Taking An Unlocked Phone To T-Mobile? Here Are The Settings You Need For Data

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I’ve written extensively about T-Mobile in this last year, particularly about how they’re transforming the wireless industry and putting other telecom execs on notice. They’re bold. They’re brash. They’re loud and proud. And in truth, they’ve come a long way. T-Mobile and CEO John Legere have a lot to be proud of for what they’ve accomplished these last 12 months.

If you’re considering joining Magenta and want to take your current phone with you (assuming it’s unlocked), I’ve collected the necessary APN settings you’ll need to program into your device to make it recognize T-Mobile’s network.

If you’re using an iPhone, you can refer to this Apple support documentation that details how to modify your APN settings. If you’re using an Android phone, there’s not one specific way to navigate to this menu, as it varies between devices. Typically, however, you’ll go to Settings > Wireless and Networks > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names — or some slight variation of that.

Here are the specific T-Mobile APN Settings you’ll need to add:

APN: epc.tmobile.com and fast.t-mobile.com
Proxy: (blank)
Port: (blank)
username: (blank)
password: (blank)
Server: wap.voicestream.com
MMSC: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc
MMS Proxy: 216.155.165.50
MMS Port: (blank)
MCC: 310
MNC: 260
Authentication Type: (not set)
APN Type: default
APN Protocol: IPv4
Bearer: unspecified

Once you add these APN settings, you’ll need to restart your device for them to take effect. Going forward, you should be all set to browse the web and send / receive text and picture messages.

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  • mcaslan

    This is really useful information. Would you be able to investigate and expand the article with the network frequencies.

  • chuy

    it worked for me thank you!

  • ari

    Phone Model: Verizon Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile

    Used your settings exactky and I now receive picture text/mms and sms and reply to mms BUT I can not send or reply sms

  • buellfooll

    What should I be seeing when I navigate to the APN Settings screen? There is absolutely nothing there. Am I supposed to add the above text to this page? I am given the option to “Reset to default”

  • picsou

    used these settings and now my phone is not booting up anymore, please help don’t know what to do…

  • Sujan

    I had the same issue, the setting you have given here fixed the issue. Thanks

  • jesslovesyou8

    I got internet and messaging but I can’t receive picture messages please help?:(

  • Michele

    On the first line apn, you have the word ” and”separating the two sites. Do I put ? A comma or the actually and word?

    • number one

      If your phone is LTE use the one beginning with fast.
      If it’s not use the other.
      It’s one or the other NOT BOTH SITES.

  • john hancock

    Any hints on how to make the hotspot work on t-mobile network with an unlocked verizon phone? I have a hotspot plan with t-mobile.

  • john hancock

    the above worked fine to get internet to work on the phone, but hotspot error comes up.

  • Corliss Blackmon

    Will these settings work for providers using the T-Mobile towers

  • Jeff

    just changed from METRO to TMOBILE sim card. Was us able to get internet service. On phone. I used the above and it worked perfectly. Thank you very much