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ZTE U960 ROM Discussion


  1. DaniSP

    DaniSP New Member

    Dear The Solutor
    I'm following this thread, like many other, I'm interested on the U960. Since you seem to have experience with different U960 ROMs, I hope you don't mind answering my questions:
    - Does any of those ROMs provides multi-language support? Like seen at etotalk, by the way they sell it for US$99,99
    - Are they stable enough?
    - Which ROM you can say is the best one?

    Your answer would help me to evaluate if I'd rather buy from etotalk (I asume that I will get support and multilanguage Rom), or buying from a taobao agent (about $120 cheaper but no support and chinese ROM)

    Thank you, any comment would be appreciate.

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  2. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    I don't know what they intend with multilingual, they sent me what they call 1.2 rom and is just a rom cleaned from Chinese apps ADW launcher preinstalled (which is more than enough for most users), I doubt they have a fully multilingual ROM available, but I could be wrong.

    The ROMs are stable, with few minor glitches (B08, B10 and B12 have the TTS menu missing and not working for example) but this is true for any recently released phone, no matter if a cheap chinese clone or an iphone or a good brand phone.


    Right now I'm using a my own ROM, based on B13.

    I bought the phone in Italy because another user sold it (he was not too skilled with android things, so he was unable to root the phone and to install the market), the support from etotalk is average to say the best, they always start with a bunch of questions unrelated with the problem you have, with just one or two mail per day, so a lot of patience is needed if you have a problem bigger than normal.

    In my case they started to seriously cooperate only when they realized I'm a well known user, and only when realized that fix that issue is more important for them than for me, frankly if you are reasonably skilled, the price delta is big enough, and you have a trusted taobao agent, is better to go with the latter.
  3. NeWbIe_vlc

    NeWbIe_vlc Active Member

    And to the people that have it with market, if you enter on your PC to the market, the U960 is regconized by the system or only can use the market from the phone.

    Anyone try to buy on taobao?

    I'm looking for on taobao with an intermediate.

    Thank you.
  4. EmilF

    EmilF Well-Known Member

    Hi The Solutor. Could you send a link to the version of the B13 ROM you are using? Is it from this forum?
  5. Muero

    Muero Member

    I have B08 ROM. What differences between B08 and B13?
  6. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    Most visible are the different lockscreen and the battery percentage indication on the top bar, other than that, as already said the TTS functionality is not broken anymore.
  7. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    Yes it is.

    I'm uploading my cleaned version right now, just wait a little for the link.
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  8. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    Ok.

    "My" B13 rom is uploaded.

    Download U960-B13-TS-v0.1.7z (part1)

    Download U960-B13-TS-v0.1.7z (part2)

    use 7zip or winrar to unpack it

    It's password protected

    The PW is

    zte_u960

    It has just the root and the market preinstalled.

    I added the SE style launcher (you can use it optionally)

    The standard locale is set to IT and the timezone is set to central Europe (just set your preference during the initial wizard, if you are living in a different nation/timezone)

    The Chinese apps should be all removed, and the cracked SW is removed too (sorry :p )

    In the 7z file is also present the recovery and the updated baseband (you can update it, but is not mandatory, nor suggested to newbies).

    I added the nexus one animation, and replaced the absurd Chinese ringtones with something more standard and more international (Please check your ringtones/alert settings after the initial configuration).

    Keep in mind that installing that ROM will wipe your phone, so backup your data and preferences with titanium backup before updating.

    Keep also in mind that I don't have the time (and the will) to support that ROM, consider it a one time gift, but I don't want to be the unoffical ZTE support.

    Thanks.
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  9. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    Already downloaded 22 times ? :eek:

    Looks like there are a lot of silent users !
  10. EmilF

    EmilF Well-Known Member

    Wow, that is allot of downloads i 45 minutes or so...

    Have you updated your baseband to the included version? The file is named with "TD" but it works with WCDMA to?
  11. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    Yes I did because my problem with the 128k sims (problem not fixed anywhay)
  12. pongpoo

    pongpoo Member

    Thanks Solutor, my phone is currently in transit from etotalk so pumped for it to arrive, even paid for the speedy shipping.

    pls tell me the B13 doesn't have the imitation fruitphone lockscreen!
  13. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    It has a different lockscreen with a big, not sliding, button to unlock the phone and a smaller one to go straight to emergency call dialer (unusual on a recent phone, but very handy).

    This is not a my mod, to be clear.

    If you like something different you have dozens of options eg: widgetlocker, loockbot, and so on.
  14. EmilF

    EmilF Well-Known Member

    Got my U960 last night, and have installed the B13 ROM on it. First impressions are good. Good screen, smooth performance and seems like good quality.

    Regarding battery life, I am now on 80% and had it fully charged this morning at 06:30. That is pretty good.
  15. Am2am

    Am2am Member

    to all owners of ZTE U960.

    on my model USSD commands on SIM1 not working

    for example for checking the balance *102# and SIM1 call
    then it returns
    CONNECTON PROBLEM OR INVALID MMI CODE
    on SIM2 working ok
    i try to switch the SIM places
    the same situation SIM1 can not accept USSD
    SIM2 can

    who have similar problem ? and any way to solve it ?>
  16. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member


    Yes I can confirm. Same problem here.

    To be precise the USSD command is accepted and sent, but the reply is not interpreted correctly, so I can (blindly) manage my sim, but you can't check your billing.

    Problems with USSD codes and STK are common on phones where the GSM is a second class citizen.

    For example my droid 2 global (cdma/gsm) has the same problem with the stock rom, the droid 3 (also cdma/gsm) had the USSD codes working but the STK not enabled.

    Looking at the rom (because the problem with 128K SIMs) I can say that the SIM2 is managed mostly like on other monosim Android phones, while the SIM1 is managed mostly by the baseband SW and interfaced to Android trough the proprietary libzteril.so.

    Even the network naming is different.

    Vodafone Italy Is interpreted as "Vodafone IT" on SIM 1 and as "Vodafone Omnitel NV" or "Vodafone Omnitel NV 3G" on SIM2.

    The first name is embedded on the baseband, the second one comes from an android library.

    So is not that easy to do something unless you are the super hacker who understand the machine code better than his national language.
  17. Muero

    Muero Member

    I installed this firmware. It's amazing, thank you! But I have one issue - cannot send sms from simcard that is installed to SIM1
  18. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    I have no problems with SMS, check if your message center number setting is correct.

    It should be automagically configured as in most modern phones, but maibe something goes wrong with some specific SIMs.
  19. Muero

    Muero Member

    I didn't work with Android before. If you tell me how to do that, it would be great ;)
    By the way, how can I install additional languages to system? For example Russian
  20. Muero

    Muero Member

    Almost forgot to ask. After installing your firmware on my phone, sim2 doesn't work with 3G network anymore. Only GSM
    How to fix it?
  21. Am2am

    Am2am Member

    try *983*02#

    and for sim 1 *983*01# ;)
  22. Muero

    Muero Member

    Yes, I bought my phone in etotalk store.
    As it was written on previous pages. That phone has some problems with 128k simcards. Additionally all problems that I have should be because of errors in ROM. With etotalk rom v1.3 I didn't have any problems with sending sms via sim1 or sim2. Only on v1.4 this issue persists.
    Right now I'm waiting an answer from etotalk support. Really hope that will receive it quickly.
  23. Muero

    Muero Member

    Still cannot understand differences between GSM Preferred and GSM Only.
    Can someone explain it to me please?
  24. Am2am

    Am2am Member

    You'd better choose WCDMA preferred for SIM2

    For SIM1 better to choose GSM only , in that case phone will not try to connect TDSCDMA and not spend battery resource

    GSM preferred - will use GSM as priority
    GSM only - will use only GSM , no other standard will be tried to connect (in case of support, of course)
  25. The Solutor

    The Solutor Well-Known Member

    It's on SMS settings, like on any pone built on the latest decade.


    No you can't unless you build an entirely new version of android, this is what happen on any AOSP ROMs and on Cyanogens.

    But because there are a lot of proprietary pieces of code on any Android phone, it's not an easy matter, especially on not so standard phones like the dual standard or dual sim phones.

    BTW you can use the language setting app (which is already included on that rom) to set the russian locale, and to have a good part of the system in russian.
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