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Thread: Motelona 158x - Moddable?

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    its ok i have fixed the problem i played with the battery terminals and now it works...

    To those looking for beeter signal, i have just gone from no service to 3 bars and all i did was get a pice of wire 6 cms in length striped it to the copper and attached it to the antena itself, with the other end rap it arround the existing pice of wire but do not physicly join them... try it and tell me if you get the same results... was anyone els's phone filled with china porn???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elektracell
    Many thanks for this excellent software !

    I've had a real problem when flashing the brick with a branded/locked cingular R365 file... no subsidiary code, then.... locked phone !

    I've fixed the thing and now, it works flawlessly !!!

    V220 keypad issue when arrows + volume keypad doesn't work anymore :

    Go here : http://www.forumweb.com.br/foruns/in...0&#entry241430
    download the GMIV220011AA106 flex file for V220
    Flex the phone using P2k easy tool 5.3
    flash again your phone with a clean R365 file
    example : I'm using this file with my brick : http://www.esnips.com/doc/b8078230-a...09BXXU1113_1FF

    If your phone doesn't restart after a flash, try repairing the PDS file using repstudio...
    select your phone, then push "repair"

    All these things saved my Motelona from death...

    Kewl, a V220 Brick in the street !!!

    Thx to Howard Forum !!!

    73 !!!

    B.

    P.s. : flash/flex your phone at your own risk !!! It is not a simple affair !!!
    Glad I could help.

    Quote Originally Posted by scamdata
    To those looking for beeter signal, i have just gone from no service to 3 bars and all i did was get a pice of wire 6 cms in length striped it to the copper and attached it to the antena itself, with the other end rap it arround the existing pice of wire but do not physicly join them... try it and tell me if you get the same results...
    That's weird. I hooked my antenna's wire up to the antenna pad on the board and got better signal, but it really shot up and stays high since I flashed it and made it quad-banded. The problem I have now is RFI into the earphone/speaker. I believe pace1960 was going to try different ways of hooking the antenna up, but I haven't done anything to fix it yet.

    As pace1960 also advised the factory charger is junk and will cook your battery after a number of charges, so you might want to invest in the setup he has. I haven't done it yet, but I also haven't charged the phone in months because I don't want to kill the battery.

    was anyone els's phone filled with china porn???
    Not mine, unfortunately. Others have reported it though.

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    What You All Need To Know About These Phones

    the insides of yours are different to mine. mine states motelona xy968. i opened it up and it has the insides of the new K1, mine has all the same fetures and still has the little screen inside the phone glued to the back of the stanard one. the antena is not connected to anything at all so its only there for show. after having a chinese friend of mine call china were some of these phones are made, we discovered that the normaly use the motorola v180 flip phone. They also informed us that there is counterfits of these phones also getting arround, the motorola K1 phone in a motelona xy968 shell, prob a way to get hot phones out of the country...
    all of the the chargers are the original ones just modded, but the batts are larger. thus under voltage happens during charging thus limiting life big time. make sure its come in a red and black box!!!

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    you also need a flat bit of lead on the back of the speakers and this will eliminate the rfi mine has this inside

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    i dont like to opennit unless something go's wrong, next time its on the fritz i will take some photos...

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    Quote Originally Posted by m34jlp
    I just received my Motelona 158x and I cant delete text messages. I know it sounds dumb but I cant find any delete option! Does anyone have this problem?
    Select message then arrow down to message inbox, select, then use the CENTER button (looks like a bolt or threaded screw) and you will find the delete option as well as other options. Have fun!

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    help modifying please

    i purchased a motelona xy986 model from ebay. just arrived today and i already regret the purchase. i've read this thread and realize that this phone is junk. too late. anyway, it has one major problem - no signal! i see that some of you have opened the phone and accessed it through a usb port to modify the software. from what i've read, even after changing it to work as quad band there are new problems with signal interference. has anyone successfully taken this phone in a similar situation as mine ( i live in a large city and get no signal ) and modified it to work perfectly? i'm sure i could go to radio shack and get the tool to open it and get a cable to access the usb port and find some software and all that, but the soldering new wires inside and reattaching stuff step makes me want to mail it back to china. what can i do? any help appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by memichael81
    it has one major problem - no signal! i see that some of you have opened the phone and accessed it
    Hi,
    When shaking the phone, if you can hear something moving inside, that's probably the antenna wire.
    It's possible that the wire is unsoldered from it's tab.
    To open the phone, you'll need a torx key. I've used a T5 to open my brick.
    Take care to open it gently, there's 6 wires going from the main PCB to a sim connector attached...
    Then antenna tab is located on the upper left corner of the main board of the phone.
    Normally, the external antenna is not connected...
    Try to find the unsoldered piece of wire inside your phone, then resolder it on the tab.

    Hope it can help...
    Bruno.

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    maybe someone can help me with my motelona issues ... I purchased this phone and right away i was having b attery issues. The battery never held a charge past ten hours ... thinking that it was the charger frying the original battery i took apart the battery and wired in a 1640 mah motorola battery ... there was some improvements but in total the battery last about 24 hours with around 10 minutes of talk time. I now have no idea what to do next ... the core of the phone is a motorola v180, i can't imagine how a 1640 mah battery only last 24 hours with this phone. Any idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by okoeono
    maybe someone can help me with my motelona issues ... I purchased this phone and right away i was having b attery issues. The battery never held a charge past ten hours ... thinking that it was the charger frying the original battery i took apart the battery and wired in a 1640 mah motorola battery ... there was some improvements but in total the battery last about 24 hours with around 10 minutes of talk time. I now have no idea what to do next ... the core of the phone is a motorola v180, i can't imagine how a 1640 mah battery only last 24 hours with this phone. Any idea?
    Are you still charging the new battery with the Motelona charger?

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    negative ... i cut a blackberry charger rated at 5.5v and wired that to the original base. I think the battery is being ran down very rapidly because the guts of the motelona is a flip phone and having it on is the equivalent of keep a flip phone open all day ...just a thought

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    Well, I finally got around to buying a decent Tenergy charger and rewired everything so that it plugs directly into the Motelona charger where I pulled all the components and redirected the incoming power directly to the charging posts.

    The problem now though is that it finishes charging in just a few hours and will not last more than about 15 hours in standby. The first time I charged it with the new charger it lasted overnight and all of the next day, but it's been really short-lived since.

    I don't know if it's the battery or the phone, and if it's the battery is it just a bad battery or did the original charger screw it up?

    I'm glad this thing is just a toy.

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    reply for a motelona review

    hi, your review was really helpful, but i need to know, is the motelona a good buy cos my brother is looking for one and he's really retro. but alot of fones only last 18 months b4 they break, and we're a littl strapped for cash at the moment so we aren't gonna want to replace it very soon.
    thnks alot, fastchilli

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastchilli
    hi, your review was really helpful, but i need to know, is the motelona a good buy cos my brother is looking for one and he's really retro. but alot of fones only last 18 months b4 they break, and we're a littl strapped for cash at the moment so we aren't gonna want to replace it very soon.
    thnks alot, fastchilli
    I wouldn't buy it for an every day phone. Not only is the quality bad, but the sheer bulk becomes a nuisance. It's fun for showing off, but not for using as a phone.

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    Just got this thing on ebay, this thread is a lifesaver. Flashed (thanks to the link to Flash&Backup) to be rid of the super loud Chinese power down music.............works but seems to have a weak signal. The antenna is connected so ??? there........... Question - Do you have to flash it with v180 specific firmware or can some other models work as well?

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