Phone Overview
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Right Soft
• Enter All of Contacts in standby mode.
• Switch to the options at lower right of the LCD.
• Move the cursor up, down, left and right.
• In standby mode, Used as hot keys to enter the
designated functions.
• In Contacts list, press the Left key or Right key
to switch groups.
• Press the Left key or Right key to adjust
volume in conversation.
• Used as direction keys in games.
• Press and hold the Down Key to turn on/off the
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ZTE S170
CDMA 1X Digital Mobile Phone
Quick Start Guide
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Navigation Keys
Charger Jack
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OK Key
Right Soft Key
End Key
Left Soft Key
Call Key
Number Keys
# Key
* Key
Key Functions
Version No. : R1.0
Edition Time : April 2012
Manual No. : 079584504341
NO. 55, Hi-tech Road South, ShenZhen, P.R.China
Postcode: 518057
Tel: +86-755-26779999
Call Key
• Make or answer a call.
• Press the Call Key in standby mode to enter All
Calls list.
End Key
• End an active call or reject a call.
• Long press to Power on/Power off.
• Exit from any interface to standby mode.
Left Soft Key
Function Description
OK Key
Charging Your Phone
1. Insert the lead from the charger to the socket, and connect the
charger to a standard wall AC socket.
Installing the Battery
Install the battery as shown below.
• Press the # Key to select text mode when
editing text.
• Press the # Key in standby mode to enable/
disable vibrate mode.
2. After the completion of charging, disconnect the charger from the
phone and AC socket.
Phone Code
Switching On/Off
1. Press and hold the End Key to switch on/off your phone.
2. The phone will automatically search for available networks.
Indicators and Icons
Remove the back cover as shown below.
• Enter main Menu in standby mode.
• Switch to the options at lower left of the LCD.
Inserting the UIM Card
Insert the UIM card as shown below.
Open the Back Cover
• Confirm the commands and options selected.
• Confirm the character chosen while character
• Key in numbers or characters.
• Press and hold the 0 key to input + in standby
0 ~ 9 Number
• Press and hold to make a Speed Dial call (1–9)
in standby mode.
• Press to enter corresponding submenu.
# Key
* Key
• Press and hold the * Key in standby mode to
lock phone’s keypad.
• Press the * Key once to enter symbols in text
input mode.
Signal strength
Battery indicator
Silence mode
Headset mode
Keypad Lock
If you activate Auto Keypad Lock, the keypad will be locked
automatically according to your settings.
Press and hold the * Key to lock the keypad in standby mode.
If you want to unlock the keypad, please press first the Right Soft
Key, and then the * Key.
If the call is coming when the keypad is locked, you can press the
Call Key to answer.
When the keypad is locked, calls may be possible to the official
emergency number programmed into your device.
Phone code could prevent your phone from illegal use. The default
phone code is 0000. Please change it to your own as soon as
Please remember the code; otherwise some service expense may
Your phone offers text input modes: abc, ABC, Abc, 123, eZi and
Press the # Key to select another text mode,
press the * Key to enter the symbols mode.
Input Letters
In the abc/ABC/Abc mode, press corresponding
letter key till the letter appears.
Input Words
In the eZi mode, press any key once to key in
any word. Predictive text input is based on a builtin dictionary. When you have finished writing the
word and it is correct, confirm it by pressing the
OK Key. If the word is incorrect, press the Up
key or Down key to view other matching words
found in the dictionary.
Input Digits
In the 123 mode, press digit key once.
Input Symbol
Press the Navigation keys to switch symbols
and press corresponding digit key. Or press the
1 key till the symbol (common symbols) appears
except for the 123 mode.
Input Space
Press the 0 key, except for the 123 mode.
Move cursor
Press the Navigation keys.
PIN Code
PIN code could prevent your UIM card from illegal use. When PIN
lock is on, you should enter the PIN code when powering on the
handset again. The network provider offers you PIN code (four to
eight digits). You should change PIN code as soon as possible for
PUK Code
Consecutive inputting wrong PIN code for three times can cause
locking of UIM card. To unlock, you need PUK code.
PIN code and PUK code may be offered together with the UIM card.
If not, please contact your network service provider. Please change
default PIN code to your own as soon as possible.
Press and hold the Down Key to turn on/off the torch.
Change input
Basic Function
Herein after are basic functions of the phone.
• Add Name: Add a new contact to your phone or UIM card.
• All List: View all contacts in all list, press the Left key or Right
key to view different groups. In all list, you can search for a
contact by entering the key words, press the OK Key to view the
details. Select Option to do more operations.
• Groups: View/edit groups and set group ringer.
• Speed Dial: View speed dial list and you can set speed dial.
In standby mode, press and hold the number key to dial the
corresponding call.
• Memory Status: View Number of entries saved and maximum
number of entries capacity in phone and UIM card.
• New Message: Send a new message to other mobile phones’
number. The message could be send to multi-receivers. See
“Text” for more instructions of writing text and character. Select
Option to insert contact details and message template when you
edit a message.
• Inbox/Drafts/Outbox/Sent: Read messages in Inbox/Drafts/
• Message Settings: Change the general and SMS settings.
• M e s s a g e Te m p l a t e : S o m e c o m m o n u s e d m e s s a g e s
preformatted in phone. You can edit or send them.
• Delete Message: You can choose to delete the messages in the
inbox, drafts, outbox, sent or delete them together.
• Memory Status: Check the storage status of the phone/UIM
Call History
• Call History: View call’s log. Select Option, you can do more
• Call Duration: Check the call duration.
• Profile: Select the mode of profile Silent/Vibrate/General/
Outdoor/Meeting/Flight to edit it.
• Display Settings: Change the settings of Screen/Theme/Keypad
• Phone Settings: Set the language/shortcut/auto keypad lock/
power save/auto power on/off of the phone and view the version
• Call Settings: Set the call/answer/call information reminder/black
list/voice privacy/international dial settings.
• Time & Date Settings: Set the time and date format.
• Security Settings: Change the settings about the phone code,
PIN code, restore factory settings and clear user data.
Special Functions
Herein after are special functions of the phone.
1. 2. 3. 4. Select Left Soft Key [Menu] > Tools > Voice Recorder.
Select Option > Settings to set the recorder parameters.
Press the OK Key to start recording your voice memo.
Press the Left Soft Key [Pause] to pause, press the Left Soft
Key [Continue] to resume recording.
5. Press the Right Soft Key [Stop] to stop recording, and then the
voice memo is saved automatically.
Press the OK Key to play it.
Safety Information
General Care
• Calendar: View calendar and schedule events.
• Games: Select one game and play it.
• Alarm: Set alarm alert time.
• Calculator: Execute basic math calculation.
• Stopwatch: Stopwatch timing.
• Notepad: Create note as memos.
• Unit Converter: Make unit converter.
• World Time: View times of the other cities in the world and
perform corresponding operations.
• File Manager: Organize your files in folders.
• If you want to clean your phone, please use clean fabric that
is a bit wet or anti-static. Do not use harsh chemical cleaning
solvents or strong detergents to clean it. Turn off your phone
before you clean it.
• As your mobile phone can produce electromagnetic field, do not
place it near magnetic items such as computer disks.
• Using the phone near electrical appliances such as TV,
telephone, radio and personal computer can cause interference,
which affects the function of the phone.
• Do not expose your mobile phone to direct sunlight or store it in
hot areas. High temperatures can shorten the life of electronic
• Prevent liquid from leaking into your phone.
• Do not drop, knock or harshly treat your phone. Rough handling
can break internal circuit boards.
• Do not charge the mobile phone without battery.
• Do not short-circuit the battery, as this can cause excessive heat
and fire.
• Do not store battery in hot areas or dispose of it in a fire to avoid
• Store the phone out of the reach of little children. The phone may
cause injury if used as a toy.
• Be aware of the usage limitation when using a mobile phone at
places such as oil warehouses or chemical factories, where there
are explosive gases or explosive products being processed,
because even if your phone is in standby mode, it still transmits
radio frequency (RF) energy. Therefore, power off your phone if
Compatible earphone or component is necessary for the radio
You can listen to radio by the handset.
1. Insert the earphone compatible with your handset.
2. In standby mode, select Left Soft Key [Menu] > Tools > FM
Player, the radio will be started.
3. Select Left Soft Key [Option] >Auto Search to search channels
Or select Left Soft Key [Option] > Enter Frequency to input the
frequency to set channel manually.
Please select suitable volume while listening.
Continuous high volume may be harmful to your ear.
Other Facility
• Do not touch the antenna while calling. Otherwise it will affect
the quality of calling and waste battery energy. The damaged
antenna will cause slight burn while touching your skin.
• Do not put other things on the terminal to avoid overlaying
• Keep the antenna free from obstructions and position the
antenna straight up. This will ensure best call quality.
• Use a wireless hands-free system (headphone, headset) with a
low power Bluetooth emitter.
• Make sure the cell phone has a low SAR.
• Keep your calls short or send a text message (SMS) instead.
This advice applies especially to children, adolescents and
pregnant women.
• Use cell phone when the signal quality is good.
• People having active medical implants should preferably keep
the cell phone at least 15 cm away from the implant.
Hospital Safety
Vehicles Equipped with an Airbag
Pay attention to traffic safety. Do not use your mobile phone while
driving. Park before making or answering a call.
• Please use original accessories or accessories that are
authorized by the manufacturer. Using any unauthorized
accessories may affect your mobile phone’s performance, and
violate related national regulations about telecom terminals, or
even endanger your body.
• Do not connect the phone with other unauthorized peripheral
• Do not attempt to disassemble the mobile phone and battery by
yourself. Non-expert handling of the devices may damage them.
This model phone meets the government’s requirements for
exposure to radio waves.
This phone is designed and manufactured not to exceed the
emission limits for exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy set by
the Federal Communications Commission of the U.S. Government:
The exposure standard for wireless mobile phones employs a unit
of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR.
The SAR limit set by the FCC is 1.6W/kg. *Tests for SAR are
conducted using standard operating positions accepted by the FCC
with the phone transmitting at its highest certified power level in all
tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the
highest certified power level, the actual SAR level of the phone while
operating can be well below the maximum value. This is because
the phone is designed to operate at multiple power levels so as to
use only the poser required to reach the network. In general, the
closer you are to a wireless base station antenna, the lower the
power output.
The highest SAR value for the model phone as reported to the
FCC when tested for use at the ear is 0.911 W/kg and when worn
on the body, as described in this user guide, is 0.815 W/kg (Bodyworn measurements differ among phone models, depending upon
available enhancements and FCC requirements.)
While there may be differences between the SAR levels of various
phones and at various positions, they all meet the government
The FCC has granted an Equipment Authorization for this model
phone with all reported SAR levels evaluated as in compliance with
the FCC RF exposure guidelines. SAR information on this model
phone is on file with the FCC and can be found under the Display
Grant section of after searching on
For body worn operation, this phone has been tested and meets the
FCC RF exposure guidelines for use with an accessory that contains
no metal and the positions the handset a minimum of 1.5 cm from
the body. Use of other enhancements may not ensure compliance
with FCC RF exposure guidelines. If you do no t use a body-worn
accessory and are not holding the phone at the ear, position the
handset a minimum of 1.5 cm from your body when the phone is
switched on.
General Guidelines
• If your mobile phone is lost or stolen, please report to your
service provider or agencies of banning the use of your lost
phone, which will protect you from economic losses resulted from
unauthorized use. You need to provide the phone’s ESN/MEID
number labeled. You can see ESN/MEID number after removing
the battery. Please keep ESN/MEID number for future use.
• To protect your mobile phone from illegal use, please take the
security measures as follows:
 Set PIN code of the UIM card.
 Take it with you as you can.
Road Safety
• Some electronic devices are susceptible to electromagnetic
interference sent by phone if inadequately shielded. Please
use phone at least 20 cm or as far away as you can from TV
set, radio and other automated office equipment so as to avoid
electromagnetic interference.
• Operating of mobile phone may interfere with medical devices
like hearing aid and pacemaker. Please always keep the mobile
phone more than 20 centimeters away from such medical
devices when the phone is powered on. Do not carry the
mobile phone in the breast pocket. Power the mobile phone
off if necessary. Consult a physician or the manufacturer of the
medical device before using the phone.
Emergency Service
On occasion of emergent calling, keep your phone in status of power
on and in area of service. On the condition of standby, press the key
to enter emergency phone number, and then press Call Key to make
a phone call.
• Before making or answering a call, you should pay attention to
the local laws about using wireless mobile phones and take them
into account in practical use.
• Safety airbag, brake, speed control system and oil eject system
shouldn’t be affected by wireless transmitting. If you do meet
problems above, please contact your automobile provider.
• Please power off your mobile phone when refueling your
automobile, and so do the place where duplex wireless
equipments are banned. Don’t put your phone together with
flammable or explosive items, as inner spark may cause fire.
Aircraft Safety
• Follow the restrictions in aircraft. Wireless devices can cause
interference in aircraft.
• Please power off your mobile phone before taking on till landing.
In order to protect airplane’s communication system from
interference, it is never allowed to use mobile phone when it is in
flight. Using mobile phone before the plane taking off should get
aircrew’s permission according to safety regulations.
Radio Frequency (RF) Energy
Third Party Equipment
Warranty Terms
The warranty does not apply to defects or errors in the product
caused by:
• Reasonable abrasion.
• Misuse including mishandling, physical damage, improper
installation, unauthorized disassembly of the product.
• Water or any other liquid damage.
• Any unauthorized repair or modification.
• Power surges, lightning damage, fire, flood or other events
outside ZTE’s reasonable control.
• Use of the product with any unauthorized third party products
such as generic chargers.
• Any other cause beyond the range of normal usage for products.
End User shall have no right to reject, return, or receive a refund for
any product from ZTE under the above-mentioned situations.
This warranty is end user’s sole remedy and ZTE’s sole liability
for defective or nonconforming items, and is in lieu of all other
warranties, expressed, implied or statutory, including but not
limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose, unless otherwise required under the mandatory
provisions of the law.
Limitation of Liability
ZTE shall not be liable for any loss of profits or indirect, special,
incidental or consequential damages resulting from or arising out
of or in connection with using this product, whether or not ZTE had
been advised, knew or should have known the possibility of such
damages. Refer to the enclosed warranty card for full warranty and
service information.