MyTV? May TV! Analog TV in mobile phone


A Sun.Star Cebu colleague bought an interesting phone recently. May TV. (Note: Pronounce may as mai; may is the Tagalog word for “with.”) It’s not Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld or DVB-H, the technology used by Smart’s myTV service. It’s good old analog TV, the free-to-air signals picked up by regular TVs using antennae.

Mobile TV MOBILE TV. Viewing QTV in TVMobile, a Chinese-made touchscreen phone that can pick up analog TV signals. The antenna at the bottom of the phone can be used as a stylus. Click on photo to enlarge.

The brand printed on the faceplate is TVMobile and for P7,000 (the price when he bought it), it is chock-full of features. The phone was made in China and came with a Chinese manual. It is being sold by a stall in one of the department stores on Colon St. in Cebu City.

The mobile TV offered by Smart’s myTV uses DVB-H and, apart from needing a compatible handset, you need to pay a monthly subscription fee to view the shows. With the TVMobile phone, you don’t need to pay fees, maintain a credit load in your phone, or subscribe to a service.

Since it picks up regular analog TV signal, the video quality isn’t that great, unlike the high-quality video you get with myTV.

When we viewed a show in his cubicle inside the Sun.Star Cebu building, the video was grainy—a signal that, in the time before cable TV, meant you had to climb up your roof to adjust the antenna’s orientation and shout “OK na?”

The phone, according to the colleague who bought it, can pick up local broadcasts of ABS-CBN, GMA 7, QTV, Studio 23, and the Catholic Channel CCTN. Unlike myTV, which is working to expand its channels lineup, you are stuck with these channels in TVMobile. I don’t think the number of free-to-air channels will be increasing. Cable TV channels might still increase but not free-to-air.

TVMobile also offers CATV connection but my colleague hasn’t tried it yet. He’s still experimenting with phone. The manual, as I wrote above, is in Chinese.

TVMobile comes with a touchscreen to control phone functions. I asked the colleague who bought the phone and he said he never encountered problems with the responsiveness of the touchscreen. The phone’s TV antenna can be detached and used as a stylus. Now that is really ingenuous.

Battery time isn’t that bad, he said. If you watch TV, the phone can consume a full charge in 1 and 1/2 hours. That’s more than enough time for TV Patrol Central Visayas or Balitang Bisdak.

The phone also comes with a VGA camera that can take photos of up to 1,280 by 960 pixels. It can also take videos in 3GP format.

My colleague said he initially thought that the phone was fragile. But after dropping it thrice, from a height of at least three feet, the phone is still working and he’s pretty impressed with its sturdiness.

The phone is a GSM unit with GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity. You can increase the phone’s storage by buying a memory card. The unit can store two SIMs but only one functions at a time. If you want to use the other SIM, the phone reboots to use it. Another Chinese-made phone I know of can work with both SIMs functioning at the same time.

The phone also does not come with USB drivers and a PC suite. But when you attach it to a Windows PC, the system will be looking up for MT6227 drivers. That’s your clue. Search for this driver and you can download not only it but an application that will allow you to manage the phone from your PC. After the installation, you will be asked to choose when you connect it whether you want to use the com port. Choose the com port if you want to use the PC application to send and receive messages.

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  1. Cool bro, where in colon did he purchased that phone.. ill be checking that this weekend…

    Did he tried the CATV already? pls post some updates if he did..


  2. where in colon?whats the name of establishment?what is the name of cellphone.Im planning to buy cellphone next month.thank you 4 d info.

    il wait for your reply.

    TY and god bless

  3. Guys,
    The colleague who bought the phone said he purchased it from a stall inside Gaisano South. He bought it for P7,000 but he said the current price is already P9,000.

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  5. Ei bro , i have here an exact replica of N95 series phone but i dont know how to used its TV function yet, can u someone help me here . thx

  6. Ive seen many of those chinese PDA mobile and are sold very cheaply here in Divisoria at the same price range 7-10K there are different models. im a fan of PDA phones but this has its own OS so you cant install that much of programs like Games, Players etch unlike in nokia which uses Symbian OS also like SE P910i PDA phones or O2 pocketPC-mobile phones. on the other hand, thats a sacrifice to do because the chinese PDA/TV phones has rich features + th TV which are not readily available in any branded phones. if this mobile sure has no glitches and bugs and of good quality compared to branded phones, count me in buying one.

  7. brothers if you know what you want from the phone and gave it like 100%
    theis phone take 80%
    even if it have it won os but the application inside it covers mostely every thing you want from it ..
    except that wirelless connection
    but it still have sotthen you don’t see it on mobiles , it have an analog tv
    i just proght it , the hell with the wirelles comparing to the tv thing
    it is gr8
    i love it , its been aloong time since i love a mobile like it
    and it is cheep comparing to thos nokia series in the marekt
    think of it like this
    if you wanna by small tv like 2.5 inch
    and if you wanna bye mp4 and mp3 player
    or if you wanna by radio for your car
    or even acamera 2 mgabixel you can use for web cam to you pc too
    all thos things and plus it is a 2 way gsm mobile ,
    and god it is cheeper that if you by any one of thos things for you card
    bye it and drop your dvd car and mp3
    and it cam with extra battary and car chrger and all the cable
    and even more its memory been recognised by windwos xp and the camera too with out any driver
    the hell with the com port if you dont finde the driver it haf a blututh
    thos chinees are crazy and the made mee too

  8. I’ve heard of these things as recent as October but I’m not that excited because for one thing, does it have a warranty that goes with the purchase. Sure you’ve got that TV analog, but how about if the unit conked after 2-3 months of using it? Will you be able to bring it back?

  9. ei!!! my boss gave me a chinese made pda phone…as a gift…. few weeks later my analogTV broke down….then my FM radio, i can’t hear a thing but my audio player is functioning…. then, my camcorder’s and camera’s module suddenly lost…. what’s wrong?!!!! did i press anything? i dont have any manual with me…. pls help… what do i need to do?!!! or where in manila should i bring it?

  10. When I bought my N38 TV mobile phone, it came with an English Manual. It came with a free 256MB microSD card. Then after 2 days, I bought an upgrade of 2GB micro SD and it still works. All the people in my office wants to buy one! 🙂

  11. I bought a TV mobile phone also and i was wondering if you know how to install games and themes.

    I kept browsing and browsing but i can’t find anything.

    Please help. Thanks.

  12. Please send me through my e-mail the English manual of n38 dual switching sim tv chineese phone

  13. I have also that cool phone. It’s really nice can i ask you something? I’m curious about the small circle in the upper front it’s that a camera? if it is how can i activate it?

  14. I brought my TV Mobile Phone (same as the one above, the K915) off Ebay. And it was a UK seller too who gave me warranty and after sales support. It’s a great phone.

  15. hey i have a tv analog phone but i was wondering is any1 nows how 2 get the tv to work in australia. as that is one of the reasons i bought the phone.

    plz help

  16. Hi jack,
    Can’t the phone detect TV signals there? As I recall from my colleague’s demo of it, the phone helps you in setting up channel detection for your country. Have you tried it?

  17. it has a option of select area but australia isnt in there and the person i bough it off from ebay said it would work in australia, so not sure what to do now.


  18. Hi people
    If any had already used the front cam please tell us how? because i cant find the way using it !!!!


  19. Parang maraming ganyan sa Greenhills. Hanapin nyo yung mga malalaking “Vodafone” or whatever brand na may malaking screen at mukhang makalumang 3G phone from Japan. Kung masasagap ko lang satellite TV…
    May TV… Nice name…

  20. ABOUHA.. just opne your cam then on the lower most icon.. the one with a camera 1 and 2 icon.. press it.. ther you go your… front camera..

  21. kenkoy… can u send me an english manual if you have.. limited ba yung.. n38 to 2 gigz?? hindi na ung 4 gigz?

  22. meron na cguro sa manila nyan.. nde ko lng alm kng san. dapat ksma na ung englis manual. nun bnili ko kac yan ipod lng ksma..

  23. oi brayan.. pag click ko ung icon laging nageexit. pulit pulit ko nang ginawa nag eexit parin. txt me gma guyz pag lm nyo pno ilagy sa front camera 09182308779

  24. nice phone.Still trying to search for more applications but can’t find even 1.Can u pls send me a copy of english manual for ztc n38 and also applications if there’s any.i want to maximize the features.Tnx

  25. guyz… if yu hve a copy of english manual 4 pda mobile phone (china) or f yu know how to open un gprs…. txt me nman… i need yah help… hirs my # 09053397322 my name is rein

  26. hai!
    can anybody xplain me about how to use the tv output card of n38? and what messege the cell displays when the card is connected to cell? plz give reply.,……

  27. i have a ZT 168 china phone. and its working realy well. in fact i like to use it more than my nokia n90. kasi daming features eh. then need not install cd for pc connection. e connect mo lang ang usb cable niya then the phone is connected to the computer na. u can transfer files from pc to your phone or from your phone to your pc.
    i bought this at 6000 only at
    and am very satisfied to use this. okey and tv reception except abs cbn. well… we know absc cbn has very poor reception dito sa cebu.

  28. plz tell tell me panu mg karoon ng new themes at tska ung games… panu ma download sa zt321

  29. I brought a TV MOBILE from a shop in CAMEROON. it was cool and had no problem but after three months I was trying to transfer music from a frends motorola L7 to my TVMOBLE, after the seach through bloothoot my phone started behaving fun going on and off alone, since the I cant use My Beloved TV MOBILE that I realy like. please if you can give me any technical assistance i will be greatfull.
    thanks in advance .
    che norbert

  30. Please anyone with a english manual for ZTC ZT 303 TV PHONE PLEASE EMAIL ME A COPY PLEASE PLEASE



  32. hello guys
    i am looking for phone number which is allow me to restore factory setting
    plz send it to my email

  33. does N38 china phone has the capability of downloading games, themes etc.? & how can i open gprs & mms since the process to activate it is requiring a legal handyphone model.

  34. hi max, i’m one of your many readers on sun star’s cell talk! i read your article today and is very intresting on trying the new and hip umobile sim.. can i pls. have an invite? thanks so much for the informations you gave us regarding cellphones.

  35. hi poh….. baka nman may nakakaalam sa inyo kung pano maginstall ng application sa n38 na vhina phone

  36. Its nice phone I have one already but it cannot log on, so I would like to have the software so that I can re-install. thanks in advance.

  37. hi! baka naman pwedeng makahingi ng manual ng N38 english version …. thankz..

    Email me at “[email protected]

  38. kakabili ko lang nung phone eh 3500 ko lang nabili ang mura nung price no pero nagtataka ako ang tagal nya icharge ahh ang tagal magbattery full till now di ko parin nakikita nga ung battery full,, tsaka ask ko lang talaga bang,,,, may kasam ung usb port parang ayaw gumana sakin

  39. does ne 1 no wot this phone is called and how to get a charger for cause my m8 has 1 and he is givin to me and it needs a charger cant find 1 ne where

  40. Hi anybody, can i ask? is there someone here who knows how to install a new theme and games of the zt321 unit phone? plsss. help…

  41. i have the phone but i really don’t know how to install i, the GPRS settings, how to install new theme. f there someone here who have a knowledge on what was the solution of my problem about my CP, can you send it at my email add? pls. here’s my address, [email protected] here’s also my number, just in case somebody know how to help me. thanks, GOD bless.

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