Help Setting up Straight Talk Data and MMS on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Running Android 4

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217 Comments

  1. janice | | Reply

    My galaxy s3 will not connect to facebook without using wifi. But I can use google or open my emails through my phones data… what should I do?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Janice
      Look in your settings app to make sure you have cellular data enabled for the Facebook app.

  2. june | | Reply

    How do I set up voice mailbox on galaxy s4

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      try tapping the voice mail icon at the bottom of the phone app screen. If that doesn’t work try long pressing the 1 key on the dialer.

  3. Heather | | Reply

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 from T-Mobile and I can’t get the Straight Talk data or MMS to work. I can text and call but that is all. I contacted Straight Talk’s customer support but they couldn’t help. Here are the APN settings that Straight talk told me to imput.

    Name: straight talk
    APN: wap.tracfone
    Proxy: 216.155.165.40
    Port: 8080
    Username: not set
    Password: not set
    Server: not set
    MMSC: http://mms.tracfone.com
    Multimedia message proxy: not set
    Multimedia message port: not set
    MCC: 310
    MNC: 260
    Authentication type: not set
    APN Type: default,supl,mms
    APN Protocol: IPv4/IPv6
    APN Roaming Protocol: IPV4
    Bearer: Unspecified
    Mobile virtual network operator: none

  4. Wayne | | Reply

    Sorry if I sound redundant, I bought a straight talk phone about 5 months ago (new from Wal-Mart) but I have the byop SIM card in it and I can’t send mms.there is no Apn settings area in my phone, vpn but no Apn, I’ve looked ALL OVER trying to fix this. Am i missing something or just technically inept? Please and thank you for any and all help.
    -Wayne
    Model# sch-s968c
    Version 4.2.1
    Also I’ve read that my phone has an update from its current kernel version but says it’s “up too date” when I click the check for updates?
    Thanks again!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Wayne,
      I am a little confused as to how you are using this with a BYOP SIM. The sch-s968c model S3 is a 3G only phone for the Verizon network. Are you sure you are using it with a BYOP sim? if so, do you know which Straight Talk network you are using? ATT or TMobile? Is your data working?

      I don’t have one of these phones, but it is likely you can’t find the APN settings because its a Verizon network phone and they purposely hide the APN settings.

      Regards
      Bob

    • JERRY | | Reply

      MY STRAIGHT TALK CELL I JUST BOUGHT HAD NO APN SETTING ANYWHERE FOUND OUT BY ST HELP IT WAS FLASHED TO SPRINT AND ST SET IT TO WORK WITH A NO SIMCARD SETTING WORKED OUT GREAT

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Hi jerry,
        For straight talks sprint and Verizon network, the APN is automatically set. You only need to set the APN for their ATT and T-Mobile networks.

  5. Erik | | Reply

    I REALLY hope someone can help me.
    I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 SVH-E210K from South Korea, Android version 4.4.4, it’s unlocked. I live in USA and have been using Straight Talk for some years now, so I’m familiar with the power drill to your forehead when dealing with their tech support…

    I activated an AT&T SIM Card to swap my service over to from another SIM card, followed ST’s directions for APN settings, and I can make calls/texts just fine – but that’s it. No Data connection, not up or down (not without wifi, that is). I randomly get the 3G symbol, but only with the arrow going “up”, not “down”. I’ve tried probably a dozen or more variations of APN settings, and what I really need is simply this – the settings from someone who activated one of these particular phones on ST here in the USA!
    I’ve read it’s possible, plenty seem to post saying “Ya, I got it working just great and it’s awesome!”… and never post the bloody APN settings :-/

    I’ll answer any questions… just please… help!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Erik,
      I don’t think the issue is the APN settings. Setting the APN isnt going to help your phone get signal. Your phone uses it to connect to the internet when connected to the carrier network. I’d look in the settings, what network does your phone show its connected to? I looked up the specs for your phone, looks like your phone would be 3G compatible but not 4G LTE compatible.

      you can look up your APN here:http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/support/apn
      what does it say your APN is?

      • Erik | | Reply

        APN Settings
        FIELD SETTINGS
        APN tfdata
        MMSC http://mms-tf.net
        MMS PROXY mms3.tracfone.com
        MMS PORT 80
        MMS_APN tfdata

        To clarify, I have cellular service on the phone – I can call and regular text just fine back and forth. I can’t send or receive MMS, nor can I access any data stream(i.e., internet), unless I’m on WIFI.

        As for the network it says it’s connected to, it currently says HOME.

        And yea… I know it won’t access the USA 4G LTE bandwidths (dammit!) but ya know, for having a phone that’s pretty much as powerful as one of the newer quad-core tablets, I’m really happy 😉

        • Erik | | Reply

          Anyone? Help? This still isn’t resolved… 🙁

          • Bob Thompson | |

            I don’t have a solution. If it were me I’d try an ATT SIM in your phone and see if it works. Borrow one from a friend. Or stop by and ATT store and tell them you are thinking of switching to ATT prepaid and want to see if it will work with your phone. They should be able to let you try a SIM. Go when the store isnt busy.
            This will tell you if the issue is Straight Talk or the ATT network.

            Everything else you described seems right, your APN settings and the HOME network.

  6. Ashley | | Reply

    I bought a Samsung galaxy s3 from straighttalk. I can’t receive mms.What can I do to fix this
    Model#sch-s968c (gp)
    Activation # 22890

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Ashley,
      Your phone is using Straight Talk’s verizon 3G network. You can’t set the APN on these phones. The phone is supposed to set up when you activate the phone. Try dialing the activation number again it might help. How long have you been on Straight Talk for? Did you transfer your number in?
      Regards
      Bob

      • Ashley | | Reply

        Yes I transferred my number and have been with straight talk for a little over a year I believe

    • Patty | | Reply

      It just worked for me!!

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Hi Patty,
        Glad to hear that!
        Regards
        Bob

  7. Christain Nash | | Reply

    Hey everyone. I have the straight talk samsung galaxy s3. I think its a prepaid tracfone. I was initially looking for the unlocked version and thought this was the one cause I couldn’t find it anywhere else besides the straight talk website itself. There is no APN setting anywhere on this phone. When i go to mobile networks it takes me to the mobile data and it has a check beside it. So I can either turn it off or leave it on. Cant get anything from that. I am also using my dads WiFi. An I don’t have an issue sending photos. I just cannot receive them and its really pissing me off. sorry for the language. This is more than frustrating. I had this problem with a Blu phone that I had before this one. And the option to change APN settings was there so that got resolved quickly. Look I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong or why. I don’t want to have to download two and three different messenger apps just to receive picture from people. I really need some help. Straight talk people never really know what they are talking about when I call them. They just give me the same instructions I’ve read off the internet. If anybody knows another option or anything that you think can help please tell me. Thank you for your time.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Christian,
      What’s the model number of the phone? Tracfone prepaid phones generally use the sprint or verizon network. You can’t set the APNs on these phones. It’s done automatically. Do you know which network you re using this phone on? Did you put a SIM card in it? Did you dial an activation number when you set up the phone? Do you know what that number was? It will help up figure out what network you are using this phone on.

      Regards
      Bob

      • Christain Nash | | Reply

        Well its a AT&T sim card. I’m using straight talks AT&T network. Maybe I can’t receive pictures because I’ve only had the phone since Friday. I’m not sure. Its with Verizon because the first day when I was trying to activate the operater stated something about the Verizon’s network and calling my cell phone provider stuff like that. Also I did have to call the straight talk number provided on the package the phone came in to activate it. So is any of this a reason why my phone could be doing this? This is the only issue I have with it.

  8. Jamie | | Reply

    I am trying to figure out my Verizon wirless samsung galaxy s5 I have net 10 and I can receive calls and text but can’t receive picture messages or get on the internet I really hope you can help. I did change the apn

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Jamie,
      Are you using this phone with a Net10 SIM card? If so, for which network? att or tmobile.

      Regards
      Bob

  9. Ashley | | Reply

    Hello everyone, I recently bought a galaxy s3 from walmart brand new in the box for straight talk/ tracfone wireless inc. I broke my old phone and I already have a plan activated and just transferred sim card and etc… It’s ATT sim card for straight talk that comes in the starter bundle pack… Anyways, I have internet, text, call, mms…. However, I can NOT send MMS !!! Weird I’ve never had this problem…. Usually if i don’t have internet then I don’t have MMS…. Well i tried to go into my APN settings under mobile networks, and well….. There is NO APN settings and you can NOT add any !!!!! Now THAT is beyond weird…. My last phone and my uncle’s phone we could change and/or add APN settings…. This is what fixed my no MMS/internet problem last time…. However I can receive MMS, I just can Not send !! I also have internet so i’m puzzled…. any thoughts, questions, comments, and/or tips would be very appreciated!!! Thanks!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Ashley,
      When you bought this phone did it come with a SIM card? What is the model number of the phone? I am wondering which network this Straight Talk phone was meant to be used on.

      • Ashley | | Reply

        Hey Bob thanks for your feedback! This phone did not come with a SIM card I had just put in a straight talk SIM card for it, but in the package it did come with an information packet with it of buying a starter kit, which I have already purchased about a month before buying the phone. Model info is SCH-S968C. Also another thing I noticed; the “My phone number” info is wrong …It wont let me change it either. Thanks!

  10. Dennis | | Reply

    Hello, I bought a straight talk samsung galaxy s3 verizon network the other day and transferred my number to the phone. I noticed that if I am not using wifi I do not have internet connection and my mms messages do not come through. There is not any apn setting for me to change and I called the straight talk *22890 number to update phone several times. I even called straight talk and they had me try to clear cashe etc. and had me try a couple thing without success.I even tried a factory reset and called the straight talk programming # *22890 without any luck . They filed a case and said to wait 24hrs and see if it gets fixed and if not to call them. Any chance you have any suggestions.I know you have posted that it took you a couple days for one of your phones to work so maybe thats all it is. My wife has the same phone and I did the same thing on hers and hers is working excellent without any issues. Any help is appreciated.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi dennis,
      I only have one suggestion which is a shot in the dark. Make sure your phone has wifi connection and then dial *22890 again. One reader told me that worked for him in the past, but admitted that he didn’t have any proof that is what solved the problem.

      Keep following up with straight talk. The tier 2 support is supposed to be better at resolving these problems.

      Regards
      Bob

  11. pamela laster | | Reply

    My phone Samsung galaxy s3 Verizon is now a straittalk and my data mms is not working help

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Pamela,
      Straight Talk uses 4 different cellular networks. To get data and mms working we need to know which network you are using.

      Are you using your S3 with Straight Talk’s ATT network or their Service network? Did you need to buy a network access code to register your phone on their network? Did you put a SIM card in your phone? Did you have to dial an activation number on your phone when you set it up?

  12. Sheila | | Reply

    hi, I can’t download pics when i get text messages…I can send pics, but not recieve. any idea?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Sheila,
      If 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

  13. Andrew | | Reply

    Hi I recently upgraded to the s5 with net10 using an att sim card from the byop package. I tried using the apn settings that net10 emailed me but the mobile data and mms didn’t work. I found some APN settings on Google and tried them now everything is working except I cant send MMS picture messages, I can receive them just not send them. Any ideas on how to fix this?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Andrew,
      Try setting your APN type to default,mms,wap
      See if that helps.
      Regards
      Bob

  14. Big D | | Reply

    This worked thanks . Pretty sure it was the APN type entry that fixed the problem. Galaxy s3 Android 4.4.2

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      hi Dig D,
      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

  15. edwin alvarez | | Reply

    I’ve tried sending a few pictures on a text and it just kept going like it was sending without sending the pictures I have a S5 AT&T

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Edwin,
      Did you set the APN type? What values did you use.
      Regards
      Bob

  16. Richard | | Reply

    Cannot send/receive MMC. (Never has worked.)
    Straight Talk customer for 6 months.

    Handset information:
    Samsung Galaxy S3
    model SGH i747 [AT&T, unlocked]
    Android Version 4.4.2 [up to date]
    Build number KOT49H.I747UCUFNE4
    SE for android status Enforcing
    Network AT&T
    Mobile network type LTE

    Settings:

    Connections
    … More networks
    Mobile networks
    Access Point Names
    tfdata

    Name: tfdata
    APN: tfdata
    Proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
    Port: 80
    Username: Not set
    Password: Not set
    Server: Not set
    MMSC http://mms-tf.net
    Multimedia message proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
    Multimedia message port: 80
    MCC: 310
    MNC: 410
    Authentication type: Not set
    APN type: default, mms, wap
    APN protocol: IPv4 [greyed]
    APN roaming protocol: IPv4 [greyed]
    Turn APB on/off: APN turned on. [greyed]
    Bearer: Unspecified
    Mobile virtual network operator..: None
    Mobile virtual network operator..: Not set [greyed]

    Handset operation:
    Can send/receive voice calls.
    Can browse internet.
    Can send/receive email from 2 gmail email accounts.
    Can send/receive email from 1 outlook email account.
    Can view/edit gmail calendar.
    Can send/receive text messages.
    *** Cannot send or receive MMC text messages. ***

    Symptoms:
    Cannot send or receive MMC text messages.
    When compose message with attached (402KB) image, and hit send,
    see pop-up message “No network connection No signal found for mobile networks” with “OK” button
    select OK
    message appears to be sending
    status shows “sending”, with application-busy cursor twirling around
    however, message stuck in that status indefinitely (> 1 hour).

    If I power off/on phone, message status still “sending”, with application-busy cursor twirling around
    I can send another text message while the MMC message is “stuck”.

    From with my phone number

    APN Settings

    FIELD SETTINGS
    APN tfdata
    MMSC http://mms-tf.net
    MMS PROXY mms3.tracfone.com
    MMS PORT 80
    MMS_APN tfdata

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Richard,
      I’d start by going to the APN setting page and doing a reset to defaults. Delete any apns present at that point and then create a new one and then reentering the APN info, yours looks correct.

      If that doesn’t work let me know and I can maybe recommend something else.
      Regards
      Bob

      • Richard | | Reply

        Sorry for the delay. Just tried it now.

        I used the soft menu (lower left portion of screen)
        “Reset to default”
        All APNs deleted except “ATT Phone”, which is not editable in any way (“Edit access point” does not respond”)

        So I proceeded by adding a new access point, “foo”

        Name: foo
        APN: tfdata
        Proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
        Port: 80
        Username: Not set
        Password: Not set
        Server: Not set
        MMSC http://mms-tf.net
        Multimedia message proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
        Multimedia message port: 80
        MCC: 310
        MNC: 410
        Authentication type: Not set
        APN type: default, mms, wap
        APN protocol: IPv4 [greyed]
        APN roaming protocol: IPv4 [greyed]
        Turn APB on/off: APN turned on. [greyed]
        Bearer: Unspecified
        Mobile virtual network operator..: None
        Mobile virtual network operator..: Not set [greyed]

        I restarted my handset.
        Handset upper status bar – AT&T, 4GLTE, 5 bars

        Handset operation:
        Can send/receive voice calls.`
        Caller can leave vmail message, and I can retrieve that vmail message.
        Can browse internet.
        Speedtest app shows good data speed (~12MB down/~15MB up).
        Can send/receive email from 2 gmail email accounts.
        Can send/receive email from 1 outlook email account.
        Can view/edit gmail calendar.
        Can send/receive text messages.
        *** Cannot send or receive MMC text messages. Same behavior as before. ***

        What next?

  17. Maria | | Reply

    I have galaxy S4 and I am able to send MMS and get online, but I cannot received MMS messages sent to me. Any advice will be appreciated!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Maria,

      If 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.

      Do you know if you are using the Straight Talk ATT or TMobile network? If so 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.

      Let me know.
      Regards
      Bob

  18. Kayla | | Reply

    I am having this same problem with my Galaxy 4 on Straight Talk. Is there anything I can do to fix the problem?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Kayla,
      I don’t know if you meant to respond to a specific comment or the help page in general. It’s not clear to me what problem you are having.
      Regards
      Bob

      • Kayla | | Reply

        Sorry. I should have specified. I couldn’t access anything that uses mobile data but the problem is solved now. Straight Talk tried to tell me I had reached my data limit when in fact I had not.

  19. Bryan | | Reply

    hi I have a samsung galaxy s 4 and I can’t seem to hear anything on my phone when I make a what should I do

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I am not sure I understand. Can you make and recieve calls but can hear the person talking?

  20. jason | | Reply

    Nice! Seems the only answer is persistence!

    • keith | | Reply

      cannot find apn settings on my S3 with straight talk.

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Hi Keith,
        You only need to enter the APN settings on your S3 if it is using Straight Talk’s ATT or Straight Talk’s TMobile network compatible SIM. If you bought your S3 from Straight Talk, its using Straight Talk’s verizon or sprint network and APN settings re programmed when you activate the phone.

        If you dialed an activation sequence when you set up the phone. Try dialing it again to set up the APN. Let me know how it goes.
        Regards
        Bob

  21. jason | | Reply

    It could. It has for me in the past. But who knows with straight talk and their unwillingness to solve problems.

    • Elena | | Reply

      YAY!! I got it to work!

      I put in the values that i have been using with my s4
      name: whatever.. (i have straight talk)
      APN: tfdata
      MMSC: http://mms-tf.net
      MMS proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
      MMS port: 80

      all the rest I left untouched.
      I’ve tried this earlier when I just got the phone, but it didn’t work.

      So, this time, I re-set my apn’s to default,
      put all the values in again, restarted the phone
      swtiched my messaging app from verizon Message+ to the Samsung message app and it worked!
      thank you all! Hope this might work for someone else too.

      Again, this is using Verizone Samsung Galaxy s5. Good luck everyone.

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        Hi Elena,
        I am glad to hear your phone is working.
        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

      • Laura | | Reply

        hey ive been looking all afternoon for an APN that worked and yours was the only thing that wasnt bullshit, yay thanks!

      • Ashley | | Reply

        I cant find anywhere to change my apn settings?! HELP?

          • Ashley | |

            My model of my phone is SCH-S968C and I did put the Straight Talk SIM card, also when I got it I did dial an activation number. I have just missed lots of messages from people because they were MMS.

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Ashley,
            Your phone model is for Straight talk’s Verizon network. Try removing the SIM. Does your phone still work?
            Regards
            Bob

          • Ashley | |

            Removing the SIM my phone still works and I can send picture messages just not receive them

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Ashley,
            How long have you been using straight talk? Did you transfer your number?

  22. jason | | Reply

    That sucks. Last thing I know is to wait til your month renewal and hope for the best.

    • Elena | | Reply

      So, you think it may still work after I refill for next month?
      Thanks for trying. Appreciate it

  23. jason | | Reply

    Have you tried using go SMS?

    • Elena | | Reply

      No, Can you keep your phone number with it?

      • Elena | | Reply

        nope, doesn’t work either.

  24. jason | | Reply

    Try going to your apps manager. Disable your texting app, clear data and cache, then enable again. Worked for me on my s4.

    • Elena | | Reply

      Thanks, However, that didn’t work either.
      I know there has to be a way to get this to work, Just can’t figure it out. Thanks for your advice, though!

  25. Elena | | Reply

    HI, I recently got a verizon samsung galaxy s5. I am having trouble setting up MMS. I have tried various APN settings. The internet works, but I can’t send or receive MMS. Help please. Thanks.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Elena,
      I had a a smartphonematters reader get it working on an S5 in the past. Did you set the APN type?
      Regards
      Bob

      • Elena | | Reply

        Yes, I’ve tried default,supl,mms and then I’ve tried default,supl,mms, hipri,

        neither did the trick. And I noticed that if I changed my APN to anything different from tfdata, then my internet wouldn’t work either. But as long as I have tfdata on the APN internet works, just can’t seem to get the right MMS settings..

        • Elena | | Reply

          Oh, and I also tried the one you have up here default, mms, wap, supl.. nothing changed. Restarted phone and everything.. nothing.

          tried mms only for apn type, still nothing. The thing is i used an S4 before this, also with verizon, also a 4g LTE, put in the settings they have on the website, and it worked. Just won’t work with my s5 for some reason. Called Straight talk customer service, the lady tried telling that this is a system error and shoudn’t be working with verizon 4g LTE, and doesn’t know what to do. So, I’m kind of out of luck here.. Hoping somebody out here knows.

        • Steve | | Reply

          Do not put anything in there. Just leave it blank.

  26. sonya | | Reply

    I have a samsung galaxy 4 and every time I try to text with a pic attached it say multimedia messages not supported by network. Why?

  27. Macey | | Reply

    I bought a straight talk samsung galaxy s3 on verizon towers and it won’t recieve mms at all. I can’t send pictures and my messages cant be to big. I need to know how to the fix this. When somebody tries to send me a picture message or a large message it just says download. When I press download it says download fail…

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Macey,
      If 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. After a few days I decided to see if I could try to fix it, only to find it working.

      With Straight Talk’s Verizon phones, you can’t enter the APN Settings yourself, try turning the phone off and on again and redialing the activation number. This, supposedly, sets the APN.

      Regards
      Bob

  28. Josh | | Reply

    I baught a straight talk cell phone. It is the samsung galaxy s3 runs off verizon towers as they say. I am having problems with receiving mms messages and sending them can anyone help me out please. Thanks

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Josh,
      What number did you dial to activate the phone?
      Regards
      Bob

  29. Alex | | Reply

    I bought a samsung galaxy s3 from walmart with no sim card. The guy there just activated it and transferred everything from my other phone that I had previously (also from straighttalk purchased at walmart without a sim card). Everything on the phone works great (internet and texts) however, I can’t receive picture messages. I can send them (sometimes), but not receive them. I read from another site to try downloading the go SMS pro app but that hasn’t worked so far either.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Alex,
      If you just transferred your number to Straight Talk sometimes it takes a few days before you can receive MMS. You can also try redialing the activation number. That is supposed to set up the APN on your phone. Do you knowi if you are using Straight Talk’s sprint or verizon network?
      Regards
      Bob

  30. Lisa | | Reply

    Hi there,

    Okay. So. I am pretty confused right now.

    I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 from Straighttalk, at Walmart…and I just realized that I have no SIM card. I just came back from Walmart and I feel like that was a total waste of gas. The woman who worked in the Electronic section thought I was talking about SD cards when I clearly told her SIM card. I spent 20 minutes trying to explain the difference and she clearly still had no idea what I was talking about.

    So, to simply my post…

    What I would like to know is, which SIM card activation kit will I need to buy? Is it the STRAIGHTTALK AT&T COMPATIBLE STANDARD & MICRO SIM ACTIVATION KIT, in which is 6.99 online and 59.99 in the stores? Or will I need something else?

    Please let me know as soon as you can. Thank you. 🙂

  31. Marie | | Reply

    Hey, Bob

    I really appreciate you’re time and effort solving issues for others. This seems to be the most promising place to get a good answer for my phone troubles.

    I recently just purchased a used AT&T Samsung Galaxy s3 model SGH-i747 v. 4.3

    I recently tried transferring from one straighttalk phone to this one and this is the first time it’s been giving me problems. I have issues making and receiving calls and texts and am unsure why. The only time I get/send messages seem to be when I’m on the line with someone, whenever it manages to go through. I’ve tried several different APN settings but none have seemed to work. I’m not sure if it’s just taking a long time for the transfer to go through or if I need to try another APN.

    If it is the transfer process, is there a way to check to see how long until it’s fully complete?

    Thank you so much!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Marie,
      Sorry to hear about your issues. Transfering from one phone to another should be pretty straight forward. What was your old Straight Talk phone? Did it use a SIM card? Did you purchase a new Straight Talk ATT SIM card and use the serial number on that SIM as the phone you wanted to transfer your service to.

      If you are having issues with Voice calls and SMS text messages something isn’t right. Setting up the APN will not fix that. The APN is for data and MMS.

      Can you provide a little more detail?
      Regards
      Bob

      • Marie | | Reply

        My old phone was the Samsung T528G Reconditioned and it did use a SIM card. However, that SIM was too big for the galaxy and I ordered the AT&T Compatible Micro SIM Card from ST.

        I can’t use my old phone anymore of course, but it doesn’t seem to have transferred correctly. I can use wifi fine and am able to get/receive texts sometimes. I might have to retry to send it a few times but eventually it will go through. Receiving texts seem to be delayed and there are times when I get or make calls when I cannot hear anybody on the other side and they can’t hear me. My 4g won’t work at all and I can’t get pictures either.

        I’m not sure if this makes a difference or not but also, I noticed the only time my phone says ATT at the very top left is right after I wake it up, then it disappears.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Marie,
          I am not sure if the issue is your phone or your Straight Talk service. Contact Straight Talk support and ask them to check that the service was transferred correctly. Be patient, that might take a while. If they can’t help you call their Executive Resolutions department.

          As for your phone, look carefully at it and see if you can find the model number. Buy used Galaxy phones can be complicated. Sometimes they are international models or have been reflashed with different software to work on an different network.

          See if you can borrow a SIM from a friend (ATT) and try it in your phone and verify it works.

          You can also try backing up your phone and doing a factory reset.

      • crystal | | Reply

        I can call anyone I want but if they don’t have at&t they won’t get it and anyone who calls me it doesn’t ring on my end. I have a at&t Samsung galaxy s4 and I bought the byop my old phone didn’t have a Sim card

  32. Robert | | Reply

    Tried all three sets of settings. Still nothing?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Are you using Straight Talk’s AT&T network-compatible SIM or Straight’s Talk T-Mobile network-compatible SIM? Visit the Straight Talk website to look up your APN settings. Use your phone number and your phone type select Android 4.0 & 4.1. What does the site return for your APN settings?
      http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/support/apn

  33. Lance | | Reply

    Bob, I won’t be too verbose, but you asked. I love it. At first I was upset that the factory settings didn’t have the voice command alarm clock, but I downloaded wakevoice off of play and it’s better. The contacts has the faster look up, the waterproofing, and I really like the fingerprint feature. It’s not near as finicky as reported.
    There is only one thing that really bothers me a bit about the S5 vs the S3, and that is the shape/size. I liked the old shape better. On the size, I’ve always put my phones in otterboxes, but this one in an otterbox is just too big, I compromised with the Tech 21 Impact Mesh, I hope it is as advertised.

  34. Lance | | Reply

    Bob it was the At&t model. I put the new At&t settings in and it works perfectly.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Lance,
      I am glad it to hear that. Let us know how you like the phone!
      Regards
      Bob

  35. Lance | | Reply

    That’s it, Charcoal Black.
    I’ll let you know about the model, and if it works.
    It should be in today or tomorrow. I’m going to replace the sd card in my S3, and do a factory reset, before I sell it. Is that all I need to do to make sure none of my sensitive information is still on there?

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