turn the phone off and on and test that the web works.

There are several ways to setup MMS picture messaging on the iPhone that's using an AT&T based NET10 or Straight Talk SIM. The methods and steps vary depending the model of the iPhone and whether or not the phone is jail-broken and/or unlocked. Here are instructions that work for phones whether they are jail-broken or not. This method requires a non-AT&T, non-AT&T MVNO SIM card. A T-Mobile SIM or a non US SIM will work. The SIM can be active, inactive or expired :
  • Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings to clear out any old settings
  • Turn off WiFi
  • Go to Settings > General > Cellular and set Cellular Data "ON"
  • Insert the non-AT&T compatible SIM card
  • When "Cellular Data Network" appears tap it.
  • Quickly remove the non-AT&T SIM card and replace it with the Straight Talk or NET10 SIM
  • The Cellular Data Network menu may disappear, that's OK.
  • Wait a minute or two for the phone to read the SIM.
  • When the the signal bars reappear at the top left of the screen enter the following settings. Use the "New" settings, if they don't work try the old settings (NET10/Straight Talk is in the process of changing every AT&T users settings)
  • In the Cellular Data section, enter:
  • APN: tfdata (or att.mvno for older accounts)
  • Leave the Username and Password fields blank.
  • In the MMS section enter the following values:
  • APN: tfdata (or att.mvno for older accounts)
  • Leave the Username and Password fields blank.
  • MMSC: http://mms-tf.net (or http://mmsc.cingular.com:80 for older accounts)
  • MMS Proxy: 66.209.11.33:80
  • MMS Max Message Size: 1048576
  • MMS UA Prof URL: http://www.apple.com/mms/uaprof.rdf
  • Press the Home button to save the APNs and exit to the main screen.
  • Go to Settings > Messages
  • Set MMS Messaging to On
  • Press the Home button to save and exit to the main screen.
  • Turn the device off and on

Refer to the Howard Forums Straight Talk iPhone WiKi for ways to set up a jail-broken iPhone that don't require a non-AT&T SIM.

Apple or AT&T occasionally sends "Carrier updates" over the air to iPhones using AT&T based SIMs. These updates reset the iPhone's data settings to the default AT&T ones which do not work with NET10 or Straight Talk. If your data stops working after a carrier update you need redo the settings.

Quote:How to setup Straight Talk data and picture messaging on Windows Phone:

Follow the instructions that came with the SIM to activate it online at straighttalksim.com or http://www.net10sim.com or by calling 1-855-222-2355. Insert the SIM in the phone and turn it on. Make a test call to be sure your SIM really is active. Sometimes it takes a little while for the activation to process. If you still can't make voice calls after an hour, call Straight Talk's dedicated BYOP SIM support number at 855-222-2355. There's no point in trying to set up data until the SIM is active. Once you can make calls:

Data Only Setup:
To set up data on any Windows Phone:
1. Tap the arrow icon in the top right corner of the home screen to go to the main menu.
2. Tap Settings > Cellular and set Data connection to On.
3. Tap Add apn (WP7) or Add internet apn (WPCool.
4. On the APN Settings screen enter tfdata (or att.mvno for older customers) in the APN field if you are using an AT&T SIM.
If you are using a T-Mobile SIM, enter wap.tracfone. Leave the other fields blank. Tap the disk icon to save the settings
5. Be sure WiFi is off. Open the browser and test your connection by trying to load a website.

MMS and Data Setup:
Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 doesn't allow users to change MMS settings directly (Windows Phone 8 does). However Nokia and Samsung have both created apps that give full access to MMS and Data settings. The Nokia app works with all Nokia Windows Phone 7.n models but the Samsung app only works with the Samsung Focus Flash, Samsung Focus 2 and Samsung Focus S. It doesn't work with the original Samsung Focus.

There's no way to configure Windows 7 phones from HTC, Dell or LG to work with Straight Talk MMS.

The process of setting up MMS varies from one Windows Phone 7 model to another. There are too many variations to describe here. Fortunately there's a great site called StraightTalkWindows.com that is dedicated to helping users setup Straight Talk data and MMS on Windows phones. The MMS setup instructions include screenshots and are very detailed and easy to follow.

Windows Phone 8
With Windows Phone 8 MMS settings are fully accessible. To configure MMS on all Windows Phone 8 devices:

1. Tap the arrow icon in the top right corner of the home screen to go to the main menu.
2. Tap Settings > Cellular.
3. Tap Add mms apn.
4. On the APN Settings screen enter the following values:

For an AT&T SIM:
APN: tfdata (or att.mvno for older customers)
WAP Gateway: 66.209.11.33
WAP Gateway Port: 80
MMSC : http://mms-tf.net (or http://mmsc.cingular.com for older customers)

For a T-Mobile SIM:
APN:wap.tracfone
WAP Gateway Port :leave blank
MMSC: http://mms.tracfone.com
MMSC Port: 80

5. Leave the other fields blank. Tap the disk icon to save the settings

Quote:Troubleshooting - All Phones

If you've followed the instructions and your data or picture messaging do not work:
1) Double check your typing. Everything has to match exactly to work. A missing or extra space, period or other character will keep data and/or picture messaging from working.
2) Turn your phone off and back on and try to connect.
3) Even though the SIM is active for voice calls it can take up to an hour before the account is fully configured and data and MMS work. If your are still having problems after an hour, call Straight talk's BYOP department at 855-222-2355 and ask them to check that data is enabled on your account.
4. If problems persist, submit a support ticket on Straight Talk's Facebook page or contact Straight Talk's \"Executive Resolutions Dept.\" number at 1-305-715-6500, Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM



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[APN] How to Setup Straight Talk Data and MMS on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone
It has become apparent that there are both GSM and CDMA versions of certain phones, with differing APN's. We have been able to fix a member's issue by locating the CDMA APN that applies to his particular phone, so I'm also posting that info here for general consumption.

The following is a Straight Talk APN that uses the Sprint CDMA network:

Quote:Name TracFone_US
Apn Sprint
username Sprint
Mmsc http:// mms.plspictures.com
Mms proxy 68.28.31.7
MMS port 80
MCC 310
MNC 00
Authentication type PAP or CHAP
Apn type *
Apn Protocol IPv4

EDIT: Found a Sprint MMS APN, posting the link.

http://www.mediafire.com/view/?34lvwqe87fqn183

You can download the file and use APN Backup & Restore to apply it. Correct MCC and MNC numbers have been applied to the text portion of this post in the quote, as found in the APN file.

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RE: [APN] How to Setup Straight Talk Data and MMS on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone
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RE: [APN] How to Setup Straight Talk Data and MMS on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone
Great info! I'm wondering how to flash my Verizon CDMA HTC 8x phone to Straight Talk or Net 10? It has a bad ESN and is 4gLTE but I'm hoping it can be done. No GSM providers in my rural area, so it needs to work on Verizon towers. Anyone here up for the task? Willing to pay for flashing service. Thanks. mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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[APN] How to Setup Straight Talk Data and MMS on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone
With a bad ESN, you won't be able to flash it to work on any Verizon MVNO without doing things that are questionable with regard to legality. However, you would be able to flash or have it flashed to other CDMA carriers which will add the ESN into their system, such as cricket. You probably won't be able to use LTE, but that's to be expected.

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RE: [APN] How to Setup Straight Talk Data and MMS on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone
Thanks for the reply. No Cricket data service here in my area. Any other CDMA prepaid carriers?

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[APN] How to Setup Straight Talk Data and MMS on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone
None I can think of offhand who actually provide their own network instead of using a major carrier's. The ESN can be overcome, but again you're talking about basically having it masquerade as a different phone with a good ESN, which is a dicey proposition in regards to FCC laws, a very gray area if you will.

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