Carrier How to get Straight Talk LTE working on iPhone 5

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  1. deluxe498 macrumors newbie

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    So as you all may know, Straight talk is now offering LTE to BYOP AT&T sim customers. Here is proof that LTE is now working with the iPhone 5. I tried calling straight talk several times and spent countless hours on the phone trying to get LTE to work. I ordered a new sim card and still nothing. I finally reached a rep who know what she was talking about and stated that to get LTE to work, Straight Talk created new APN settings for the iPhone 5. LTE is available in my area (Fresno,CA) and well I can pick up LTE almost everywhere I drive around. Enjoy! Below are picutures showing LTE working.


    Cellular data

    apn: tfdata
    username:
    password:


    MMS
    APN: tfdata
    username:
    password:
    MMSC: http://mms-tf.net
    MMS Proxy: mms3.tracfone.com
    MMS max Message size: 1048576
     

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  2. Hungry&Foolish Suspended

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    Thanks for the post, will try soon as i get my new sim. Thanks.
     
  3. stuser macrumors newbie

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    Thanks deluxe498! I'll be sure to use those settings. How long did it take Straight Talk to move your account from your old SIM card to your new LTE SIM?

    I completed the activation on Straight Talk's website today around 1:50pm CST, but the new LTE SIM isn't working yet (about 4hrs later). The iPhone 5 still works with the "old" 3G/4G SIM at least. Looking forward to LTE speeds!
     
  4. deluxe498 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great, let us know if it worked for you!

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    it only took about 2 mins. they had me turn off my phone and then turn it back on and my new sim was activated. during that time, they still hadnt given me the new apn settings until later that day when i called back and the new rep provided the LTE APN settings. let us know how it goes :D
     
  5. stuser macrumors newbie

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    Wahoo! Just noticed my phone was displaying "No Service" so I put the new LTE SIM in and loaded the APN settings you provided (using the T-Mobile SIM swap method) and it works! It's about twice as fast - before I was getting about 3.2Mbps on average. Thank you!
     

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  6. edtorious macrumors 65816

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    Hi, I'm getting the Verizon iPhone 5s and I plan to get the Straight Talk service but I'm still confused as for the process to get the Straight Talk. I went to their website but I'm sorry I'm still a little confused. I've been with major carriers and never with prepaid plans so sorry for the ignorance.

    First of all, I would like to port my Verizon number to Straight Talk and so how do I do that? So can I just go to Walmart and buy the Straight Talk sim card? If so, what kind of sim card do I buy? The AT&T compatible Micro sim card or the AT&T sim card? And once I get the sim card, I guess I will replace the Verizon sim card on the iPhone 5s with the Straight Talk sim card and does it work automatically? Will I be able to port my Verizon number thru Straight Talk thru the phone?

    Or do I just go to Straight Talk website and use their 'Activate Service with a number from another company feature' providing my iPhone 5s serial number, zip code and credit card number? But will it work without having a Straight Talk sim? And once I have ported my Verizon number to Straight Talk, do I still have to call Verizon to cancel my service? I'm really new in all of this so sorry for the questions but please advise. Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  7. Surrylic macrumors regular

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    Wait, 4Mbps is LTE level speed on Straight Talk? That's rough :/ LTE on my AT&T phone is near 20 Mbps.. Just tested on 3G speeds (all that's available at my apartment) and I got 5.57Mbps down. The upload speed on ST LTE is way faster, as mine is only 1.8. But that's rough. Eh... Still worth it I suppose. I have the smallest available AT&T plan that includes minutes and data, with NO texting, and it's still $70/month. I'd take slower speeds to drop to $45ish :)
     
  8. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Can you finally get MMS working on a ST iphone? I'd be curious if you still get slower speeds, when I compared ST to gophone using 2 of the same phones ST was consistently MUCH slower in data.

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    Gophone is $60, callingmart.com regularly has the refills for $57, out the door, no added tax/fees, etc. If you get the ST refills you pay tax, making it around $48ish, or you can get cheaper minutes if you want to take a risk with shady ebay sellers. For me the extra $9/month is well worth the increased data speeds, customer service, ability to stream whatever I want with my 2gb, and ability to MMS message and use visual voicemail. YMMV.
     
  9. famous600 macrumors 6502a

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    You guys have HORRIBLE LTE speeds. I'm on straight talk and average between 12-15 Mbps download speed on my iphone 5
     

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  10. stuser macrumors newbie

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    I am not 100% sure, but I don't believe you can use a Verizon iPhone (which is CDMA) with Straight Talk's BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) SIM card program (which uses GSM). I'm sure someone will correct me here if I'm wrong.

    As far as the number porting goes - I came from Cingular/AT&T to Straight Talk. I had my AT&T iPhone 4 (GSM) unlocked by AT&T after my contract was up. Then I bought a SIM card from Straight Talk's BYOP web site and activated it online. Their web site walks you through the number transfer process. It took a few hours, but the number came over without a hassle and AT&T cancelled my account automatically and sent me a check prorated for the month.

    I did month-to-month with Straight Talk for 2 months before purchasing the 1 year plan, which makes it cheaper per month. I've never had a problem with the service.

    Be careful if you upgrade on Verizon to the 5s and then cancel as you may have to pay a cancellation fee. If you like the Verizon service in your area I think Straight Talk uses Verizon in their iPhone 5 model exclusively, which is now only $400 on their website. Not sure when they will get the 5s.
     
  11. famous600 macrumors 6502a

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    Decided to run another test when I went out to grab dinner. Needless to say the results are pretty staggering for a $45/mo plan.
     

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  12. stuser macrumors newbie

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    That's pretty sweet! You must get a great signal. I'll have to try another test when I'm out and about. I'm only getting between 7-9Mbps at the house.
     
  13. Hustle macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone know what LTE band Straight Talk (or AT&T I'm guessing?) use?

    Trying to work out if my UK iPhone 5S will work with their LTE when I visit the states. I know I can get Straight Talk AT&T 3G, Straight Talk T-Mobile Edge (no 3G as no 1700/2100 band).

    Not sure about LTE.
     
  14. famous600 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using ATT LTE bands
     
  15. coair73x macrumors newbie

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    It should work fine on LTE. That phone I understand uses more LTE bands then the 5. T-Mobile is still building out the 1900 3G band in many cities in the States also.

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    This is great news. Thanks for the the info. I was wanted to try this using the T-mobile band sim. I already an at&t in contract using an iPhone 5 and get great LTE results. T-Mobile is building out their LTE network and this would be a good way to test it. I wish Straight Talk would offer Nano sim kits. You have to buy a Micro and cut it down it looks now. I think I am going to test a T-Mobile Micro Straight Talk Sim and cut it down to Nano. I understand you won`t get throttled using the T-Mobile sim as fast as you would with the 1.5GB cap using the at&t Straight Talk sim.
     
  16. tharepairguy macrumors member

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    For those of you that use StraightTalk. Does VVM work with the 5s? I stream pandora but usually stay under 1gb per month, will I get blacklisted? Thx as I'm sure this has been answered somewhere.
     
  17. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    i don't know the answer to your question but i think most people have gotten away with 2gb and under.
     
  18. solo118 macrumors 65816

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    Great info!

    So LTE should work on my unlocked at&t iphone 5 on straight talk? And is it confirmed that MMS is working (I recall a while ago MMS did not work)

    If I can get this set up on my ip5 I will hand it over to my wife so I can finally get rid of Verizon (and their high bills!)


    Edit: Just noticed the iphone 5 (refurb) is only $444 on ST's website. Thats a pretty good deal since my wife prefers the white one.
     
  19. appletest macrumors newbie

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    If you have a LTE compatible phone and want to enable LTE on your straight talk account which has been active for a 1year+(old att.mvno), I understand you need a new sim card.

    I have the new sim card, do you do the transfer online which is easier to enable LTE or do you need to call and speak to a ST rep.

    On the ST support chat they seem to say I needed to call but I imagine that can be painful. I was wondering what other people did.
     
  20. SimplyiOS macrumors member

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    I just made the switch today to my new LTE sim by calling the customer service number. Was a 10 minute call and my new SIM was activated by the end of the call.
     
  21. sweeedfish macrumors newbie

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    Not sure if anyone has the answer to this, but if I purchased the iPhone 5 reconditioned from the straight talk website and also had the straight talk at&t 4ge lte sim card would I be able to use 4g? Or do I need an at&t phone that has been unlocked to have the 4g lte?
     
  22. appletest macrumors newbie

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    You would not get LTE as that straight talk iphone 5 is a verizon CDMA phone and has different LTE bands than the ATT/TMobile/Unlocked iphones.

    This explains what the different LTE bands are all about
    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/
     
  23. melodyj81 macrumors newbie

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    Straight Talk ATT SIM Activation ZIP Code

    I did not get the t-mobile one because we have no coverage. But when I activate the ATT SIM I get the error that the zip code doesn't work. Can you please tell me the zip code you used to activate your ATT SIM. I really want to use my new phone. Thanks
     
  24. thane185 macrumors newbie

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    Any Verizon iPhone 5 comes factory unlocked which means you can put any SIM card in it and it will work right away. If you have a AT&T iPhone it does not need to be unlocked it will work with ST AT&T sims anyway. If you want mms and data you will need to jailbreak your iPhone. You can use tmoble sim swap but if you **** your phone off you have to so the sim swap again. Best to jailbreak you will love the jailbreak.

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    I currently use a Verizon iPhone 5 with ST AT&T sim. Lte works as it should with no problems.
     
  25. wxman2003 Suspended

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    The verizon iphone 5s should work as it now has all the LTE bands and is unlocked. The 5 was not capable of using LTE, as it did not have those carriers LTE bands. Many people are using their verizon 5s on at&t and t-mobile with their LTE.
     

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