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    *** Official NEC N-02A Guide ***



    ==========================================
    ~Introduction~
    ==========================================
    While this guide has been tailored for the N-02A series phone by NEC for NTT DoCoMo,
    it covers a lot of information that applies to most DoCoMo / Keitai in general.

    The 600 page manual that comes with your N-02A will tell you almost everything you need to know,
    however the manual is designed for people residing in Japan and often will ask you to do something
    that is impossible if you are living overseas. This guide will address some of those issues as well as
    provide a basic understanding of operations that people are messaging me about the most.

    I hope this thread becomes a plethora of information on the N-02A, so feel free to add to it.

    *Remember you can use CTRL + F to find what you need

    *A video by Mark from Unlocklink on the N-02A:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlMzODq3z4Y

    *N-02A on NEC:
    http://www.n-keitai.com/n-02a/index.html

    *N-02A on DoCoMo:
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/product/f...02a/index.html

    =================================================
    ~Table of Contents~
    =================================================
    1. Features & More
    1A. Features and Specifications
    1B. Manual
    1C. Drivers & Software
    2. Software Unlocked or Hypersim
    3. Ringtones
    4. Open & Close Sound
    5. Music
    6. Videos
    7. Phonebook / Contacts
    8. Flash Backgrounds
    9. Using USB, MicroSD & Folder Structure (where do I put X file?)
    10. Short Cut Keys
    11. Hints, Tips & Tricks

    =================================================
    ~ Features & More ~
    =================================================
    What Works:
    -SMS (160char English or 70 Char Japanese, can receive over 160char)
    -Video calling (if your carrier supports)
    -Supports 3G incoming and outgoing calls / SMS
    -Bluetooth for both voice calling and music playback
    -Supports up to 2GB microSD and 8GB microSDHC
    -Supports playback of the following file extensions:
    *JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, SWF
    *MLD, MID, 3GP
    *MP4, ASF, WMA, WMV
    *DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, TXT
    *VCF, FMG, VNT, VBM, VCS
    *LSC, SVD, TRC, VGT

    What DOESNT Work:
    -Internet / i-mode / GPRS / mail
    -1SEG (TV)
    -Ringtones in formats other than .MLD
    -Cannot play mp3's

    DoCoMo N-02A PDF Manual (ENGLISH):
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/b...-02A_E_All.pdf

    FOMA DRIVER 32bit and 64bit respectively:
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/binary/ex...er_vista32.exe

    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/binary/ex...er_vista64.exe

    Datalink Software (JAPANESE):
    http://datalink.nttdocomo.co.jp/data...p_1.5.3.12.exe




    =================================================
    ~ Software Unlocked or Hypersim ~
    =================================================
    The N-02A is available software unlocked, allowing you to just slip your simcard in without the need of a hypersim.
    This option will usually cost you ~10% more when you purchase the phone.

    If you choose to use a hypersim there are many quality options that will allow the phone to work flawlessly without
    the need to CPR your phone for months on end.

    =================================================
    ~ Ringtones ~
    =================================================
    Without an i-mode connection available, you will need to use .MLD as your ringtone format.
    The N-02A WILL NOT TAKE .MLD FILES OVER 100KB! If you load a file over 100KB onto your phone
    you will not be able to copy it from the SD card to the phone.

    The easiest to use program for this task is 3GX or MLD2WAV. Please note that both of these programs are shareware
    and thus have severe restrictions until you purchase a license to unlock all the features.
    The author of 3GX has gone out of his way to make his program available to users outside of Japan.
    There is a thread detailing this here: http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1511635
    Restrictions:
    3GX: Restriction of only 25 ringtones before you must purchase
    MLD2WAV: Restriction of 50KB ringtone size (that’s half of what the N-02A is capable of!)

    When making your ringtones, first decide what you want out of the particular ringtone, length with a slight
    reduction in quality? Or do you want quality with a severe reduction in length?

    An .MLD file should be MONO, and ~12.7 seconds long at 16 kHz OR ~6.4 seconds long at 32 kHz
    to stay under the 100KB limit.

    *While you can put 3GP files on the phone, and play them on the phone, you CANNOT set them as a ringtone.

    To playback and test your .mld files before you put them on your phone, use mfi2voice.exe available here:
    http://www.hundredsoft.jp/mfi2voice/mfi2v125.lzh

    Don’t have the technical aptitude to make your own ringtones? As IonNuke has pointed out, the Chinese forum
    UWANTS has a thread where people submit hundreds of MLD ringtones of songs including J-pop and English hits
    located here: http://www2.uwants.com/viewthread.ph...&extra=&page=1

    Please note that this thread on UWANTS is not specifically for the N-02A, so there will be many pages
    of .mld files that are over 100KB or files that simply will not play on the N-02A for you to sift through until you
    find what you are looking for.

    =================================================
    ~ Open & Close Sound ~
    =================================================
    Every time you open and close your N-02A it makes a sound. You can use ringtones as the
    open and close sound thereby allowing you to create your own custom open and close sounds.

    Please note that when creating your ringtone for the open and close sound it should be either
    .5, 1, 1.5, or 2 seconds long exactly. This is due to the fact that in the open and close sound settings
    you will have to specify how long the sound should be played for, and these are the only 4 options.

    To change the Open & Close sound, go to:
    Menu >> Settings >> Other Settings >> Open-Close Sound

    =================================================
    ~ Music ~
    =================================================
    By far the EASIEST way to get music onto your phone is using Windows Media Player and a USB Cable, so that is the method I will cover. You can get MP3's directly onto your phone using this method, with windows media player doing the converting automatically, on-the-fly, for you.

    Step By Step
    1. Set your phone USB Communciation Mode Setting to MPT Mode
    2. Plug your phone into your computer via the USB cable
    3. Start Windows Media Player (version 11+)
    4. Make sure WMP is in "FULL" mode and go to the "SYNC" tab
    5. Click "FOMA N02A" on the left panel
    6. On the right side you should see "DRAG ITEMS HERE", simply
    drag your mp3's to this section, as many as you want.
    7. Click "START SYNC" at the bottom of the drag items here window

    Windows Media Player takes care of the rest, you can now find all your
    music on the phone by going to:
    MENU >> DATABOX >> MUSIC >> WMA
    =================================================
    ~ Videos ~
    =================================================
    When making videos for the N-02A I have had great success when using TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress
    (others have recommended Total Video Converter but I find TMPGEnc offers more functionality,
    faster encoding acceleration, and higher quality). Several free software alternatives exist that
    you can find using Google, however they are not as user friendly nor hold the same quality as the
    above mentioned programs.

    Videos should be encoded in the MP4 (Mpeg4) h264 container at a resolution of 480x854 to fill
    the entire screen and use AAC audio. TMPGEnc will allow you to import almost any video
    (avi, mpeg, divx, etc) and then export it to MP4 at your desired resolution and bitrate.
    A bitrate of 1500kbps - 2500kbps is optimal for the best quality to compression ratio.


    =================================================
    ~ Phonebook / Contacts ~
    =================================================
    Don’t store your contacts on your simcard? Don’t have a previous Japanese phone to import
    your contacts from? Realizing it will take forever to manually enter 100 contacts onto your phone?

    The easiest way to enter multiple contacts from scratch is to type them up on your computer
    and then import them into your phone. This is especially useful if you have your contacts listed
    in another program on your computer, and can copy / paste the data.

    The datalink utility from NTT DoCoMo makes quick work of this task. Although the utility is
    almost entirely in Japanese, it is fairly straight forward, graphical, and easy to use for performing
    simple tasks such as transferring contacts or photos to your phone.

    Datalink Setup (JAPANESE): http://datalink.nttdocomo.co.jp/data...p_1.5.3.12.exe
    Datalink Manual (JAPANESE): http://datalink.nttdocomo.co.jp/data...al_1.5.0.1.pdf

    Here are step by step instructions (please see the image below for a visual guide):
    *Set your phone’s USB MODE SETTING to “COMMUNICATION MODE” and connect your phone
    to the computer via USB.
    Make sure you have the drivers installed properly, then start Datalink.
    *First you must create a log-in username / password, and log-in
    1. Click the phonebook icon on the bottom navigation bar
    2. Click this button for the transfer FROM PHONE menu
    3. Here is the window of what will be transferred from your phone to your computer
    You want the first box that I have checked here, to transfer your phonebook.
    You will have to enter your phones security code and a temporary code for the
    Current transfer session, as well as enter that code on your phone to continue.
    4. Once the transfer has completed, you will see the contacts on your computer.
    Right click and choose the first option (N) to add a NEW contact.
    5. This is the add a new contact screen, enter their name, kana reading, phone number
    and any other information you wish to add with ease.
    6. Once you have entered all your contacts, press the button in the upper right corner of Datalink,
    next to the button you pushed in step #2. This is the transfer TO PHONE button.
    You will see the transfer to phone window, once again make sure the first box is checked and you will now
    have to do the same temporary code session handshake procedure you preformed to get the contacts off the phone.

    Once step 6 is completed, you may disconnect your phone. Congratulations, you just saved
    yourself a tremendous amount of time by not having to enter your contacts on the phones tiny keypad one by one.




    =================================================
    ~ Flash Backgrounds ~
    =================================================
    The N-02A supports flashlite 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 for desktop wallpaper and menu functions. It is necessary
    to have a copy of Adobe Flash version 9 or higher to make these flash movies.
    In addition, Adobe Device Central is a great way to test out your flash without having to load it on your phone.
    Adobe Device Central comes with tons of phones preloaded, and lets you download phone templates from the web.
    The N-02A is one of the templates available as a free download, along with the rest of DoCoMo's line up.

    Once you have exported your movie from Adobe Flash into .SWF format, you simply drop it onto
    your microSD card and you are good to go.

    Don’t have the technical aptitude to create your own flash backgrounds?
    There are plenty available for download on the internet. Some popular sites include:
    http://www.zincr.com/rhythm/gallery/
    http://m.nsflash.com/index.php

    The Kisekae Tool may also be used to create themes, user be warned- it is in Japanese:
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/s.../kisekae_tool/


    =================================================
    ~ Using USB, MicroSD & Folder Structure ~
    =================================================
    USB Mode Setting
    1. Communication Mode – Data sync/modem (use when using software such as Datalink)
    2. microSD mode – You can access the MicroSD card in your phone over the USB cable
    3. MTP mode – Media Transfer Protocol (use when transferring music / media to your phone using Windows Media Player)

    BEFORE YOU CAN USE YOUR MICROSD CARD, IT MUST BE FORMATTED ON THE PHONE!
    To format your microSD card, stick it in the phone then:
    Menu >> LifeKit >> microSD >> FUNC >> MicroSD Format

    To put data onto the MicroSD card from your computer,
    you may remove the card from the phone
    and put it into a card reader attached to your computer.

    However, a easier way with less wear and tear on the phone and your card is to use the USB cable
    for the N-02A. You will need to set your phone to SD Mode:
    Menu >> Settings >> External Connection>> USB Mode Setting >> Micro SD

    To view files on the phone that you have stored in the MicroSD card simply go to:
    Menu >> >> Databox >> "*CHOSEN CATAGOREY*" >> MicroSD

    Here is a chart detailing the formatted MicroSD cards folder structure:



    =================================================
    ~ Short Cut Keys ~
    =================================================
    To use a shortcut key, hold down the button on the keypad for 1 second or longer, while at the standby screen.
    Press left arrow - Received call numbers
    Press right arrow - Dialed call numbers
    Press up arrow - iWidget (java applications and games)
    Press down arrow - Photobook
    Press the center button – Access the quick icon menu
    1 Display current location using the GPS function
    2 Configure 2 in 1 Settings
    3 Set the IC card lock
    5 Switch to ECO mode
    7 Display the font setting screen
    8 Turn Privacy angle ON / OFF
    9 Reset the screen / light settings
    0 Enter a “+”
    # Set or Release Manner Mode
    * Set or Release Public Mode (Driving Mode)




    =================================================
    ~ Hints, Tips & Tricks ~
    =================================================
    *Have your incoming SMS messages display the phonebook entry name instead of their phone number:

    Say the person calling you is 310-555-5555.
    In their phonebook entry has two numbers:
    Number 1: 13105555555
    Number 2: +13105555555

    Personally, I like having "Number 1" as the primary number,
    so it doesn’t "feel" like I’m making an international call every time :P

    *Have your phonebook sorted by reading under the hiragana heading instead of lumping every
    English persons name at the end of the phonebook under the "OTHERS" section, after "WA".

    You may notice that when you enter people into your phonebook, typing their name and reading
    in English will put them allllllll the way at the end of your phonebook under "OTHERS".
    Like some kind of section for outcasts and heathens! But you can have them listed under the hiragana
    headings that closest match their name, by inputting the proper kana (カナ) reading.

    Under the カナ(reading) section of their phonebook entry, simply enter their name in katakana
    for the corresponding English letters. In this example, the name Tom would be pronounced "Tomu"
    and written in your phone as "トム". This is easy to do if you are using datalink on the PC,
    if you don’t know how to type in katakana on your phone
    you will have to experiment with it until you understand the 2 or 5 touch input methods.

    Now, open your phone book and scroll over to the 4th phonebook hiragana heading, TA (た).
    You should see that Tom is now located here and not under the "others" section for outcasts and heathens!

    *Reprogram the function of your CH button:
    Since you probably can’t use the CH button to watch TV, it’s nice to know you can reprogram it to function
    entirely differently. For example, set it to open the camera. Find this setting under:
    Menu >> Settings >> Other Settings >> Ch-key Setting

    *Change the illumination settings:
    Clearly one of the main features that draws people to the N-02A is the illumination of the keypad.
    You may customize the illumination settings here:
    Menu >> Settings >> Other Settings >> Illumination

    *Set your SMS CENTER NUMBER
    Are you unable to receive OR send SMS just by putting your simcard in the phone?
    You may have to set the "SMS CENTER NUMBER" which is specific to your cell phone company
    (call them or Google to find out what it is) into the N-02A's settings. You can enter that number here:
    Menu >> Settings >> Connection Setting >> SMS Center Selection

    *Sending SMS in Japanese or using emoji / emoticons

    Setting the SMS Default Language to Japanese can be a pain, not only because many of your friend’s
    phones may be incapable of displaying Unicode / Japanese characters but because it limits every one
    of your text messages to 70 characters as well.
    A simple alternative is to leave the default language setting to English 160char,
    and then when you want to send one in Japanese or with Japanese emoji, follow these steps:

    1. Start a SMS as normal; choose who it is sent to.
    2. Press FUNC
    3. Hit 6 for SMS Input Char
    4. Choose Language

    This setting is temporary and only applies to the SMS you are currently writing! I have found that most
    iphone users can properly display the emoji and emoticons.

    *How to switch between languages (Japanese, Chinese, and English)
    Menu >> Settings >> 6 >> 8 >> Select the Language

    *Default Security code: 0000

    *Having trouble using Japanese software (datalink, 3GX, etc) on your windows machine?
    You will need to change the regional language settings to Japanese.

    In Windows Vista:
    Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> Regional and Language Options >> Administrative >>
    CHANGE SYSTEM LOCALE >> Japanese(Japan).
    Apply and restart your computer.
    Please note that this will affect other aspects of Windows, not just allowing you to use Japanese software properly.
    For example, every time you type a \ in most programs you will see the symbol for yen instead.
    This includes your folder structure C:\windows C:\program files\datalink etc

    If you do not have this setting, you will need to download Microsoft Applocale Utility.
    Please Google this for more information.

    In addition, it also does not hurt to have the Japanese language installed on your machine which is separate
    from changing your locale to Japan.
    In windows vista you can also find this setting under the Regional and Language options under
    "Keyboards and Languages" Install / Uninstall languages button.
    This will allow you to type in Japanese which is helpful when writing readings for your contacts in katakana.
    Last edited by vullcan; 04-07-2009 at 01:21 PM.

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    VERY NICE GUIDE!
    A lot of it applies to other Docomo phones too which is nice. Definite bookmark until I get my keitai.

    By the way, how do you sent up the IC/Felica chip inside the phone? I've always wondered about that.
    Also, doesn't 1seg work with the hypersim (probably software hack), but its only available in places that supply it (AKA Japan). If I went to Japan, it should work with the hypersim, right?
    [CENTER]Nande ya ne?

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    At the main menu, the last button is "Osaifu-Keitai" which gives tons of operations revolving around ToruCa and the IC card, including settings, if that is in fact what you are referring to.

    And yes, 1SEG works fine assuming you are actually in Japan, AND have coverage, at the time you try to use it :P

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    nice detailed guide. You should PM reel to get this thing sticked... It should just be dumped into the main page since no one really visits the 'others' section
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    sorry for yet another noob question but.....

    so NEC N-02A is software unlock, so no CPR, no hypersim rite? and will work on rogers GSM network?

    also, how to convert the ringtones to.mld? .mld not listed on wikipedia......

    thanks so much!

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    You can buy the software unlock version (no hypersim) which is only slightly more expensive than the hypersim version. Japanese phone dealers are currently selling both versions.

    To convert the ringtones to .mld use the programs mentioned in the guide (3GX or wav2mld) under the ringtone section. Please note that to use these programs your ringtone will first have to be in .wav format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vullcan
    You can buy the software unlock version (no hypersim) which is only slightly more expensive than the hypersim version. Japanese phone dealers are currently selling both versions.

    To convert the ringtones to .mld use the programs mentioned in the guide (3GX or wav2mld) under the ringtone section. Please note that to use these programs your ringtone will first have to be in .wav format.
    Software unlock is more reliable, better than hypersim? and how much more for software unlock than Hypersim?

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    No one can tell you the reliability because the software unlock has just been released, and not many people have it yet. It is assumed that it will be more reliable in the essence that you will not have to CPR and will not have one extra fail point (the hypersim) between your simcard and the phone.

    The people who do the software unlocking have not come forward with any details on what parts of the phone they had to modify, so there is no way of knowing if it has a possibility of making the phone unstable or if it would void your warranty with docomo. The advantage of a hypersim of course is, once you remove the hypersim you have a virgin phone again, just like it was when it left the factory.

    That said, I dont know of anyone with a modern hypersim who has had to CPR (in the USA mind you) except for the first time when they got their phone which is standard practice.

    The cost for software unlocking would vary depending on who you got it from but from what ive seen its usually about $100-150 added onto the price of the phone. Which is more expensive than the most expensive hypersim, iNex, which is usually about $60-80.

    A bare N-02A currently goes for ~$550-600 shipped to your door, and you're looking at at least $700 to get one software unlocked to your door.

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    Excellent guide I just hope all the newbies read it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AL9999
    Excellent guide I just hope all the newbies read it.
    We can only hope~~~~~ But I still have my doubts as to what happened with all the other guides that was posted here

    It's all good (^_^)

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...668534-IonNuke <<< My Feedback... rising from the dead.

    Everyone's on their own for hypersims. I'm out har har har har har~~~~

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    riel will eventually clean this guide up and put it in the archive...thats if it keeps getting forgotten. Either sticky this or we have to do a daily bump to keep this thing a float

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    Bump? That's not a problem to Brigade

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    After reading the user manual and trying out many things, I still couldn't get any back panel illumination like the following to show up. Any suggestions?



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    U won't. Those were customized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deasine
    U won't. Those were customized.
    Assuming it's software, how can one do the customizations? I tried to search but don't even know what keyword to use.

    The official Japanese product site has no screenshot on the back panel illuminations, except the two lamps.

    http://www.n-keitai.com/n-02a/ill.html

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