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Old May 14th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I got an unlocked inspire off ebay(my 1st smart phone) to use with straight talk.In order to use the data on straight talk I had to add their apn.I did but I could only get on internet with wi-fi.I called and the girl I talked to told me to delete these 2 extra values that I didn't need.She said if nothing changed I could put the 2 values back on.When I rebooted the phone the enitire straight talk apn was gone and There is no where for me to add one.How can I fix this?Straight talk said they can't help me and htc told me the same thing.GGRRR Can someone PLEASE help me???

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Check the link in my signature line for straight talking a android phone, but remember you need to use your wifi to download a app called "APN backup and Restore."
Without that app you can't access your apns to reset them to STs settings.
The link provides the APN settings for the old Nokia swap and the APNs for that might work if your sim is a ATT sim or it will work if you are doing a Nokia swap to Android.
Hope this helps.
Sorry about that. Wrong forum, give me a second to get the directions for you.
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I figured how to add the apn but it's still not working.I am not smartphone or computer savvy sorry if I sound dumb.If I have a signal I should be able to get on inet right?

There are 2 other apn's on my phone-media net and MMS do I need to delete these?
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Ok here your go.

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How To: Straight Talk and Android - SIM Swap from Nokia Smartphone
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For the latest information on using an Android phone on ST, you can also check the Wiki:
http://wiki.howardforums.com/index.p...t_Talk_Android


Ok..apparently there are still a few people confused on how to make this work. and a few more that are too lazy to use the search function on HoFo. We don't mind answering questions, but we get tired of repeating ourselves.

Please realize that unlike the iPhone many Androids vary slightly from phone to phone as they are made by many different manufacturers. That is the reason I don't have an xml file listed for an easy install of the APNs. The field positions and names of those fields sometimes change slightly from phone to phone.

If you want to be able to tether and your phone doesn't already have that option or your phones service provider has that option locked out then I suggest you check out the XDA developers site and search their forums for information about rooting, sideloading, and installing custom ROMs. This isn't the correct website for that and those guys are very knowledgeable. Save yourself some grief though. They can be less patient on that site about people asking questions without doing their own research than we are, but they literally wrote the book on how to do this. Some phones will be easier to root, some not. Some do not have rooting available. Tethering and using some of the better backup apps is pretty much the main reason some of the more novice users root. There's more technical stuff that can be done, but I don't want to bore you and that isn't the point of this thread.

The unlocking of a cell phone is not necessary to use it with a Straight Talk SIM so long as it is an AT&T phone. T-Mobile phones will need to be unlocked(sometimes rooting your phone will unlock it like my Inspire, sometimes an app will do it like the Samsung Captivate, and sometimes hiring a service is the only way.....do your own research), but you will not have 3G capability on them because Straight Talk uses AT&T's network for the Nokia E71 and the Nokia 6790(these are the ONLY phones that have a usable SIM for this). T-Mobile uses a different 3G frequency and that CANNOT be changed.....you will be stuck with Edge.....or 1G....or whatever you want to call it.....and it's slow, but it will work.
The above comments are true only for the Nokia to Android switch, they are not true for the Straight Talk sim program where you can buy a ATT or TM sim through ST and activate them and then put them in your phone. The ATT or TM sims from ST will work in locked or unlocked phones, so there is no need to spend extra on a unlocked fone if you don't have to have it.

This is information that was collected by a few members of HoFo.....not the least of which was Mr. Boomy(thanks man....). I take no credit.

First thing you have to do is purchase a Nokia E71 or Nokia 6790 from Straight Talk and activate it. Then get the Android phone of your choice(this method should work on all Android devices 2.1 and up...not sure on the older ones). Take the SIM card out of the E71 and put it in the Android phone.

Hook the phone up to a WiFi connection. Set up a google account on the phone if you haven't already. Go to your market. Download APN Backup And Restore. Use that app to backup the existing APN addresses to your SD card(in the event you need to restore it later if you decide to sell the phone). Then delete the APNs(they can interfere with your new ST APN).

Go to Settings>Wireless & Networks>Mobile Networks>Access Point Names.....press the menu button on your home row(the appearance and position may vary depending on the phone...consult the user's manual if it's not obvious). You should now have the option to create a new APN.

Fill in the following fields(note that this info creates TWO APNs). Do not change the defaults in the other fields.

First APN

Name
HOME

APN
att.mvno

Leave everything else alone EXCEPT the bottom selection that says:

APN type (here you must enter the following)
default,supl

Then save, next choose to add another APN
make it look like this:

Name
MMS

APN
att.mvno

skip down to
MMSC
http://mmsc.cingular.com

MMS proxy
proxy.mvno.tracfone.com

MMS port
80

skip to:
APN type (enter the following)
mms
THEN SAVE

Then select the APN(you won't be able to select the MMS one....this is normal)
Then reboot the phone.

Done.


Note: If you experience issues with MMS use the above info to create just one APN. Just be sure to leave the APN type blank or whatever the default is. Like this.....

Name
Straight Talk

APN
att.mvno

skip down to
MMSC
http://mmsc.cingular.com

MMS proxy
proxy.mvno.tracfone.com

MMS port
80

THEN SAVE

Then select it and reboot.


One additional note: For those wondering about the voicemail speed dial. Here's how I set it up on my Inspire. Go to Settings>Call>Voicemail Settings and tap on Voicemail Number. You should have the option to type in a new number. Type in your ten digit phone number and save. Done. This may vary slightly depending on the phone.

Last of all....don't abuse your data usage. If you read the fine print in your Straight Talk ToS you will find there are limits to their "unlimited" service. Streaming Netflix and Pandora as well as tethering alot can sky rocket the amount of data usage. They never have given an exact amount as a limit, but they can, will, and have cut off peoples data or even their service all together. Most of the cases where we have had people post that they cut off was when they did something stupid like streaming a ton of video....that's enough to get you cut off or throttled on a lot of carriers. Use common sense. Use WiFi when possible and don't treat your phones internet as you would your home internet connection. Some people use 2GB a month as their limit....the amount may be higher, but try not to test it too much. There are data usage counters in the Market. If you get your data cut off tell customer service you were streaming YouTube on your E71, don't mention your Android phone. Most have managed to get their service back on after that. And only call customer service with the ST phone, they can see your IMEI number and will know you're using another phone otherwise. If you're just adding a refill card don't worry about it.

Oh yeah. Recently a couple of people got cut off for making international calls. Don't do it...not even to Canada. Straight Talk has international packages available.....look into it on their website.
A few months back another member posted these directions but I have no idea where that was. If you have a TMobile sim from Straight Talk just follow these directions but use the APN settings provided with your TM sim card.
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The above directions are courtesy of another forum, but since some forums do not like other forums being mentioned or linked in their forum and I don't know how this forum feels about that stuff I am leaving that information out, but will give it on request.
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not to sound too dumb BUT Do I have to go buy a nokia phone?
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No question is dumb if asked in sincerity. And the direct answer is no.
Lets go over what you already have to be sure you have everything you need first.
In your first post you said.

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I got an unlocked inspire off ebay(my 1st smart phone) to use with straight talk
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This means you talked to someone at ST
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I called and the girl I talked to told me to delete these 2 extra values that I didn't need.She said if nothing changed I could put the 2 values back on
But just to be sure, let me ask if you have a straight talk sim? If you bought one from the ST web sight for 15.00 you do not need to buy a Nokia phone as the Nokia phone at a time was the only way to get a unlocked StraightTalk sim card that could be used in a third party phone.
If you do have a Straight Talk sim, what provider is it through, is it through AT&T or T Mobile. I know you will have gotten it through ST but the sim receives service through one of those two providers.
Next is you have a HTC Inspire, this is a ATT phone so you will need to be sure you have a ATT sim, if you have a T Mobile sim you will have to get the HTC Inspire unlocked before the TM sim will work in it. Even then your data speeds may not be their best, so lets hope that you have a ATT sim.
Once you have your ducks in a row, those being, the phone, a ATT sim, the next thing is to be sure the sim is activated, this should already be done or when you talked to ST they would have told you your sim was not active, next, using your wifi go to the Android Play Store and down load the "APN backup and Restore" app, and then follow the directions above.

I was thinking about this earlier and it occurred to me that it may be necessary to do a factory restore on the phone before doing these things to get the original APNs back before using the app.
There are other apps you can use to change the APNs but "APN Backup and Restore" is the one most often recommended.
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first,I want to thank you for your help!!!Yes it is a sincere question.

Yes I have an att straight talk sim.Everything on the phone works but the data so I'm pretty sure it's active.

If I do a factory restore I will loose everything(apps,ppl ect.) I have put on the phone right?

The other 2 apn's I can not delete or mofify so should I really reset?

Thanks again for helping me out!!
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I'm with straight talk and I use this apn setting
name= Staright Talk
apn= att.mvno
proxy= leave blank
port= 80
mmsc= http://mmsc.cingular.com
mms proxy= 66.209.11.33
port= 80

This works for my inspire hope it helps you.
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ATT sim you purchased from ST. Your sure all your APNs are correct? Be sure periods in the settings above are periods on your phone etc.
I have heard that HTC phones have more trouble than others, I know I had a HTC Aria and everything worked except picture messages. Handsent app will do it when the phone wont.
If the APNs provided by ljfnky don't work I am at a loss. Hopefully someone who knows more can swing in and help.
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It does work for me and actually the apn from Straight Talk that I got with the sim card worked for me but last week for unknown reasons it stopped working I messed around with it for a couple of days contacted Straight Talk they said this--->Hi Les. We have checked the programming of your phone and it is provisioned correctly. Please try to contact your phone's manufacturer or contact your old service provider or your may also refer to your phone's manual for the APN settings. Thanks.


Thank you for being our customer.

I knew it wasn't my phone I recently bought it brand new off amazon. Since I was on my own with this issue I tried different configurations and it didn't work. I also tried a app called Tweakker from the market, it worked but as soon as I toggled wifi on/off data was lost again so I deleted the apn that Tweakker had made and then used the apn I posted above and it worked and has been for the last 5 days, I also emailed back to Straight Talk the apn settings that worked.
With the original apn from the sim card activation card I sometimes had to toggle airplane mode when I switched from data to wifi to get data to work but with the settings above It seem's I don't have to do that anymore.
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The apn I entered have been the same as ljfnky has and I also put in what straight has which is the same but with proxy-proxy.mvno.tracfone.com

I've done it both ways and neither works.I contact straight talk and get the same line as ljfnky.I'm soon gonna say the hell with it and just use wi-fi when I can.I will say I already miss verizon due to signal strength SUCKS with att!!!But my bill is WAY cheaper with ST.
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Did you try the Tweakker app from the android market ? I should have wrote the apn down when I tested it but I didn't. I just didn't continue using Tweakker apn cause it didn't work with wifi on my phone for some reason or another but I've read others have had luck with it on theirs.

I hope you get it figured out and when you do get it working please post your working apn settings.

"Note" I did use apn backup and restore from the android market to backup then delete the two locked apn's on my phone so all I have is the one single Straight Talk apn
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I'm getting closer!! I got the apn backup and restore app,deleted the 2 apn's that were on the phone added the ST apn less proxy part and now when I try inet I no longer get the error message about needing inet connection oe wifi. GETTIN THERE.

Now I'll try that tweakker apn.
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tweakker didn't work
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That's weird Tweakker worked on my phone but like I said it didn't work well with switching back and forth from wifi so I deleted that apn.
Did you re-try the apn from the sim activation card?
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I'm getting closer!! I got the apn backup and restore app,deleted the 2 apn's that were on the phone added the ST apn less proxy part and now when I try inet I no longer get the error message about needing inet connection oe wifi. GETTIN THERE.

Now I'll try that tweakker apn.
Ok you tried it less the proxy, have you tried it with the proxy? While the ATT sim I have came from my Noka E71 the settings in the post I made with the APN directions worked for everything except MMS/picture messaging. And that was a known issue with HTC phones.
If you have a min, can you get the card out that came with your ATT sim and look at the APNs they gave you and check them against the ones in my post or better yet, Can you post here what the APN settings are that they provided to you. I know what the T Mobile APNs are because I have a TM phone that I purchased one of the sims for, and I know what the Nokia/ATT/APNs are because of my first ST phone and the post above, but I don't know what the APNs are for the ST/ATT/sim are, they may be the same as those above, and they may be different.
So.... if you can post the APNs that came on the card that came with your sim it would be nice.
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apn setting from Straight Talk sim activation card and from Support | Straight Talk

This is apn from sim activation card

NAME Straight Talk
APN att.mvno
PROXY proxy.mvno.tracfone.com
PORT 80
MMSC http://mmsc.cingular.com
MMS PROXY 66.209.11.33
MMS PORT 80

This is apn from Straight Talk link above

NAME straight talk
APN att.mvno
PROXY proxy.mvno.tracfone.com
PORT 80
MMSC http://mmsc.cingular.com
MMS PROXY 66.209.11.33
MMS PORT 80

One difference with the Straight Talk sim activation card is the S and the T in Straight Talk are capital letters S and T but on the support link above they are shown in lower case. "I have read that some phones are case sensitive".

note. the apn I'm using that works for me is without the proxy.mvno.tracfone.com and Straight Talk is with a capital S and T
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FINALLY got it to work.Don't know how since I used this apn like 3 times prior with no result.I think the phone is screwed up.It shuts down every morning at least 4 times most mornings a lot more.But anyway I'm using the same apn as ljfnky=

Name=Straight Talk
APN=att.mvno
port=80
mmsc=http://mmsc.cingular.com
mms proxy=66.209.11.33
mms port=80


Phone shut down while typing this
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Well that's great that you got your data working... but that shutting down crap would drive me crazy. My question is it shutting down completely and you have to manually restart it ? or is it shutting down and restarting on it's own ?
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It shuts down then restarts itself.Yes it is driving me CRAZY!!Funny part is it has only done it first thing in the morning.Yesterday it did it 7-8 times in a row.
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