Windows 7 and Windows 8 Straight Talk Data Setup

When you activate your Straight Talk sim card, the only thing that will work straight away is voice and sms (text messaging). So what is activating the Straight Talk data all about? This is basically your connection to the internet. Your browser, App Market or any app that connects to the internet all use the Straight Talk data and will not work without setting this up. Keep in mind that activating the Data will not make MMS work, check out the Windows 7 MMS compatible page for phones that support MMS with Straight Talk. Scroll down to see the Data Setup Instructions.

Windows 8 data activation is done pretty much the same way. Luckily, the new Windows 8 OS also gives us the ability to add an MMS APN as well so there is no need to rely on an app to do this.

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Windows 7

Activating the Straight Talk data plan on any Windows 7 phone is very simple. This this will work on any Windows 7 device including the Dell Venue Pro, HTC HD7, HTC Radar, HTC Surround, LG Quantum C900, Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 900, Samsung Focus, Samsung Focus Flash, Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus 2 .

Alternatively, if you have the Nokia Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800, Lumia 900, Samsung Focus Flash, Samsung Focus S or Samsung Focus 2, you can use either the Nokia Network Setup app for Nokia models or the Samsung Wireless Manager for Samsung models to setup your data.

Windows 8

Activating the Straight Talk data plan on the new Windows 8 os is just as simple as it was on Windows 7. The Straight Talk data will work on any current Windows 8 device including the Nokia Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Lumia 1020, HTC 8x , HTC 8s and Huawei W1. Note that the phones must be GSM so either AT&T or TMobile this means Verizon Windows 8 devices will not work with the Straight Talk Sim card. As previously mentioned, you can also add the Straight Talk MMS settings on Windows 8 without the need of an app. Microsoft was kind enough to give us access to the MMS apn.

Windows 7 and 8 Data Setup

Activating your Windows 7 or 8 device with Straight Talk is relatively simple. You will need to order the correct Straight Talk Sim card kit. There are 3 kits available so you will need to select the correct one based on the type of phone you have, unlocked phone, AT&T locked or TMobile locked. If MMS is a must have then get a Windows 8 phone or check out the Windows 7 Comparison Page because not all Windows 7 phone support MMS. So here are the instructions on activating your Straight Talk Sim card kit with your Windows 7 or 8 phone.

1. Activate your Sim card kit using the Straight Talk web page. You will activate your Straight Talk sim card by selecting the Activate/Reactivate link on the Straight Talk web page. Even though you just have a Sim card, you will be activating just as if it were a phone. You will need the Sim serial number that's on the red card included with your Straight Talk Sim kit. Follow the easy prompts on the Straight Talk web page to complete the activation. In most cases, the Sim will be active and ready to use in under 10 minutes.

2. If your Windows phone is new to you, the phone will walk you through a few simple prompts. You will need a Windows Live id for the App Market place so you may want to set one up before hand.

3. With your Straight Talk sim card active, it is time to install the sim card on the phone. This of course varies slightly from model to model but all will be in the back so you will need to remove the battery cover and the battery on some models. Reboot the phone once you have the Sim card installed. At this point, your Windows phone can make/receive phone calls and standard text messages.

4. With your Windows 7 or 8 phone active, it's time to get your Data working so be sure to turn your WiFi off so we can test when done. From the home screen, tap the Arrow or Gear icon to go to the settings menu.

5. Scroll to find Settings and tap.

6. Scroll to find Cellular and tap.

7. Set the Data Connection setting to On then tap Edit APN.

8. Finally, you will enter the Straight Talk apn. In the APN box, enter att.mvno. That's all you need to enter so you can ignore the rest of the settings.

9. That's it! Test your data by firing up Internet Explorer and visiting your favorite website.