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New Phone

Discussion in 'Smartphones and Tablets - Software' started by TimW, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Yeah yeah ....it's a flip phone. Seems to be an android base. Apparently I can download stuff. Any suggestions? Free of course!!
     
  2. Just Playin

    Just Playin MajorGeek

    What model? I've got a friend whose wife wants him to upgrade but he likes flip phones.
     
  3. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    It is a ZTE Z233VL .... Got it from Straight Talk.
     
  4. Imandy Mann

    Imandy Mann MajorGeek

    They've had several models on the web site, free with a data card. Some could be bought with a minimum plan. Saw some hotspots also with a small data plan available.
     
  5. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Got suggestion for apps?
     
  6. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

    I have less than a handfull because of the many pre-installed apps on my phone.

    MyPhoneExplorer - Everything on my phone is saved to my PC.
    WhatsApp.

    Have a look at these...
    Waze. (Driving instructions)
    VirusTotal.
    CCleaner.
    EssentialPIM.
    Dub Music Player.
    CM Flashlight.

    I download from APK4Fun.
    https://www.apk4fun.com/app/apps/
     
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  7. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Ok, Eldon. Downloaded MyPhoneExplorer .... waiting on the bluetooth dongle to be shipped. I see MG's has Waze. Now I have to figure out how to download stuff to the phone. LOL
     
  8. plodr

    plodr Major Geek Super Extraordinaire

  9. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Why yes it does! Humm.....
     
  10. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    So i canceled my bluetooth dongle order. MyPhoneExplorer doesn't work. But I can view everything on the computer with the charging cable!! Sweet.
     
  11. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Ok, this is driving me crazy. If I go to google play, it ask for a password. I can enter the characters but not the numbers. If I go to MG's, there is only a list of files and no search. Can't zoom out.
     
  12. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Changed my password to all characters...got an email from google saying my phone is now synced, but if I try to download an app, it says no phone associated with this account.
     
  13. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

    MyPhoneExplorer does work. You can connect via USB cable, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You have to install the client on your phone. You'll find it in Program Files > MyPhoneExplorer - mpeclient.apk.

    MyPhoneExplorer.jpg

    I always download files to my PC and then copy them to the phone.

    Check your phone's settings. Under Security you'll have the option to show passwords.

    You'll have to speak to MG's Administrators... brian-dancing-banana-smiley-emoticon.gif
     
  14. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    I don't have a "settings/applications" on the phone. Sigh.
     
  15. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

    Settings > Security.
     
  16. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Nope...only have screen lock and sim card lock.
     
  17. wile e coyote

    wile e coyote MajorGeek

    Nice keep it.My stright talk phone had zero signal drops for over two years.
     
  18. wile e coyote

    wile e coyote MajorGeek

  19. Just Playin

    Just Playin MajorGeek

    https://www.zteusa.com/cymbalc#

    I don't believe it's Android based.
     
  20. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

  21. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    In the properties of the phone it says zdroid.
     
  22. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    kernel base 3.10.49-gdac61f-00512-ge30ff04zte-kernel@zdroid-smt
     
  23. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

  24. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    That's not my phone.
     
  25. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

    Yes it is.
    Screenshot-2017-12-6 ZTE Cymbal-C LTE - ZTE USA.png
     
  26. Just Playin

    Just Playin MajorGeek

     
  27. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    No touch screen.
     
  28. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    After a long chat with tracfone...I was told it is not an android phone. They didn't know what the OS is so I contacted ZTE and asked what the OS is...waiting on a reply. Sigh... Guess that is why google play doesn't recognize it.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
  29. wile e coyote

    wile e coyote MajorGeek

    Hmm that's odd.

    Are there any settings in the phone.There should be a gear looking icon.That would be the settings.
     
  30. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Yes Wile ... there are settings. but no "Account" under settings.
     
  31. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

  32. plodr

    plodr Major Geek Super Extraordinaire

    If you view everything through the charging cable, I assume through Windows Explorer, you should be able to move files between the computer and the phone.

    I have not installed a file explorer on any of my 3 android devices. Since I'm not sure exactly how your OS works, what I say might not work on your phone.

    If the phone has a camera, take a picture. Attach the phone to the computer and look for a folder DCIM. Open it and you have a folder inside that says Camera. Open it and the picture you took should be inside.

    See if you can use Windows Explorer to either copy or move the picture from the phone to the computer.

    If that works, we'll try an mp3 file next. :D
     
  33. plodr

    plodr Major Geek Super Extraordinaire

    What icons do you see when you turn the phone on? If you have a digital camera, take a picture of the screen so we can see what you see.

    I assume googleplay is not on the phone so that's why no phone is associated with your account.

    Obviously the site I found yesterday that has a manual might not be correct for your phone.

    What browser is on the phone?

    You can't zoom out if the phone doesn't have a touchscreen.

    http://tracfone.devicebits.com/straighttalk/home.seam?custId=STZEZ233VL&locale=en_US

    I downloaded the User Guide.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
  34. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    According to ZTE, it is not an android phone and I can't download apps to it. It has a Google OS.
     
  35. plodr

    plodr Major Geek Super Extraordinaire

    Yes, I looked through the manual and I see the icons are for things on the phone.
    ZTE.jpg
    And the browser is just called Browser.

    Basically it is for making calls, possibly texting, though it is a pain without a touchscreen, listing to music, and taking pictures. Browsing is not high up there.
     
  36. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    I am returning the phone and getting a smart phone!
     
  37. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Question, while at home, is it better to use WiFi? Although it will be an unlimited plan.
     
  38. plodr

    plodr Major Geek Super Extraordinaire

    I use wifi at home because I have 5 GB of data for $35/month and it seems faster to me. When I'm out, I use data because it is more secure than wifi. I never come close to my 5GB (I actually get unlimited but the speed will slow down).
    I bought it because my router died and I could only plug 1 computer to the modem. I let my husband use his netbook. Now, if that happens, I can surf on my phone using data. Or if we have no power for over 3 hours, I can the phone. (Our netbooks will work using the UPS and on battery power for about 3 hours).

    Smart move! :DHaving android and google play is worth it if you want to do decent browsing awaying from home.
     
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  39. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    My wife has "lost" our previous phone numerous times, so I mainly interested in FindMyDroid and Waze. Hoping I am not "too old" to figure out a smart phone. :)
     
  40. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Got the smart phone today .. activated ...set it up and downloaded GindMyDroid and Waze. All set!! yepee!!
     
  41. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

    What did you get?
     
  42. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    LG Treasure
     
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  43. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

    Nice!
    I have an LG Leon with similar specs.
    I'm due for an upgrade in 6 months.
     
  44. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    It might be "cheap" but it seems to do all I need.
     
  45. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

    I agree.
    With Android Lollipop most apps can be used.
     
  46. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    I put FindMyDroid on it and when I log into google accounts..there is a Find My Phone button which does the same thing. So I uninstall it.
     
  47. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    I mistakenly hid a widget and now I can't get it back! Darn
     
  48. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

  49. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Yeah ....I did that and it will only let me hide. I went to play store and downloaded the widget. All is fine now. :)
     
  50. plodr

    plodr Major Geek Super Extraordinaire

    I doubt it. I'm 70 and got my first smartphone in March. Of course I went to BestBuy and asked the Samsung techs questions too.

    I keep a 4" x 6" note card with things I've learned so I don't have to keep trying to figure out the same thing over and over. When I read articles, I try to do it on the phone (sometimes the menus are different). Once I figure it out, I write down the things I have to tap to get to what I want.

    I also put ESET (free) and Malwarebytes (free) on the phone. It has something called Lookout Security which I allow but I wanted to put the same two av and malware detector programs that I have on my tablets.
     
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