Model: ZTE Blade III

  • color: black
  • chipset: Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon @ 1 GHz dual-core CPU
  • GPU: Adreno 200
  • memory: 512 MB
  • internal storage: 4 GB (2.5 GB user available)
  • card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
  • SIM: mini-SIM
  • Network, 2G: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • Network, 3G: HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • Wi-fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: v2.1, A2DP
  • display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 65K colors
  • screen: 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
  • battery: 1600 mAh
  • os: Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • serial number: de0948c0

codes: enable emode: *983*673636# disable emode: *983*2567336# *983*3640*01# IMSI, *983*25# Battery Info, *#06# IMEI, *983*5182# Dev Info,

OS: Android, Firefox OS, Ubuntu,

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Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch,

History / work log

2013-06-19: if I hold down the volume up button when the phone is powered on, I get into fastboot / bootloader mode aka Android system recovery utility. Select with volume up / down, execute with the leftmost button.

2013-06-18: If I hold down the volume down button when the phone is powered on, it boots to a white rectangle on screen with the text "FTM". This is Field Test Mode, it allows you to flash the phone via usb, by using a program on you computer.

2013-06-18: I turned on USB debugging in Settings, Developer options. Then I connected the phone via usb and used adb from my Linux laptop to push the update.zip to the sdcard:

tingo@kg-u35jc:~/doc/ZTE/Blade_III/upgrade/Norway Blade III SD card upgrading instruction & software package(2020)-195650B1072ICS_P772N10V1.0.0B10$ ~/work/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/adb -d push ./update.zip /mnt/sdcard
3045 KB/s (249651064 bytes in 80.051s)

Then disconnect the phone and see if the update runs. Settings, About phone, System updates, it just says that you should copy update.zip to the root of the sdcard, when I press OK it just starts the update. After the update, the phone has a new kernel 3.0.8-perf-svn29906, zte-kernel@Zdroid-SMT and a new build number ICS_P772N10V1.0.0B10.

2013-06-17: the phone runs Android 4.0.4, baseband version P772N10B01, kernel version: 3.0.8-perf-svn28406, zte-kernel@Zdroid-SMT, Build number: ICS_P772N10V1.0.0B09.

2013-06-17: the package with the phone arrived. In the package: the phone, a battery, usb cable, usb charger, in-ear headphones (plugs?). Inside the phone was a 4GB microSD card.

2013-06-14: I found a black ZTE Blade III "demo" unit at komplett.no for NOK 765.- that I will use to experiment with Ubuntu and Firefox OS.