The Phone Saga Continued — Getting Things to Work with my Lumia 640, Windows 10 Mobile and TracFone.

The first part of the journey (getting my first smartphone) is here.

Edit: I also came across this after writing this entry. You might want to do a hard reset first. I did not.

One of the annoyances that prompted me to go ahead and download Windows 10 on my Lumia 640 was that I couldn’t seem to receive media over text messages (I would try, and it would forever be stuck on “getting media content”). I found a few convoluted-looking solutions online, but hoped that Windows 10 would just fix it for me behind the scenes. Sadly, it did not.

Getting data from your TracFone network on your Lumia 640 without a Wi-Fi connection on Windows 10 Mobile:

First, since it’s somewhat related and much less of a headache, here’s how to get the internet to work outside of your wireless range in Windows 10 Mobile starting from the home screen. We’ll go ahead and start by disabling our wireless connection so we can see if it’s working when we’re done:

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Wi-Fi => Wi-Fi networking: Off

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Cellular & Sim => Data Connection: On

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Cellular & Sim => SIM Settings => Internet APN => Add an Internet APN:

Profile name: [whatever you want]
APN: RESELLER
User name: [blank]
Password: [blank]
Type of sign-in info: PAP
IP type: IPv4 (change from default)
[keep checked] “Use this APN for LTE and palce the one from my mobile operator”
Proxy server: [blank]
Proxy port: [blank]
[keep checked] “Apply this profile”

-Turn your phone off and back on. If successful, you’ll be able to for example get google results as long as you have bars. You can turn your Wi-Fi back on without worries.

Getting media content in text messages (MMS) on the TracFone network on your Lumia 640 without a Wi-Fi connection on Windows 10 Mobile:

It seems that you have to disable Wi-Fi (assuming you are in range of a network) if you want to download media content of any kind (i.e. pictures) from a text message (UPDATE: thankfully, it seems like we only need to do this once). First, we need to set up the correct APN for the TracFone network:

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Cellular & Sim => SIM Settings => Internet APN => Add an MMS APN:

Profile name: [whatever you want]
APN: RESELLER
User name: [blank]
Password: [blank]
Type of sign-in info: PAP
IP type: IPv4
Proxy server: proxy.mobile.att.net
Proxy port: 80
MMSC (URL) http://mmsc.mobile.att.net/
MMSC Port: 80
Maximum MMS size (KB): 1024

Now, here are the step by step procedures I needed to follow to download (and send) my first media content through text messages.

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Wi-Fi => Wi-Fi networking: Off

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Cellular & Sim => Data Connection: On

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Airplane mode => On

[wait about 30 seconds]

-All Apps => Settings => Network & Wireless => Airplane mode => Off

[restart phone]

Once you reconnect to the cellular network, you should be able to download the media content from your text messages.* If you reconnect to a Wi-Fi network, you might have to go through this process again (I was given that impression, but actually it seems like it’s continuing to work regardless of my Wi-Fi settings). Naturally, there are plenty of ways to send media to other folks than text messages these days, so you might find that to be the easier option.

*if no Wi-Fi is in range and you are having trouble, the trick here is go ahead and disable Wi-Fi and possibly restart the phone. Yeah, pretty annoying.

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