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

Method 2 – Configuring  Both StraightTalk  Data and MMS for iOS 6 

If you want to use MMS picture messaging, you must manually enter in the Data and MMS APN info in your iPhone’s settings.  The problem is when you have the Straight Talk AT&T SIM in your iPhone, the Cellular Data Network settings are hidden. You can work around this problem, using a hack called the SIM Swap Method. To do the SIM swap, you need a T-Mobile network SIM. You put the T-Mobile SIM in your iPhone. The  Cellular Data Network settings will then be visible. You put the Straight Talk AT&T SIM back in and quickly enter the Cellular Network Data settings before the option disappears. The TMobile SIM does not need to be active. You need a micro SIM for the iPhone 4 models and a nano SIM for the iPhone 5. If you bought the StraightTalk SIM kit with three SIM cards., one the Pink SIM is for the T-Mobile network.  Yes, you need to have a SIM. If you don’t have one, check your old prepaid phones. You can buy one from T-Mobile or on eBay.

If you don’t use MMS picture messaging, you don’t need to do this step. If all your friends use iPhones, your picture messaging may work over your data connection using iMessage.

The SIM Swap Step By Step

1. Go to Settings->General->Profiles.
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2.  Look for the Straight Talk Carrier APN profile you installed.You need to find the APN you used to get data working. You need to know which APN to use to manually set up data and MMS.

You may have other profiles installed for other reasons.  Your iPhone may look like this.

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3. Tap More Details

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4. Note the name under APN – Advanced Settings. It will be tfdata, att.mvno, or wap.tracfone. you need to know this later.

5. Tap Profile Installed

6. Tap Remove (APN Carrier Settings)

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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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