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ZTE N281 User manual
GSM Dual-Band GPRS Digital
Mobile Phone
User Manual
The manual is applicable for R235 mobile phone
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Version No. : R1.0
Edition Time : 20101216
Manual No. : 079584502371
Security ....................................4
Sending MMS.........................25
Safety Precautions ..................4
Receiving messages .............26
Limitation of Liability ............12
Call History ............................27
Key functions ........................13
Personalizing phone ............27
Indicator icons......................16
User Profiles ..........................29
Setting alarm..........................29
Inserting SIM card .................19
View Image.............................29
Inserting memory card .........20
Play Music..............................30
Powering on/ off phone ........21
File Manager ..........................30
Writing text.............................21
WAP ........................................31
Adding a contact ...................23
FM Radio ................................32
Making and receiving calls...24
Sending SMS .........................24
To protect your mobile phone from illegal use, take the security
measures as follows:
¾ Set PIN codes of the SIM card.
¾ Set handset lock code.
¾ Set call restrictions.
Safety Precautions
This section includes some important information on safe and efficient
operation. Please read this information before using the phone.
Operational Precautions
Please use your phone properly. When making or receiving a call,
please hold your phone as holding a wireline telephone. Make sure that
the phone is at least one inch (about two point five centimeters) from
your body when transmitting.
Do not touch the antenna when the phone is in use. Touching the
antenna area affects call quality and may cause the phone to operate
at a higher power level than needed.
Some people may be susceptible to epileptic seizures or blackouts
when exposed to flashing lights, such as when watching television or
playing video games. If you have experienced seizures or blackouts,
or if you have a family history of such occurrences, please consult
your doctor before playing video games on your phone or enabling a
flashing-light feature on your phone. (The flashing-light feature is not
available on all products.)
Keep the phone out of the reach of small children. The phone may
cause injury if used as a toy.
Precautions While Driving
Please pay attention to the traffic safety. Check the laws and regulations
on the use of your phone in the area where you drive. Always obey
Use hands-free function of the phone, if available.
Pull off the road and park before making or answering a call if conditions
Precautions for Medical Devices and Facilities
When using your phone near pacemakers, please always keep the
phone more than eight inches (about twenty centimeters) from the
pacemaker when the phone is switched on. Do not carry the phone in
the breast pocket. Use the ear opposite the pacemaker to minimize the
potential for interference. Switch off the phone immediately if necessary.
Some phones may interfere with some hearing aids. In the event
of such interference, you may consult your hearing aids manufacturer
to discuss alternatives.
If you use any other personal medical device, please consult the
manufacturer of your device to determine if it is adequately shielded
from RF energy.
In those facilities with special demand, such as hospital or health care
facilities, please pay attention to the restriction on the use of mobile
phone. Switch off your phone if required.
Mobile Phone
Please use original accessories or accessories approved by the
phone manufacturer. Using any unauthorized accessories may
affect your mobile phone’s performance, damage your phone or even
cause danger to your body and violate related local regulations about
telecom terminals.
Turn off your phone before you clean it. Use a damp or anti-static
cloth to clean the phone. Do not use a dry cloth or electrostatically
charged cloth. Do not use chemical or abrasive cleaners as these
could damage the phone.
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.
Do not expose your mobile phone to direct sunlight or store it in hot
areas. High temperatures can shorten the life of electronic devices.
Keep your phone dry. Any liquid may damage your phone.
Do not drop, knock or harshly treat the phone. Rough handling can
break internal circuit boards.
Do not connect the phone with any incompatible enhancement.
Do not attempt to disassemble the mobile phone or battery.
Do not store the phone with flammable or explosive articles.
Do not charge the mobile phone without battery.
Precautions for Potentially Explosive Atmospheres
Switch off your phone prior to entering any area with potentially
explosive atmospheres, such as fueling areas, fuel or chemical
transfer or storage facilities.
Do not remove, install, or charge batteries in such areas. Spark in a
potentially explosive atmosphere can cause an explosion or fire
resulting in bodily injury or even death.
To avoid possible interference with blasting operations, switch off
your phone when you are near electrical blasting caps, in a blasting
area, or in areas posted “Turn off electronic devices.” Obey all signs
and instructions.
Precautions for Electronic Devices
Some electronic devices are susceptible to electromagnetic interference
sent by mobile phone if inadequately shielded, such as electronic
system of vehicles. Please consult the manufacturer of the device before
using the phone if necessary.
Safety and General Use in Vehicles
Safety airbag, brake, speed control system and oil eject system
shouldn’t be affected by wireless transmission. If you do meet problems
above, please contact your automobile provider. Do not place your
phone in the area over an airbag or in the airbag deployment area.
Airbags inflate with great force. If a phone is placed in the airbag
deployment area and the airbag inflates, the phone may be propelled
with great force and cause serious injury to occupants of the vehicle.
Please turn off your mobile phone at a refueling point, and the same
to the place where the use of two-way radio is prohibited.
Aircraft Safety
Please turn off your mobile phone before the airplane takes off. In
order to protect airplane’s communication system from interference,
it is forbidden to use mobile phone in flight. Safety regulations require
you to have permission from a crew member to use your phone while
the plane is on the ground.
If the mobile phone has the function of automatic timing power-on, please
check your alarm setting to make sure that your phone will not be
automatically turned on during flight.
Battery Use
Do not short-circuit the battery, as this can cause the unit to overheat
or ignite.
Do not store battery in hot areas or throw it into fire. Otherwise, it will
cause explosion.
Do not disassemble or refit the battery. Otherwise, it will cause liquid
leakage, overheating, explosion and ignition of the battery.
Please store the battery in a cool dry place if you don’t use it for a
long period.
The battery can be recharged for hundreds of times, but it will eventually
wear out. When the operating time (talk time and standby time) is
noticeably shorter than normal, it is time to replace it with a new one.
Please stop using the charger and battery when they are damaged
or show evidence of aging.
Return the worn-out battery to the provider or dispose of it in accordance
with environment regulations. Do not dispose of it in household rubbish.
Please use original batteries or batteries approved by the phone
manufacturer. Using any unauthorized battery may affect your handset
performance or may cause danger of explosion, etc.
Warning: If the battery is damaged, do not discharge it. If the
leakage does come into contact with the eyes or skin, wash thoroughly
in clean water and consult a doctor.
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. The user should refer
to the enclosed warranty card for full warranty and service information.
Note: The pictures and icons shown in the manual are just schematic
drawings for function demonstration. If they are inconsistent with your
handset, please take your handset as the standard. If the inconsistency
exits in the manual because of the handset function updating, please
refer to the follow-up public information from ZTE CORPORATION.
Key functions
USB port
Volume keys
Camera key
4-Way Navigation keys
and Centre key
Left soft key
Right soft key
Send key
End/Power key
Alpha numeric keys
# key
Left soft key
Perform the function indicated at the left bottom of
the screen.
Right soft key
Perform the function indicated at the right bottom
of the screen.
Centre key
Confirm actions and make selections.
Navigation keys
These keys (Up, Down, Left and Right) allow for
navigation through menu options and quick
accessing to some function menus.
You can customize the dedicated key settings of 4Way Navigation keys in the standby mode.
Send key
Dial a phone number or answer a call, or view the
call history.
End/Power key
Press to exit to the standby mode.
Hold to switch on/off the phone.
Alpha numeric
Enter characters 0-9 and the alphabets .
USB port
For charging the battery and connect to the PC.
Listen to a phone call.
Camera key
Press to enable the camera in the standby mode.
Volume keys
Press to adjust the volume.
Note: In this User Manual, “press a key” means to press the key and release
it immediately, while “hold a key” means to press the key for at least two
seconds and then release it. To lock/unlock the keypad, press the Left
soft key and then the * key.
Indicator icons
Signal strength
Call diverting
Missed call
Battery status
Alarm clock set
GPRS in use
Keypad locked
The lithiumion battery of the mobile phone can be immediately used after
Install battery
1. Remove the battery cover.
2. Insert the battery carefully with the contacts located against the gold
springs. The battery will only fit one way.
3. Close the case by locating the top of the plastic cover into the grooves
and gently pushing the cover down to close it.
Remove battery
1. Make sure that your mobile phone is switched off.
2. Remove the battery cover.
3. Pull the battery up and remove it from the mobile phone.
Charge battery
Your phone is powered by a rechargeable battery. For maximum battery
performance, it is recommended that you first use up the battery power
and then charge it completely. A new battery’s full performance is achieved
only after three complete charge and discharge cycles.
• Connect your travel adapter to the USB port of your mobile phone.
• Connect the other end of the travel adapter to the mains socket.
• If you charge the battery when the phone is switched off, the battery
indicator appears with the bars flashing. If you charge the battery
when the phone is switched on, the battery indicator appears with a
lightning bolt.
When the battery is fully charged, disconnect the charger.
Inserting SIM card
You want a mobile phone that is sophisticated yet easy to use and here it
is in your hands! Naturally you are eager to start using it, but first you need to
insert the SIM card.
Insert the SIM card as follows:
• Make sure that the phone is switched off and the charger is disconnected
from the phone.
• Turn the phone over and remove the battery cover.
• Remove the battery if it is already installed.
• Hold your SIM card with the cut corner oriented as shown and then slide
it into the card holder with the gold-colored contacts facing downward.
What is a SIM card?
Every mobile phone has a SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module).
This is a micro-chip that holds your personal information such as names
and phone numbers. Your phone won’t work without it. If you already
have contacts on your SIM card, they can be transferred in most cases.
Inserting memory card
You can use memory card to expand the storage of the phone. You can
store or copy files such as videos, photos, music, and so on.
Do not take out the card or switch off the phone while transmitting or storing
data, which may cause data loss or damage to the phone or the card.
Insert the memory card as follows:
The memory card slot is beside the SIM card holder. Open the battery
cover and remove the battery. Insert the card with the metal contacts
facing down until it clicks to the right position.
Powering on/ off phone
Make sure that your SIM card is in your mobile phone and that the battery
is charged.
Please hold the End/Power key to power on/off the phone. The phone
will automatically search for the network.
Writing text
Change input mode: Press the # key to change the input mode (input
modes: eZi EN, eZi en, eZi Abc, ABC, abc and 123).
Input Letters: In ABC/abc mode, constantly press the corresponding
letter key till the letter appears.
Input Words: In eZi EN/eZi en/eZi Abc mode, input any letter with a single
key press. Press each key only once for every letter. The word changes
after each key stroke. Predictive text input is based on a built-in
dictionary. When you have finished writing the word and it is correct,
confirm it by pressing the 0 key or the Centre key. If the word is
incorrect, press the Up/Down key to view other matching words
found in the dictionary. Press the Navigation keys to move the cursor.
Input Digits: In 123 mode, press digit key once to input a digit. In ABC/abc
mode, constantly press the digit key until the number appears.
Input Symbol: Press the * key to enter a symbol. In ABC/abc mode,
constantly press the 1 key till the required symbol (common symbols)
Input Space: Press the 0 key to input space. It does not work in 123 mode.
Delete Character: Press the Right soft key to clear a character. Hold
the Right soft key to delete all characters and clear the display.
Move Cursor to left or right: Press the Left/Right key to move the
cursor to left or right.
Adding a contact
There are some numbers that you may want to call again and again, so
it makes sense to add these numbers to your contact list. You can
then access these numbers quickly and easily.
• Go to Menu→Phone Book→ Add New Entry.
• Select to save the number to To SIM or To Phone.
• Move to Name and press the Edit or the Centre key, then enter a name
and press the Option or the Centre key .Choose Done to confirm
the name.
• Move to Number and enter the phone number.
• You can also save a number right after you’ve made or received a
phone call or a text message from someone who is not yet in your
contact list.
• To delete someone from your contact list, first select the name,
then press the Option and choose Delete.
Making and receiving calls
The most basic way to make a call is to input the number in the standby
mode and press the Send key. You can also make a call from the contact
• To call someone: Go to Menu→Phone Book, and then select Quick
Search. Use the Up/Down key to find the name of the person you
want to call. You can also type in the first letter of the name of the
person you want to call, and press the Send key.
• To receive a call, press the Send key.
• To end a call, press the End/Power key.
Make sure that you are in an area with sufficient coverage to make calls.
The strength of the network signal is indicated on the status bar of the
Sending SMS
You can use your mobile phone to send and receive text messages.
1. Go to Menu→Messages→SMS→Write Message.
2. Write your message. For more information on writing, see section
‘Writing text’.
3. Press Option to finish the editing.
To send to one recipient, select Send.
To send to more than one recipient, select Send To Many and Search
the names from the contact list.
4. Enter the recipient’s phone number or select from contact list. Then
select OK to send the message.
Sending MMS
You can use your mobile phone to send and receive multimedia messages.
1. Go to Menu→Messages→MMS→Write Message.
2. Enter the phone number of one or more recipients in To by selecting
Edit→Add Number. When you finish adding recipients, press Done
to back to MMS editing screen.
To send a copy of this message to others, move up to the Cc and
Bcc fields below the To field.
Enter the MMS Subject.
Move to Edit Content and press Edit to enter content for your MMS
Insert text directly on the screen.
Use Option to select add image/audio/video/attachment and so on.
When you finish editing content press Option and select Done to
back to MMS editing screen.
When you press Done in the MMS editing screen, then select Send
Only to send the message.
Receiving messages
Upon receiving a message, the mobile phone indicates with ringtone,
prompt, or a new message icon.
1. Press the Read to open the new message. You can also go to Inbox
to read the message.
2. Use the Up/Down key to read the message.
3. While the message is open, use the Option to reply, delete, or forward
the message. You can extract the sender’s number and then call back
the sender.
Call History
Go to Menu→Call History.
Dialed Calls, Received Calls and Missed Calls are saved in Call History.
If the records are full, the earliest saved records will be deleted automatically.
Also, you can view Call Time and Call Cost in Call History.( Call Cost
function need network supporting)
Personalizing phone
Go to Menu→Settings.
You can adjust various settings of your phone.
Phone Setup: Set display characteristics, set schedule power
on/off,set date and time , edit greeting text, set dedicated key,set
speed dial, select auto update of date and time, select flight mode,
set LCD backlight and keybacklight.
Call Setup: Select to activate/deactivate call waiting, call divert, call
barring, select to turn on/off the call time reminder and call time display,.
Network Setup: Set the GPRS connection mode, set network selection.
Security Setup: Security features protect you from illegal use of your
phone and SIM card, including selecting to turn on/off the locking
functions of SIM card, phone and keypad, set password for SIM card
and your phone.
Note: You need to input the handset lock code to enter the security settings
interface. The default lock code is 1234.
• Restore Factory Settings: Enter the phone lock code to restore to
the factory settings. Some personal information might be lost if you
use this function, so be careful.
User Profiles
You can select Option→Activate to activate a profile. Or you can select
Option→Customize to edit a profile.
Setting alarm
Go to Menu→Extras→Alarm.
• Set alarm: Select an alarm and press Edit to set the corresponding
features according to instructions.
• List alarms: Select an alarm and press Edit, you can view and edit the
alarm clocks settings. You can also enable or disable the alarms.
View Image
Go to Menu→Multimedia→Image Viewer.
The images you want to view in Image viewer must be put in the ..\
Photos folder in the phone or memory card.
You can select an image and view it.
Image viewer supports: jpeg, jpg, bmp, gif.
Play Music
Go to Menu→Multimedia→Audio Player.
The audio you want to play in Audio player must be put in the ..\ My
Music folder in the phone or memory card.
You can select an audio and play it.
In List, you can press Option to refresh list or make personal settings.
Audio player supports: AMR-NB, WAV, MP3, iMelody, MIDI.
File Manager
Go to Menu→File Manager. You can check all the folders in the phone
or memory card, create new ones or rename, delete, or sort, etc. The
files you download from the internet will be stored in these folders.
Note: When you select Option→Format, the data will be lost, so please
be careful with this function.
Go to Menu→Services→WAP.
The WAP browser feature on your phone allows you to view internet
• You can view the homepage when it has been set or input the website
address to view the web pages.
• The current website addresses can be saved as bookmarks on your
• You can set the features of WAP browser.
FM Radio
Go to Menu→Multimedia→FM Radio.
With the radio, you can search for radio channels, listen to them, and
save them on your device. Note that the quality of the radio broadcast
depends on the coverage of the radio station in that particular area. The
wired headset works as an antenna, so always connect the headset
when using the radio. When you receive an incoming call while listening
to the radio, the radio will be turned off temporarily.
You can scan for channels automatically or tune them manually. The
channels can also be set by inputting valid frequencies.
To adjust the volume, press the Up/Down key.
The channels can be stored in channels list. Open the list to view the
information of the saved channels.
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