UPDATE: Great news for all you Straight Talk users! Since I’ve posted a few articles here on WireValley in regards to my experience with Straight Talk, APN settings, tutorials, screenshots, helping others, etc. I thought it would be a great idea to start a support website for all of us Straight Talk users! Visit http://StraightTalkSupport.com to ask questions, learn tips, tricks, and plenty more.
I wrote an article about why I was switching to Straight Talk, to save money of course. I explained the benefits and the one downfall; you must bring your own cell phone which can be expensive.
Anyway, I officially received my Straight Talk sim card in the mail today and was fully activated and operational within 10 minutes! Activation was as easy as pie. I simply visited the website and entered in all the details required, such as sim card number, my first month’s prepaid service card number, and my name and address. Once I inserted my new sim card into my cell phone, I had to do one last step; enter my new APN settings.
In layman’s terms, APN settings are a gateway that allows you to connect to the cell phone towers. If you have the wrong settings, your phone won’t know where to go to connect to the network.
I won’t write how to change your APN settings, but if you’re using an Android phone, it’s fairly simple and there’s already quite a few “how-to” guides on the Internet. The APN settings are buried in your network settings, but if you need help, just post a comment below and I’ll get back quick.
After everything was all said and done, I was in business! I could receive and make calls, send text messages, and the Internet worked great. However, there was ONE item I could not get to work, picture messaging, otherwise known as MMS. After doing a little bit of research I found that you must enter in another APN setting in order to receive and send MMS picture messages using Android. Straight Talk did not tell me this whatsoever which leads me to believe they don’t have their act together, at least not completely. As soon as I entered these settings below for another APN, picture messaging worked perfect!
Straight Talk APN Settings for Picture Messaging:
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APN type (enter the following)
Since I’m pretty tech savvy I’d say activation went smoothly. However, if my parents were to try and get a smartphone and activate Straight Talk, they would not be able to do this whatsoever. I see this as a downfall for some users. However, if you’re like me, you should have no issues getting setup with Straight Talk.
I’ll continue to post my experience with Straight Talk as the days go by! If you ever have any questions or want to check-in, feel free to drop me a line via e-mail or the comments.