I know we said farewell last year, and Jason has been running, single-handedly, the excellent 88-bar blog, but we still get comments on Virtual China posts and this one was SO GREAT that I just have to post it for you.
In Oct 2007 I wrote a post called “need for Chinese mobile hacking blog in English.” I had noticed an ongoing stream of comments at ChinaTechNews about how hard it was for people to find information on their CECT Chinese mobile phones. People were clearly desperate for info on help, hacks, software, and especially, English manuals.
We now have the same ongoing stream of comments on our blog. The space is wide open for someone to create services and information in this space, since Chinese phones are available in markets all over the world now. In fact, the “China phone” has since entered the vocabulary of a certain kind of user in places like India (at least for now), Nigeria, Brazil, Indonesia, and Pakistan.
I’m nominating Joseph Ramirez, who sent in a great comment today, as the one to start the China phone hacking blog in English. He lives in Mexico, so I’m guessing he could also provide the info in Spanish. I’m including his comment in its entirety below, but here’s his summary of the lack of software and information to bridge these devices and their worldwide users:
Unfortunately, nobody has developed a software that allow you to deeply explore your Chinese mobile phone or a tool to make and update your own firmware and modify whit the components you wish, and really add java and other cool stuff. Or if you know some software that does it please share your information. I think it is matter of time, because these phones are not very popular like Nokia or Motorola, but offer cool things and good prices, for example the black list for those unwished calls, or the ambient sound while calling, the MP4 player, the dual SIM function, the free TV or de IP dialing, those things compensate the no java apps, the horrible message alert ring tones and the noisy unlock sound effect of your phone, by the way, IF SOMEONE KNOW HOW TO REMOVE THESE SOUND AND ADD NEW TONES TO THE MESSAGE ALERT PLEASE TELL ME HOW
I get the feeling that there are thousands of people around the world who are being driven nuts by these ring tones and sound effects. Please, someone, help them.