My wife and I recently picked up a dumb phone for things like hunting/camping/fishing. You can get them pretty cheap, and the battery life is fantastic compared to most smart phones. Besides, if you loose it, you’re only out a few bucks.

While a dumb phone is, well, dumb, we were hoping to spruce it up with a few apps for some entertainment value. Especially if you use it while traveling, like taking a plane or boat to some remote spot.

After some web searching, all I could come up with was that AT&T, who sells the ZTE Z432 phone, said that this phone did not support any apps. I recalled the yester-years spent using apps on dumb phones, and I knew this just couldn’t be true. So, if this is your plight, and you also failed to find the answer through a web search, then here you go:

http://www.dertz.in/games/p/download-ZTE-Z432-free-games-9720.htm

I want to be clear that I am in no way endorsing “Dertz”, and I can’t say that all of their apps are safe. In fact, this may be a sure fire way to nuke your dumb phone. However, I did download and install this one:

http://www.dertz.in/games/download-Scrabble-Remix-free-java-mobile-game-10824.htm

and it worked great! How can you go wrong with Scrabble Remix?

The easiest way to install them, is to open the link in the phone browser. Once there, scroll down to the download button, and click it. A pop up will ask you if you really want to download that jar file, and if you say yes, a progress bar will appear. Once downloaded, it will be in your folders.

Find the app you downloaded in your folders, and click on it. It will pop up an install question, and if you say yes, it will ask where to install the app, in either Applications, or Games. In my case, I chose Games. After a minute or so, the app was installed and a pop up asked me if I wanted to open it. Scrabble Remix – game on!

I also experimented with the Bluetooth, which works well. Just download the app you want on a smartphone, or in my case, a Bluetooth capable computer, pair with your Z432, and send the file over that way, if you want to save yourself from painful dumb phone browser experience, or save bandwidth.

For the record, we can just insert our normal sim card from our smart phone into the dumb phone, and it works, however, we did need a sim card holder, because our smart phones use micro sims, and the dumb phone used standard sim cards, but they make a little micro to standard holder that your sim card can pop in and out of. If you need one, stop by just about any cell phone dealer, they should have one.

Linux – keep it simple.

4 Replies to “Finding apps for a ZTE Z432 dumb phone!”

  1. i want to buy the ZTE Z432 phone so i can play some old java games like Doom RPG again, but i don’t know if the game will work on the Z432 or not….so…. i was wondering if you’d be so kind as to test it out for me to see if it would work on the Z432 phone? i mean i know i should probably buy the phone and see if it’d work myself, but its 40 dollars so….yeah. if you could perhaps take a look into this for me, i would be ETERNALLY grateful to you! please let me know, i eagerly await your reply!

    thanks in advance for letting me know!

    PS: i used to game alot on java capable phones too, fond memories indeed!

      1. thanks sooooo much for letting me know! i tried J2me loader on an android phone but the virtual buttons on the phone are very difficult to press, and my fingers kept missing them. now that’s another reason why i love old phones; buttons are great because you can feel them.

        well in any case if you happen to find the ZTE phone someday or if you managed to get the java game DoomRPG to run on the phone, please feel free to let me know anytime. thanks again for all the help you have given me in this, i truly appreciate it! thanks a bundle!

  2. i want to buy the ZTE Z432 phone so i can play some old java games like Doom RPG again, but i don’t know if the game will work on the Z432 or not….so…. i was wondering if you’d be so kind as to test it out for me to see if it would work on the Z432 phone? i mean i know i should probably buy the phone and see if it’d work myself, but its 40 dollars so….yeah. if you could perhaps take a look into this for me, i would be ETERNALLY grateful to you! please let me know, i eagerly await your reply!

    thanks in advance for letting me know!

    PS: i used to game alot on java capable phones too, fond memories indeed!

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