Switching Two AT&T iPhone 4s to Straight Talk Wireless

A reader,Donnie, writes.

Hi Bob,
I came across your site and was GLAD since I am so confused as how to set up mine and my wife’s iphone 4s phones. They are both with AT&T and both unlocked. I purchased a sim from ebay but purchased a $45 straight talk unlimited data plan card for our service. I just realized that on the back of the service card it says “For Use With Straight Talk Phones Only” so I am guessing I am out the money and have to get a service plan that caters to iPhones? Also, I am following your guide but do we switch sims and access data card FIRST before switching our APN settings through your guide? Thanks for your time. I would also like to find out how long our phones will be “down” during this process as they are both used for our home business.
Thanks

Hi Donnie,
I think the $45 dollar service card you bought will work fine with your iPhone 4s using Straight Talk’s Bring Your Own Phone Plan.

Here are some tips that might help.

I assume you are going to transfer your service from AT&T to Straight Talk, that is move your phone number. Make sure you know the PIN for your ATT account and the account number. I’d call Straight Talk to do the transfer, the last two number transfers I tried from the web site did not go smoothly and I had to call them anyway. If your phone is activated with as a new account with a new number, you’ll have to wait for them to mail you a new SIM for them to be able to transfer your number.

Plan to have up to 2 free hours when you switch, their telephone support is time consuming. Plan your move at a time when you don’t need your phone for business. Your ATT account will remain active until the transfer is complete, once complete your ATT account will be closed.

After your Straight Talk accounts are activated, you can follow my guide to set up data and MMS picture messages. It might just work automatically. You may also find that you won’t receive MMS picture messages for a few days. You would be able to get pictures from other iPhone uses because those pictures are sent using your data connection rather then MMS.

I hope this answers your questions. Let me know how it goes.

13 Comments

  1. Michael | | Reply

    Thanks for any help. I’ve had 3 Samsung phones that I’ve used with Straight Talk. 1 the camera would not work, another the GPS would seldom work, the last has no GPS and I cannot get the phone to work. I can receive text and get internet service. I have purchased an Apple Iphone 4s that is factory unlocked, but I cannot figure out how to (APN) settings. I guess they are not the same with Apple. Also, should I update the software to IOS 7.1.2? Thanks for any assistance.

    • Michael | | Reply

      Sorry, I thought this was a place to leave a question, not reply to another question.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Michael,
      Are you using Straight Talk’s ATT or TMobile SIM? Was it a Bring Your Own phone SIM or from a Straight Talk phone? Do you know your APN settings? What version of iOS are you using?

      When you put any att network SIM in an iPhone it auto programs the APN settings, and hides the Cellular Data Network option in settings. sometimes it programs the wrong settings. Answe the questions above and I can tell you how to fix this.
      Regards
      Bob

      • Michael | | Reply

        Thanks Bob…
        I have the AT&T sim in my phone currently, but straight talk does not recognize the sim number. I guess it is because I don’t have the VPN settings? I also have a T-Mobile sim, but it tries to connect me to T- Mobile. I currently have IOS 5 and I have APN settings , all I see on the phone is VPN settings. This phone is new to me, so I’m not familiar with everything. I t is a factory unlocked phone. Hope this was enough info for now. Thanks again.

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          Hi Michael,

          I did not use Straight Talk prior to iOS 6. If it were me, I’d upgrade to iOS 7, but you might have a reason to stay on iOS 5, for example if your phone is jailbroken.

          On iOS, the APN settings are entered into Settings->General->Celluar->Cellular Data Network (not usre that is correct for iOS 5). The problem is that if you put any ATT network sim in your iPhone it automatically sets the APN settings, and then hides the option to change them.

          You can install an APN profile from the Web to get data working, if you need to get MMS working you’ll need to try the SIM swap. See my iOS 6 guide
          How to Setup Straight Talk Wireless Data and MMS for your iPhone running iOS 6. Take a look and let me know need more help.

          If you update to iOS 7 and your Straight Talk APN is tfdata, the phone should just work.

          Regards
          Bob

          • Michael | |

            Thanks Bob… I borrowed a friends phone and spoke with Straight Talk. They are shopping me a new sim card to use with my apple 4s without charge, so hopefully that will take care of my problems. My phone is factory unlocked, so I will update to 7.1.2. Thanks for all of your help. I plan to check your site from time to time to keep up everything. Thanks again.

          • Bob Thompson | |

            Hi Michael,
            Let me know how it goes.
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            Bob

  2. Nithser | | Reply

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  3. Robert | | Reply

    Hi Bob,
    Quick question. I have two Verizon iPhone 5 that I was using on Straight Talk with the AT&T network. I switch to T-mobile but the coverage is really bad. Thus, I am exploring to switch back to Straight Talk or Net10. Do you have any feedback on the coverage and service, sped of data on Net10? They have a family plan for $85, so I wanted to with to their family plan on the AT&T network. Any feedback on Net10? Thanks

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Robert,
      I use both Net10 and Straight Talk Wireless. Net10 wireless and Straight Talk are essentially identical in terms of cell phone service, they are both owned by the same parent company. The difference is marketing. America Movil, the owner, created Straight Talk exclusively for Walmart, where as Net10 is sold by many retailers such as Target, Kmart, and Radio Shack.

      Net10 has recently started offering more plans and pricing options. Their ATT service is should be identical to Straight Talk. If you liked Straight Talk, you should be happy with Net10. If you had an issue with Straight Talk’s service, you may have the same issue with Net10.

      I hope this helps.
      Let me know how it goes.

      Regards
      Bob

  4. dylan | | Reply

    Hey Bob,
    Didnt know where to ask but I just got a weird text saying the had a browser update that sent me to a website asking for a 4 digit code? You know anything about this? I didnt go through as after my 7.1ing lol Im very circumspect about any updates now.
    Cheers
    Dylan

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Dylan,
      I got the message too. I am going to write an article about the message I received. I clicked on the link and the page wanted my phone number, not a 4 digit code. The link doesn’t update your browser, its just trying to get you to use their web pages.
      Look for the article in a day or so.
      Regards
      bob

      • dylan | | Reply

        Great thanks Bob, I recalled 4 digit number, reagardless thks 🙂

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