Advanced Chinese mobile phones are gaining an audience, but judging from the comments that are still piling up on this ChinaTech news item from May, there seems to be a growing need for a Chinese mobile phone hacking website — in English. Someone should do it!
UPDATE: Jeff writes, on Oct. 1, 2008: Hi there, you can find manuals and software for chinese phones easily: http://www.chinamanuals.com
Just check and ask for your specific model. They were very helpful to me (twice).
I checked the site and it looks good. END UPDATE
On May 21, 2007, ChinaTech posted a general news article/press release titled CECTs Mobile Handset Offers Fingerprint Recognition, which described the release of “the T100, a mobile phone featuring fingerprint recognition and streaming TV,” by Qiao Xing Mobile’s subsidiary CECT. A month later a reader named RUMELL posted the following:
I want to get CECT mobile phone software. please send this.
The comment has spawned a long scroll of desperate non-Chinese-speaking owners of CECT phones from all over the world, in search of help, hacks, software, CECT phones, and especially, manuals in English. People are exchanging emails. The article is the top Google hit for a search of “CECT mobile English.” Excerpted comments, including one exasperated reader who wonders why people buy phones they can’t operate, and even a Nigerian in search of business opportunities, below:
August 16th, 2007 at 6:49 am
I have the english manual for the CECT P186. e-mail me and I will send it
August 21st, 2007 at 8:09 pm
Hi, I need copy of the P168 manual in english….
August 23rd, 2007 at 9:09 pm
any one help, I have got a Cect P168 but its arrived ni chinese, can
anyone tell me how to change it to english please, I am really stuck
Ralph Harris Says:
August 25th, 2007 at 4:06 am
Try this eBay listing: 270158049230
August 29th, 2007 at 5:20 pm
i need a CECT mobile phone software too my phone looks like nokia
n73… but it’s not .. and i think it’s a CECT … send me pls the phone
software :(( thnx
September 1st, 2007 at 10:58 pm
Hi, I am unable to play any videos in my CECT phone that i am transferring from other phones. errror message is “invalid video file”. PLease Help me on this.
September 3rd, 2007 at 10:48 am
vidoes for cect are supposed to be in 3gp or mp4 format.
September 3rd, 2007 at 10:50 am
need an english manual for cect n99. need to know if i can install
applications and games. also how to transfer phone contacts from
another phone. email@example.com
September 5th, 2007 at 4:44 pm
can anyone e-mail me the official website for CECT
Indrajit Das Says:
September 9th, 2007 at 6:18 am
have purchased a CECT phone but not sure about which model.After a long
search i got to know that its a CECT mobile phone.can anyone send me a
CECT any model manual. can any one answer me some query regarding this phone.
1.What kind of OS is installed in CECT phone?
2. Can i installed additional software in this phone like i used to installed in Nokia N72
Symbian phone?? Thanks in advance.
Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 10th, 2007 at 4:01 am
I have one CECT N95,which soft install for put java applications/games inside. I try with PC-Sync Manager but wont install JAVA app.
BABA BELLO Says:
September 11th, 2007 at 1:04 am
Please i need the instruction manual to enable me enjoy full usage of my set and software to install the set on my Laptop.
September 22nd, 2007 at 2:21 am
am a propectus business man in Nigeria. Due to the current trend by
internals on Nigeria(we are regarded as fraudstars) i will like to get
to know more about the tv phones and how i can enter into a fraudulent
FREE transactions. I reside in okokomaiko Lagos State and own a mobile
phone shop in CC234,Alaba Int’l Market. Pls reply urgently(anyone with
a good bargain)
September 26th, 2007 at 2:26 pm
Why don’t you contact CECT and have them send you a bloody manual? Their web-site is located at www.cectelecom.com
September 26th, 2007 at 8:42 pm
Im a proud owner of CECT T888 and i wish they could add features like
bluetooth and pc sync.It sucks having to download almost everythin via
USB.But the fon is so cool!
September 27th, 2007 at 12:50 pm
Hi, i would like to buy 1 and possibly more CECT mobiles. Who is the cheapest seller of these that can post to australia?
October 5th, 2007 at 10:18 am
do all of you idiots need these manuals for CECT mobile phones? Why
didn’t you think of that when you bought those Chinese phones?
Obviously since so many don’t have a manual, they are difficult to
find, and therefore they probably are not available. Are there this
many stupid consumers on planet earth that still buy dumb Chinese
October 5th, 2007 at 9:01 pm
guys, i have a cect HLF-K808 phone - it has a chinese manual. i wonder
if some of you have an english maual for that and if do so can you
kindly send it to my emaol - email@example.com
- another question - are cect phone capable of having other softwares
like java, or ebooks, is it instalble. what os is being use in it.
thank you for your help!
October 7th, 2007 at 9:45 am
I have the user’s manual for setting up the SMS, MMS and the internet settings. Just email me. I’ll send it to you.
And the most recent comment, from ana, today, continuing the call for help:
Hi I need copy of the a380 fingerprint ecryption manual in english….Thanks