Straighttalk iphone data stopped working how to fix

After let­ting my ser­vice lapse for a day I re-filled my data straight talk ser­vice and went about my busi­ness.   How­ever,  after search­ing for the cur­rent state of Hous­ton Traf­fic.  I found that my data was no longer work­ing as usual.   After a day or so I real­ized that the prob­lem was not going to fix itself, so I looked into what the prob­lem could be and thought that it might have some­thing o do with my oper­at­ing sys­tem.   I found sim­i­lar sto­ries that pointed to this being the issue.  How­ever after attempt­ing to update my iphone to a jail break­able IOS6x   I could not reach a server for some still unknown rea­son.   I thought it might have some­thing to do with my new home router block­ing the ports that are needed to update using Itunes.     Fast for­ward 1 month and I let my ser­vice lapse yet again.

This time I noted what I thought was just typ­i­cal TOS type of text.    It men­tioned the need to update the APN set­tings.     I fol­lowed the sim­ple instruc­tions for IPHONE  which fol­low gen­eral phone instructions.

These are the steps I took to Update my Straighttalk Iphone settings:  

I went to the URL (below) using safari on my iphone.  I then clicked Update and then Install  as instructed.   How­ever a mes­sage informed me that only one APN pro­file can be used.   I wrote down my own set­tings (just in case) and I pro­ceeded to go to set­tings > gen­eral > net­work> and deleted my old profile

After delet­ing my old pro­file I did the update / and install steps.    I then  turned off WIFI  (use set­tings ) rebooted my Iphone .  And then tested my  con­nec­tion  (being sure WIFI is OFF) and it worked again.    YES!    Im a happy data using camper…. and this was a fairly easy fix.   I went a month with­out data.   I con­sid­ered going to a phone ser­vice only plan to save even more money.  But I like to use the DATA for sev­eral rea­sons.  So, I’ll most likely keep it.  Below are the instruc­tions from the Straight talk –

From the Straight talk site:

Impor­tant Information

  • To com­plete your acti­va­tion, turn your phone OFF and imme­di­ately back ON.
  • Make a call. If after 10 min­utes you are unable to make and receive calls, turn your phone OFF and back ON again.
  • If your call was not suc­cess­ful, wait 1 hour and repeat these steps.
  • To suc­cess­fully acti­vate your phone’s Inter­net and mul­ti­me­dia mes­sag­ing, you will need to update your phone’s APN (Access Point Name) set­tings using the steps below.


Once you have reached your phone’s APN (Access Point Name) set­tings, cre­ate a new APN with the fol­low­ing values.

  • APN Name: Straight Talk
  • APN: tfdata
  • Port: 80
  • MMSC:
  • MMS Proxy:
  • MMS Port: 80
  • Delete the cur­rent APN from your phone.
  • Reboot your phone.

If you need fur­ther instruc­tions on how to cre­ate the new APN (Data Set­tings) click here


If you have an iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 or 4S run­ning iOS 4.0 or higher, you may fol­low the instruc­tions below and we can attempt to update your APN set­tings. This may not work based on lim­i­ta­tions and con­fig­u­ra­tion set­tings you may have on your iPhone, please con­tact the man­u­fac­turer or point of pur­chase for fur­ther sup­port regard­ing your phone.

  • While on Wi-Fi, open Safari and type in
  • Tap “Install,” then tap “Install Now.”
  • Enter your pass code if prompted, and tap “Done.”
  • At this point exit your browser, turn OFF Wi-Fi, and re-boot your phone.
  • With Wi-Fi off, access Safari to ensure your data con­nec­tion is working.

Please note this will not enable MMS (Mul­ti­me­dia Mes­sag­ing). To use MMS, you may need to make fur­ther changes to your iPhone in order to update your MMS set­tings. You may search online for more information.

By access­ing from your iPhone, you are agree­ing to our Terms and Conditions.


  • Updat­ing your APN set­tings does not guar­an­tee that MMS (Multimedia/Picture Mes­sag­ing) will work. MMS is depen­dent upon your phone model’s lim­i­ta­tions. It may take up to 24 hours for MMS ser­vices to be activated.
  • If you need fur­ther assis­tance updat­ing your APN set­tings, please refer to your phone’s user man­ual and manufacturer.
  • No Refunds will be issued for this SIM Card or Air­time PIN purchases.


About the author

 Straighttalk iphone data stopped working how to fix I’ve started design­ing web­sites while at Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton dur­ing my first Pho­to­shop 3.1 expe­ri­ence in 1996 on a Mac­in­tosh com­puter. I built my own com­put­ers (Win­dows PCs) with the help of a friend and have been dig­i­tally involved ever since. I am both Win­dows and PC lit­er­ate but grav­i­tate toward OSX. I’ve grad­u­ally got­ten back to my roots as a tac­tile artist / designer by work­ing more with tra­di­tional medi­ums like draw­ing, paint­ing, and mixed media.

I've started designing websites while at University of Houston during my first Photoshop 3.1 experience in 1996 on a Macintosh computer. I built my own computers (Windows PCs) with the help of a friend and have been digitally involved ever since. I am both Windows and PC literate but gravitate toward OSX. I've gradually gotten back to my roots as a tactile artist / designer by working more with traditional mediums like drawing, painting, and mixed media.

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