Help Setting up Straight Talk Data and MMS on the BLU Life Play Running Android 4.2

Set up Your Access Point Name (APN) Settings

Look up your APN settings on the Straight Talk website and enter them into your phone’s APN settings. Test your data and internet connection. Once your data connection is working, then test MMS picture messages and group texts.

Look up Your APN Settings

Visit the Straight Talk Wireless Support website to look up you APN information.
Click here to visit the Straight Talk Wireless website. Enter your phone number and use Android 4.0 & 4.1 as your phone type and click Search. The website should display your APN settings.

stapn

stapn2

Straight Talk Wireless uses there different APN settings:

Straight Talk Wireless APN Settings

stapn-tfdata

stapn-waptracfone

stapn-attmvno

The APN Settings from the Straight Talk web site may not exactly match the APN settings page in your smartphone. You may also need to enter some additional APN settings not supplied on Straight Talk’s website. Match the APN returned from the website to correct group below.

APN Settings

Name: tfdata
APN: tfdata
MMSC: http://mms-tf.net
MMS proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
MMS Port: 80
APN Type: default, mms, wap
MCC: 310
MNC: 410

 

Name: wap.tracfone
APN: wap.tracfone
Port: 8080
MMSC: http://mms.tracfone.com
APN Type: default, mms, supl
MCC: 310
MNC: 410

 

Name: att.mvno
APN: att.mvno
MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
MMS Proxy: 66.209.11.33
MMS proxy port: 80
APN Type: default, mms, wap
MCC: 310
MNC: 410

Set Up Your APN

After you have looked up the APN settings for your phone number, enter them into your phone’s settings. The steps below may not exactly match your phone. Each phone manufacturer seems to change the steps on their phone a little bit. Please leave a comment if you have corrections.

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Wireless and Networks or More…
  3. Tap Access Points
  4. Tap Menu
  5. Tap New APN
  6. Tap Name
  7. Type a name (eg. tfdata, wap.tracfone, or att.mvno)
  8. Tap APN
  9. Enter your APN (e.g. tfdata, wap.tracfone, or att.mvno)
  10. Tap MMSC
  11. Enter your MMSC
  12. Tap MMS Proxy
  13. Enter your MMS Proxy
  14. Tap MMS port
  15. Enter your MMS port
  16. Tap MCC
  17. Enter your MCC (if not already previously entered)
  18. Tap MNC
  19. Enter your MNC (if not already previously entered)
  20. Enter Your APN Type (I recommend you only add this if MMS doesn’t work the first time)
  21. type in the values for your APN type from above
  22. Tap Menu
  23. Tap Save

Test Your Internet and Data Connection

To test your data connection, restart your phone, turn off your wi-fi, and use your web browser to visit some web pages and verify the display.

Restart Your Phone

It’s a good idea to restart your phone before testing your data connection.

  1. Press and Hold the Power key
  2. Tap Power Off
  3. Press and Hold the Power key until the phone starts

Turn Off Wi-Fi

Turn off your Wi-Fi, so your phone will try to use its data connection.

  1. Tap Menu
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Wireless and Networks or More…
  4. Tap Wi-Fi ON to turn Wi-Fi OFF

Open Chrome or Your Browser and Visit Some Web sites

  1. Tap Home
  2. Tap All Apps
  3. Tap Chrome or your phone’s default web browser
  4. Tap the address bar
  5. Enter http://smartphonematters.com
  6. Verify smartphonematters.com is displayed.
  7. Visit several links on smartphonematters.com or other sites to make sure your Internet is working.

Results

If you are able to browser the Web, your internet / data connection works. Continue to Set up MMS Picture Messages and Group Texts

If smartphonematters.com is NOT displayed there is a problem with your APN.

  1. Repeat the steps above and edit your APN. Verify you entered the APN correctly and save
  2. If you have more than one APN in APNs list, try removing them.
  3. Repeat the steps to test your data and Internet connection.

If your internet or data connection still doesn’t work:

  1. Repeat the steps above to return to the APNs list.
  2. From APNs, Tap Menu
  3. Tap Reset to Default, re-enter your APN and try the steps again.

If your data connection still does not work, you can repeat trying the other two APNs listed above. If that doesn’t work, leave a comment on this page and we will try to help you.

Continue to the next page to test MMS picture messages


49 Comments

  1. ken moen | |

    hey bob i have blu life view 8.0 my stuff work recieve tex talk internet but my wifi doesnt connect to my home internet or any where else

  2. Brandi | |

    Hello Bob,

    I just got the Blu 4.8 HD and I have tried every combo that there is and NONE want to work. I have regular text no problem but no picture messaging. I’m on straight talk at&t network.

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Is your cellular data working?
      Can you send pics? Can you receive them?

  3. Julian | |

    I was wondering if the same settings would apply for the Blu Life Pro? i have the Tmobile Sim in it right now and can receive Phonecalls and Txt Messages. i do not have Data connection or Internet.

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Julian,
      It should. Read and follow the instructions on all four pages and you should be good

  4. Jay | |

    How do I set up my voicemail for my BLU life play mini?

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Hi Jay,
      Try long pressing 1 on the keypad.

  5. Lori | |

    I recently transferred my straight talk service to a new unlocked BLU life play 2 phone. I have adjusted the APN settings several times and talked with straight talk customer service for over an hour, with no luck. I do have data and can send group text but am unable to send or receive picture messages.
    Please let me know if you can help.
    Thanks.

  6. cindy | |

    I have a blu studio 5c HD d535u and can’t seem to find the appropriate straight talk APN settings for it. I also wonder why I’m only able to operate on 2g network? I would be so grateful for some help please.

  7. Gena Ellensburg | |

    I can’t send pics with my Blue Life Play by using whatsapp or Bbm

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Hi Gena,
      Did you set your APN type?

  8. tracie hopkins | |

    I have a blu dash jr dual simcard . I cant download anything it said I needed more memory I bought a 16 gb card and it still says memory is full I have nothing on it . I aso tired of this phone. please help

  9. Maryann | |

    Thank you so much!

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Hi Maryann,
      Your are welcome.
      hanks 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

  10. Priscilla | |

    Hi Bob, I currently have it set on tfdata..

  11. Priscilla | |

    Hi Bob, I have tried all the combinations but maybe I’m not syncing them properly.. It’s all the ones that are on the straight talk site for this phone.. I can’t remember all of them.. I’ll take another look but I have been trying to fix this for a week now.. I bought the phone only 2 months ago.. I wish there were a just one combo and not so many, it’s difficult..

  12. Priscilla | |

    I have tried all the combinations and none of them seem to work.. I don’t know what more to do..

  13. Priscilla | |

    Yes I did have mms pic msgs before and it just stopped and I can’t send or receive pics.. I believe I updated my phone because it asked so I just hit yes, maybe that could be the cause..

  14. sharon | |

    Hello, i can receive mms messages but cannot send them. The check is given after sending them but the number never receives the mms picture messages. I have sent pictures to 5 different phone numbers and they are never received. Everything else works fine. I am on the verge of just sending the phone back.

    Sharon

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Hi Sharon,
      The issue probably isn’t the phone.
      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

      Regards
      Bob

  15. Nicole | |

    I have a blu life one X and I can’t send picture messages however I can receive them please help I have a straight talk att compatible sim card in the phone everything else works great

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Hi Nichole,
      Did you set your APN type?

      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

      Regards
      Bob

  16. Mark | |

    I need some help with my BLU Life Play and the APN settings. I just got straight talk and can’t download MMS photos. I can send MMS photos without difficulty.
    I have tried all 3 APN settings above and none have worked. Straight Talk customer service was no help.
    My phone as the the Android 4.2 jelly bean.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Hi Mark,

      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

      • Mark | |

        Thank you Bob. I will wait a few days and see what happens. Thanks.

        • Mark | |

          It has been a few days and still no MMS messages.

          • Mark | |

            It took about 5 calls to Straight Talk customer service. The MMS problem has been resolved. The APN setting given by Straight Talk and listed on this website worked AFTER Straight Talk did something on their end. Had to clear APN settings and go to default. Turn phone off, reenter APN numbers and restart phone.

    • Priscilla | |

      Hi Mark, it sounds like the exact problem I have except I can’t send nor receive.. I have the same phone as u Blu jelly bean 4.2

      • Bob Thompson | |

        Hi,
        Which APN settings are you using?
        Regards
        Bob

  17. William Zahran | |

    I can’t connect my phone data ???

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Hi William,
      Did you try each of the three APNs? Which SIM are you using? Straight Talk’s AT&T network-compatible SIM orStraight;s Talk T-Mobile network-compatible SIM.

      Regards
      Bob

  18. Lauren | |

    Hi Bob,
    I have a Blu Life One and I cannot send or receive MMS messages. I have gone over the APN settings with the techs at Straight talk and they cannot help me. Do you think that you can? My APN settings are:
    APN:tfdata
    Port:80
    MMSC:http:\\mms-tf.net
    MMS Proxy:mms3.tracfone.com
    MMS Port:80
    MCC:310
    MNC:410

    Thank you so much.

      • Lauren | |

        I tried to see if it would work using the steps in your guide, but it still did not work. I made sure that the slashes were going in the correct direction, like you previously stated, but still nothing.

        Again thanks for all the help.

    • Priscilla | |

      I have the same problem except i did have it but now i don’t.. so aggravated 🙁 don’t know what to do, iv’e tried everything, all kinds of apn’s but none work..

      • Bob Thompson | |

        Hi Priscilla,
        What is the problem you are having? You can’t send or receive MMS picture messages? Are you saying it did work and then it stopped.
        Regards
        Bob

  19. davidmartinezmontalvo | |

    I tried all three they didn’t work

    • Bob Thompson | |

      what didn’t work? data?
      what do you see in the status bar when you try to load a web page?
      how many bar? Do you see a E, 2G, 3G or H?

  20. Gabe | |

    Running 4.2.

    Only APN that got data working was your wap.tracfone one (second option posted), but MMS still isn’t working. Any ideas? I can’t get picture messages.

    • Bob Thompson | |

      Hi Gabe,
      This is a common problem. Start by trying this.
      A reader suggested that with BLU phones you have to set the APN type as default, mms, wap for the ATT SIM and mms, and supl for the T-Mobile SIM.

      Let me know if it worked for you.
      Regards
      Bob

      • Gabe | |

        No luck. Using t-mobile sim — did the “default, mms, supl” for APN type. Need to have “default” checked because otherwise it switches automatically to another APN that came with the phone (that I can’t discard/delete). Any other ideas?

  21. Ashley | |

    I have an unlocked blu life play with a straight talk sim card. I don’t send many pic messages but my texting and calling work just fine, it just doesn’t let me use any of my apps without wifi. how can I fix this?

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