How to Setup Straight Talk Wireless Data and MMS for your iPhone running iOS 6

UPDATE: Oct 25 2013

As part of a recent carrier update, also included with iOS 7.0.3, the network name in  your status bar will show TFW instead of HOME.  So anywhere you see HOME in the text or screenshots in this guide know remember that TFW is acceptable and expected.

Getting Started

I’ll  assume you have:
1. Purchased and activated a StraightTalk AT&T or TMobile network SIM.
2. The SIM card is in your iPhone.
3. You are able to make and receive phone calls
4. you can send and receive SMS / Text Messages

The problem you are trying to fix is.
1. You cannot use data or internet
2. you cannot send & receive MMS picture messages
3. you cannot use data or send & receive MMS

If you are using the Straight Talk TMobile network SIM card, the guide should still work for you. A number of readers with Straight Talk TMobile SIM cards report problems. Some get data and mms to work with additional help, others need to follow up with Straight Talk technical support. Continue with the guide, and leave a comment if you have a problem, I will try to help you.

1,583 Comments

  1. Barbara | | Reply

    I have no cellular data

  2. Evan A Lamb III | | Reply

    I can get the data but I’m SOL on getting MMS? I’ve tried several of the straight talk soon settings on the http://unlock it.co.nz and I tried both the others and all I get is data. I was wanting the MMS as well.

  3. Alice | | Reply

    I have an iPhone 3gs…ios 6.1.6. Followed all the instructions and was able to get data working with the first part but when it came to switching the SIM cards for mms the Cellular Data option never showed up, even with restart. What do I do now???

    • Alice | | Reply

      And yes it is an AT&T SIM.

      • Bob Thompson | | Reply

        What SIM are you swapping with?

        • Alice | | Reply

          I tried the T-Mobile SIM swap like the instructions said, and the Cellular Data option never showed up.

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Alice,
            I don’t know. It’s been a long time since I wrote this article. I seem to remember some people having that issue. Try taking a took through the comments there might have been a solution. Try a network reset of resetting all settings. Resetting Network Settings on Your iPhone

  4. Tessy | | Reply

    Tried this method still not working, BYOP. I PHONE 6 ROSE GOLD, VERIZON

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      These instructions are not for phones using straight talk’s Verizon network. What phone do you have, what version of iOS are you using?

  5. Keisha Clayton | | Reply

    I’ve tried everything and I’m still unable to send or receive mms messages or use Internet. This has been going on the last 2 days.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Ok.
      Could you share some details like what type of phone you have, what version of iOS, what network you are using, and what you have tried…

      • sydney | | Reply

        I have a verizon wireless phone and none of these works and the one that was sent to my phone that had vzw in the address did not work

          • sydney | |

            I have an Iphone 6. iapnupdate with VZW in the address was sent to my phone. After about 2 hours total of chatting I am told I need a new sim card.

  6. Sanne | | Reply

    Hey Bob!

    Thank you so much for this post, I tried it all but the data still does not work… I have an iPhone 6 and am using the Straight Talk Bring Your Own Phone nano simcard compatible for T Mobile. Caing a non-US number, as I am not American an that did not work though). Can you help me out?

  7. Jewels | | Reply

    It worked! It worked! It worked! Thank you!!!!

  8. Art Hughes | | Reply

    I have an old 3GS and tried the tmobile card trick. I could never get the cellular profile option to appear even after powering down and back on with the tmobile sim installed

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi art,
      What version of iOS are you using?

  9. wayne | | Reply

    cant send or recieve picture messages

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Wayne,
      Can you share some details like what wireless company you are using, which network you are on, what phone do you have, what version of software is installed on the phone.

      Regards
      Bob

  10. Makedrea | | Reply

    I don’t have straight talk apn settings at all on my iphone 5c

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Makedrea,
      I don’t understand the issue you are having. If your data / mnms doesn’t work and you are using the Straight Talk ATT sim, try resetting your phone to get it working. See Resetting All Your iPhone’s Settings

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