Ben from Palm Springs recently commented…
My wife and I just finished our contract with Sprint and wanted to try Straight Talk for the great price. Since they don’t sell the ATT sim cards anymore I tried the T-Mobile sim. What they don’t tell you is that they use the T-Mobile prepaid towers not their normal towers and reception was so scarce where I am. I switched to Net10 since it’s another company owned by Tracfone, but they have ATT sim cards, and everything other then MMS was working. I followed your “Method 2″ and used the “tfdata” settings and everything works now, Data and MMS. Thank you so much. I am in the Palm Springs area if that helps anyone with their setup.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. You are 100% on target. I have been trying to spread that message here at smartphonematters.com for the last month that the using the T-Mobile network isn’t usually the best option for iPhone users. I wrote some articles about this earlier in the year, but recently have been seeing a lot of comments from Straight Talk customers reading my How to Setup Straight Talk Wireless Data and MMS for your iPhone running iOS 6 guide. And you have lived the through experience. What I really appreciate about your story is that:
- you tried a prepaid service
- you found out it didn’t meet your needs
- you did some research to find a service that did
- and you tool the action switched!
With Prepaid cell service from Straight Talk, Net10, AT&T, T-Mobile or whoever we are committed for just the amount we paid up front for, which is usually only a month. I only wish that you had been able to find some of my articles earlier which may have saved you some time.
I wonder if I you would mind a few follow up questions? Did you port your phone numbers? and if so, did you have any issues? Finally, are you using iPhones and if so what models? Thanks for any info you can share with the readers.