How to Set up Net10 Wireless Data and MMS on Your Nexus 5 Running Android 4.4

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Getting Started

I wrote this guide to share with you how I set up my Net10 Wireless data/internet connection and MMS picture messaging on my Google LG Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 (KitKat). While this guide shows how I set up my Nexus 5, I would expect it would work with other phones running Android 4.x.

What This Guide Will Help You With

This guide is meant to show you, a new or existing Net10 Wireless customer, how to set up phone to use the Internet, MMS Picture Messages, and Group Texts. You should have a active Net10 AT&T network compatible or T-Mobile network compatible SIM already to insert into your Nexus 5.

What This Guide Will Not Help You With

If you are unable to make or receive voice calls or send/receive SMS text messages this guide will not fix those problems.

If You Are Looking for..

If you were searching the Internet for Net10 Wireless, Nexus 5, APN, MMS APN, MMS Proxy, MMSC, tfdata, wap.tracfone, att.mvno, mms.tracfone.com, http://mms-tf.met, http://mmsc.cingular.com, 66.209.11.33, 66.209.11.32 or 216.155.165.40, then this is probably site you are searching for. Don’t worry if you don’t know what any of those terms mean. This guide will show you step-by-step what do to.

Phone and SIM information

My phone is Google Nexus 5 (Black 32 GB) that I ordered from directly from Google Play. The phone is carrier unlocked so it can be used on either the ATT or T-Mobile network. My phone is running Android 4.4.

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I have an activated Net10 Wireless Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) ATT network-compatible micro SIM. I ordered my SIM directly from the Net10 Wireless so that I would get one of the new 4G LTE compatible SIMs that are now available.

Click Next Page >> below to begin reading the guide.


71 comments on “How to Set up Net10 Wireless Data and MMS on Your Nexus 5 Running Android 4.4
  1. ethan says:

    Nice job. Thanks!

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Ethan,
      That is great news. Thanks for taking the time to comment. If you use social media, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. In addition to keeping up with latest updates at smartphonematters you would be helping us launch social media efforts. click here
      Regards
      Bob

  2. Luis says:

    Thank you for your guide, it worked perfectly!!

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Luis,
      That is great news. Thanks for taking the time to comment. If you use social media, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. In addition to keeping up with latest updates at smartphonematters you would be helping us launch social media efforts. click here
      Regards
      Bob

    • Mike V says:

      Still not working. Have the tfdata settings loaded in both the system settings and Hangouts settings. Getting LTE or H data connectivity and can send MMS but cannot receive MMS. Help! Thanks!

      • Bob Thompson says:

        Hi Mike,

        f you recently signed up for Straight Talk and transferred your phone number it may take a few days before you can receive MMS picture messages. I had the same issue. I set up three Straight Talk accounts. MMS worked fine for the two with new phone numbers. I could not receive MMS for the third, the one I transferred a number to. I tried the SIM in two different phone and it did not work. After a few days I decided to see if I could try to fix it, only to find it working.

        This is a common problem. You can also try setting your APN type to default, mms, wap or default, mms, supl. Some readers have had luck by trying different MMSC and MMS proxy values. Read both the following articles and the comments to see what has worked for others.

        Help with Straight Talk and Net10 MMS Picture Messages and I Can’t Receive MMS Picture Messages Using Straight Talk or Net10 on My iPhone Using iOS 7.0.4
        Let me know how it goes.
        Regards
        Bob

  3. Danny says:

    I have tried all apn settings and still no mms. The phone is a Tmobile lg g2

  4. briana says:

    i have galaxy s4 running android 4.4.2 and i can not get the mms to receive but i can send. im on net 10′s $50 plan.

  5. Jim H says:

    I have a Nexus 5 with Net10 AT&T Sim that can’t send pictures with text (mms). I can send pictures using Voxer.

    The only APN that works is:
    APN Name: Net10
    APN: tfdata
    MMSC: http://mms-tf.net
    MMS Proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
    MMS Port: 80

    I see on Net10 they have another setting for MMS_APN: tfdata which is not found on my Nexus 5.

    Crazy thing is my wife has a Nexus 4 with the exact same settings and it works fine. My father in law has a Nexus 5 with Straight Talk using the APN with WAP with no issues. If I copied his APN to my phone and I loose data and texting all together.

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Jim,
      Some phones allow you to set different APNs for MMS and data. The Nexus 5 does not. I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that Voxer doesn’t use MMS to send pictures. It uses your data connection.

      Many people have issues getting MMS working correctly with Straight Talk and Net10 Wireless. Sometimes its the phone, sometimes it their service, and sometimes the problem is a combination.

      If you are new to Net10 sometimes it starts working after a few days. Especially after if you ported a phone number. Some people are able to get it to work by tweaking the MMSC and MMS proxy values. Try changing that mms3 to mms2. Make sure to set the MCC and MNC to 310 and 410 respectively.

      You can try changing the APN, but i don’t thik it will help. your data will stop working.

      You can also do a Reset to default” in the APNs screen, remove any existing APNs, and enter a new one fresh
      Regards
      Bob

  6. Kyle says:

    I have a HTC one AT&T branded with net 10byop I use the tfdata got sms, data, can make and receive calls but I can’t get mms ever since updating to kit Kat! It worked prior to the update and now it always fails. I can see ones sent to me but can’t download them. And always fails trying to send

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Kyle,
      Try removing your MMS proxy. You can also try doing a “Reset to Default” in the APNs screen, and adding the APN again.If that doesn’t work, consider backing up the phone and doing a factory reset.

      Regards
      Bob

  7. Susan says:

    Since you asked another user about cost savings, I thought I’d let you know how I decided to buy an unlocked Nexus 5 and Net10 service. My partner and I had a family plan with Verizon that cost about $93/mo including 700 shared minutes, 250 texts, taxes, etc. We had two lines and these were not smart phones, just flip phones for voice and text.

    My partner needed a new flip phone so we ordered a basic model from Net10 with a $15 limited minutes plan just to try it out. The phone was only $5 plus $7 shipping! We ported the number, signed up for a auto refill monthly plan, and within minutes he was off Verizon.

    In the Columbus, OH area, the signal is excellent. We constantly had dropped calls with Verizon, and their solution was to try to sell us a signal booster for $200. I had to always make calls from a bathroom where the signal was strongest. Since he had such good luck with his phone, I ordered a Nexus 5, protective case, and sim card.

    My plan will cost $45/mo, so plus his $15/mo plan we’re saving $33 dollars each month. In about 14 months we’ll recover the cost of my phone. If we’d added a smart phone to Verizon, our bill would have gone up to about $123 per month. We’re paying less than half of that for excellent service, plus no contract. Not to mention the cost of a Galaxy or iPhone with a contract-it wouldn’t have been free, even with rebates.

    Thanks again for your help!

    When we reviewed our text and voice usage, we decided it would be worth a little extra to have one phone with unlimited usage up to 2.5GB. We use my phone for lengthy calls to family, tech support, etc. I haven’t downloaded much but browsing the internet is very fast with or without wifi. I’m leaving my friends’ HTC and iPhone in the dust.

    Overall Net10 is a great way to save money without compromising service or getting tied down with a contract. I loved my pay-as-you-go phone when I lived in England 10 years ago and couldn’t understand why everyone in the US was buying contracts.

    Susan

  8. Susan says:

    Hi Bob,

    Your tutorial was amazing. I had no idea where to start and you took me through it step by step. I followed your steps and easily set up data and MMS picture messages on the first try.

    The fact that you had such a great tutorial available made buying my unlocked Nexus 5 and Net10 sim card a little less scary. This is my first smart phone (I know, welcome to the new millenia).

    I used these settings:
    APN: wap.tracfone
    MMSC: http://mms.tracfone.com
    MMS proxy: 216.155.165.40
    MMS proxy port: 8080

    A note on actually activating my phone: I received my phone and sim card in the mail. I could not for love or money get my phone activated by purchasing a Net10 plan online. This may be because I was porting my number from Verizon.

    I had to buy a $50 minutes card at a retailer so I had a PIN to enter when prompted during the port process. I plan to sign up for the $50 monthly unlimited plan with auto refill so it will cost $45/mo.

    Thanks again for your awesome tutorial. I really appreciate the work you put into making it so detailed.

    Susan

  9. Rick K says:

    Net10 – Lost data service after changing from $50 to $40 monthly plan.

    Phone type: Google Nexus 5

    I originally had the $50 a month plan with a $5 discount for auto enrollment and just recently changed. Upon changing plans all data stopped working. It wasn’t until playing around with the APN settings that I was able to restore all data.

    I’m not sure if others experience this, but I had to specify the APN type as the original value is set to “not set”. After changing this I was able to finally connect.

    For those who want to see all of the settings that I used to restore connectivity please see below.

    NAME: NET10_40plan
    APN: att.mvno
    Proxy: Not set
    Port: Not set
    Username: Not set
    Password: Not set
    Server: Not set
    MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
    MMS PROXY: 66.209.11.33
    MMS PORT: 80
    MCC: 310
    MNC: 410
    Authentication Type: None
    APN Type: default,supl,mms
    APN Protocol: IPv4/IPv6
    APN Roaming Protocol: IPv4/IPv6
    Bearer: Unspecefied
    MVNO type: None

    Thank you for putting together this site it definitely helped me in my efforts to restore connectivity.

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Rick,
      Thank you for talking the time to comment. I had always heard people say they needed to set the APN type on Android phones. I was surprised I didn’t have to. I don’t know why it worked without it and then it needed later. I don’t know why MMS is so problematic.

      I recently noticed the new Net10 tiered plans as well. Do you get the $5 discount on the $40 a month plan? I have been meaning to write a post about the new plans. If I may ask you a few questions.
      what is your net savings per month after the change?
      Did you measure / track your data usage and realize that you dont need the 2.5GB of data?

      These new tiered plans could turn out to be create for consumers.

    • Rob says:

      Rick, I had the same problem when switching from $50 to $40 plan. I fixed it but now can’t get LTE. Any suggestions?

      Thanks

      • Bob Thompson says:

        Hi Rob,
        How long have you been without LTE? I assume you have restarted your phone. I know that sometimes it takes a while to get an lte connection. Are you you using the att or tmobile sim?

        • Rob says:

          I’m using att and it has only been today that this has started

          thanks

        • Rob says:

          Bob, here is my situation:

          First month on net10 I had $50 plan and used this:
          APN: tfdata
          MMSC: http://mms-tf.net
          MMS Proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
          MMS proxy port: 80

          Everything worked fine

          Yesterday I swictched to $40 plan and data stopped working. I then switched to these settings:
          APN: att.mvno
          MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
          MMS Proxy: 66.209.11.33
          MMS proxy port: 80

          Now it works EXCEPT I can’t get LTE AND I can’t recieve MMS (I can send MMS)

          I’ve tried all the different MMS settings.

          Would appretiate any suggestions

          Thanks! Rob

          • Bob Thompson says:

            Hi Rob,
            I don’t what the issue with the LTE is. When you swapped to the 40 plan, it looks like your account was re-provisioned to a new APN. In that process receiving MMS stopped working.i Carly,
            This is a common problem. I set up an additional account this week and have the same problem. Try the suggestions here See Help with Straight Talk and Net10 MMS Picture Messages

            You might have some luck by calling Net10 and see if you can get them to switch you to the tfdata APN. They might do it for you. Just keep telling them, that one worked for you.

            You could also try factory reset on your phone. Which might help with the LTE issue. Check the settings too make sure network mode is LTE.
            Regards
            Bob

          • Rob says:

            Bob,

            Problem solved! I changed the last number of the MMS Proxy: 66.209.11.33 to 66.209.11.32. Everything else the same. I saw that proxy number a few places online so thought I’d try it. Still no LTE but to be honest I don’t care about that as I’m on wifi 95% of time. MMS works like a dream & in fact now I am able to send/receive much larger pictures. Please pass along this info, as us Net10 BYOP folks are left to wander in the wilderness. Thanks for your help and this informative website. All the best. Rob

          • Bob Thompson says:

            Hi Rob,
            That is great news. Yes I know I have that .32 proxy listed someplace on the site. Glad it’s working. I have a theory on the LTE too. I had to update my net10 att sim to go from 4g to 4g lte. I have encountered some people with older sims that get lte, the speed was slower. I am wondering if you transferred to a new sim specifically sold as 4g lte compatible is that would solve the problem. That is, if you are willing to switch after you go it working again.

            Regards
            Bob

  10. BB says:

    I just (Jan 2014) got the Nexus 5, 32 gb. Bought my AT&T micro SIM card off Amazon, got a first month plan from Walmart.com.

    I was having a lot of trouble getting my LTE mobile data to work; trying different combinations.

    I finally got it to work by:
    - deleting all other APNs
    - following instructions here http://www.net10byop.com/program.php for AT&T

  11. Alex says:

    Hi Bob,
    So I just bought a Nexus 5 and almost everything is going perfect. My LTE speeds were great and SMS is working. But then I tried MMS, I did get sending to work, but receiving just won’t work.

    I have an ATT micro Sim Card and my LTE signal seems strong. What else should I try???

    I’ve used these settings primarily.

    APN: tfdata
    MMSC:http://mms-tf.net
    MMS Proxy: mms2.tracfone.com and mms3.tracfone.com
    MMS Port: 80

  12. Patrick says:

    I had my Nexus 5 working with everything… Last night I order online for the next month but with a higher data limit… Since then my phone will not connect unless I’m using wifi… I was using tfdata with mms2.tracfone.com… any suggestions?

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Patrick,
      If your data doesn’t work. I would.
      1. Power your phone on and off
      2. Remove any APNs.
      3. Create a new APN
      4. enter only the name and APN tfdata
      5. test internet
      6. if it doesn’t work. Try att.mvno and wap.tracfone for the APN

      Let me know how it goes.
      Regards
      Bob

  13. Joel says:

    Are we supposed to delete two other two APNs in the list? If so, how? The other two APNs show as active. Is there a way to deactivate them? Thanks!

  14. enganear says:

    Thank you for this. There is a typo on the Net10 online instructions.
    Net10: MMSC: http://mms.tf.net – Does not work
    Your page: MMSC: http://mms-tf.net – WORKS!

    You saved me a lot of grief and hours on the phone with customer service.

  15. Andrew says:

    Hello Bob,
    I have been trying to get my friend’s phone to receive MMS, it currently can send MMS/SMS, make/receive calls, and access internet. The APN that works is the tfdata and that was figured out early on. I have tried almost every combination of MMSC and MMS settings you provided but still no luck getting it work. Some of the settings would make it so it wouldn’t send the messages and still unable to send. I have also cleared the cache as you recommended to Garrett and no change is made. The most I can get it do when it comes to receiving a MMS is to show a message was received but not able to download the actual image. I have hit a wall and can not think of anything else. I did manage to get it to work on a custom ROM but can’t remember the settings that I used! If you can recommend anything that would be awesome!!

    Thank you,
    Andrew

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Andrew,

      Since November, many Straight Talk & Net10 customers are reporting problems receiving MMS. I dont have a solution. Some people manage to fix the problem by changing MMS proxy and MMSC values. Some have transferred service to a new SIM card. A few have reported calling the carrier and getting them to update their systems to get it to work. Unfortunately, no one solution seems to work for a large group of people.

      You can look at some of the MMSC / MMS proxy results reported here: I Can’t Receive MMS Picture Messages Using Straight Talk or Net10 on My iPhone Using iOS 7.0.4. Check the comments to see what others have reported working for them.

      Keep checking the site. I’ll update as I find out more details.
      Regards
      Bob

  16. Andrew says:

    Hey Bob,
    I have been trying to get another phone, although running Gingerbread, to receive MMS and it will receive that one was sent but will not download the image. I have tried every combination I can think of to get it to work but have been met with failure. Sending is easy, most of the combinations worked to send, except for the mms.tracfone.net 216.155.165.40 8080. I have tried clearing the cache, again almost every combination of MMSC MMC info you have posted, including the ones you recommended for Garrett. APN for the phone is tfdata, if you could think of anything that would be great! I have hit a wall and have ran out of ideas.

  17. johnnie says:

    Works great

  18. Lizzy says:

    I too want to thank the author of this forum for such a thorough explanation of how to get data to work on the Nexus 5. The instructions here got me as far as understanding I had to change the APN. I found the settings that worked for my Nexus 5 at the link Steve ( below ) found: http://www.net10byop.com/program.php. But be sure you pay attention to the top tabs in the web page, choosing the correct carrier. I chose AT&T and it worked instantly. Thanks very much Bob.

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Lizzy,
      You are welcome. BTW.. Steve didn’t notice I had all those settings in the guide? Did you not see them as well? I wonder if I need to make that part clearer?

      Glad you up and running
      Regards
      Bob

  19. Garrett Goss says:

    Mine is not working with any of the listed APN settings. LTE data works well with the tfdata APN, but I cannot receive MMS messages (though I can send) with any of the MMS settings unless I use the wap.tracfone APN and forego LTE data. I have troubleshooted extensively with Net10 support (even after “escalating” several support levels) to move avail. Hopefully you can help.

    Thanks in advance for the help, and thanks for the great guide!
    Garrett

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Garrett,
      This last week many Net10 customers are reporting issues receiving MMS on all types of phones. There doesn’t seem to be any reliable fix. You might be able to come up with a workaround.

      1. try using the MMS proxy mms2.tracfone.com instead of mms3.tracfone.com
      2.Try using the MMSC and MMS proxy listed with the wap.tracfone APN with the the tfdata APN.
      3. try using the wap.tracfone APN, and keep an eye on your connection speed. On some phones, you’ll see the LTE drop to 4G or H when sending and receiving MMS and then return to LTE shortly after.

      Let me know how it goes.
      Regards
      Bob

      • Courtney says:

        Hi Bob,
        Thanks for these excellent guides, I really appreciate all of the effort you’ve clearly put into this site. I have a Nexus 4, and I use Net10 with an AT&T simcard. Since it upgraded to KitKat a week or two ago, I haven’t been able to send or receive MMS messages. I’ve tried all of the different APNs that you describe here, including the workarounds above, and none of them have resulted in success. I’m really starting to think it’s on Net10/AT&T’s end, which is frustrating. Do you have any other suggestions or tips?

        Thanks so much,
        Courtney

        • Bob Thompson says:

          Hi Courtney,
          Yes there are some things you can try. And yes it might be a Net10 issue. A lot of people have been having trouble receiving MMS the last 3 + weeks.

          First, try turning off WiFi and see if you can send and receive an MMS. Try sending one to yourself too and see what happens.
          Let me know.
          Regards
          Bob

          • Courtney says:

            Hi Bob,

            Thanks for your response! I tried all of these with my WiFi off, and no joy. Further suggestions?

            Thanks again,
            Courtney

          • Bob Thompson says:

            Hi Courtney,
            I think I replied to you by email.. Let me know if I did not.
            Regards
            Bob

          • Courtney says:

            Thanks again, Bob, for all of your help. Android released an update (to Android 4.4.2) and now they’re working again, with the standard Net10 APN settings. Good luck to everyone else!

      • Garrett Goss says:

        I’ve tried all of your suggestions, without any luck. The only APN I get any data with is tfdata, and non of your included MMS settings work with that on my phone. Stock everything, 4.4, 4.4.1, or 4.4.2, even after a whole billing cycle (after which some people claim their MMSes begin to work). Hopefully you can provide some additional insight. I am in Miami, FL and virtually always have 4 bars and LTE, for what it is worth.

        Thanks again,
        Garrett

        • Bob Thompson says:

          Hi Garret,
          Did you try
          APN: tfdata
          MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
          MMS Proxy: 66.209.11.33
          MMS Port: 80
          ——————————————–
          APN–tfdata
          MMSC–http://mms-tf.net
          MMS Proxy–66.209.11.33
          MMS Port 80

          I had a reader who reset his cache and it worked for him. Let me know if you want to try that.
          Regards
          Bob

  20. Steve Brenan says:

    This website is amazing – this is hands down the most descriptive, detailed, and helpful guide I have seen on how to do this. I will be sure to link to your site when helping my friends make the switch from their carrier to net10.

    Great work!

  21. Steve says:

    I found more specific APN setting entries on Net10′s website: http://www.net10byop.com/program.php

    I was having issues with the instructions Net10 gave when I purchased the SIM card, it wouldn’t get a data connection. I found this guide, but that also didn’t get things to work.

    Once I entered the settings for AT&T phones that were listed in the above link, everything worked great. They have different settings for T-Mobile, and then another set of settings for ‘all other carriers’.

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi steve,
      Thanks for the comment. I am a little confused though. Which set of APN settings are on the net10 site that are not on page 5 of the guide? Or was the guide not clear are that you needed to try the different settings? The guide is new so if there is something confusing I want to fix it.
      Thanks
      Bob

  22. Matt says:

    There are two other APNs in the list, but the NET10 APN is selected. I’ve tried turning the phone off and on again with not luck, and when I test the data the wifi was turned off. I don’t see any LTE symbol, but most of the time I have full signal bars.

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Matt,
      When you test data, there should be some sort of network connection indicator. I’ve seen LTE and H on my phone, I assume I’d se 3G and E as well. Do you have another phone you could test this sim in? Can you test in a different location, and see if you get the lte indicator?

      I am going to check a few things on my phones settings

      Let me know.

      Regards
      Bob

  23. Matt says:

    I have two other APNs in the list but the NET10 APN is selected. I test the data with my WiFi turned off. I don’t see a LTE service indicator, but most of the time I do have full bars.

  24. Matt says:

    I just got my white Nexus 5 32G and just switched over to Net10 and after following all the steps in this guide I still cant get my data to work.

    • Bob Thompson says:

      Hi Matt,
      Are voice and MMS working? Are you using the Net10 ATT or Net10 TMobile SIM? (Blue or Pink)? Using the tfdata APN?
      Let me know, you are the first commenter on my guide so I want to get you up and running. I think the Nexus 5 is pretty cool!
      Regards
      Bob

      • Matt says:

        Voice and SMS are working. I am using the tfdata APN but still no luck. I love the Nexus 5 so far even without data yet.

        • Bob Thompson says:

          matt
          Do you know which SIM you have? Blue or Pink ATT / TMobile?

          • Matt says:

            I have the ATT micro sim

          • Bob Thompson says:

            Matt,
            When you add the new APN there are two in the others in the list. Did you confirm the net10 one was active? After setting the APN did you try rebooting phone? When you try to test data with wifi is off. Do you see an LTE, or other network indicator in the status bar? Can you email me a screen shot? Press power and volume down att he same time to take a screen shot

            Regards
            Bob

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