Getting Games on the Samsung t401g (may work for others)

[Note: This post applies specifically to the Samsung t401g, but may work with other phone models as well. I tried it (briefly) on the LG 290c, without luck, but didn't try it on any other models. ]

Okay, for a while now there have been people talking, both on this site and on the cell phone forum site HowardForums.com, about ways to get java games and other apps loaded onto the Samsung t401g. It doesn’t seem to work to simply transfer application files to the phone via USB or bluetooth connection. Some people have had luck downloading the games directly to the phone using from a site that specializes in hosting mobile applications, wallpapers, and ringtones. I also was unable to access that site on my particular phone, as I got an error message telling me that access was restricted (403). If you want to give it a try, here’s a link to an explanation of how to do that.

Other people, like me, had problems accessing the download site from their t401g, and looked for a workaround. Somebody figured out how to get games added to the T401g by sending them as an email attachment and then downloading them to the phone from the email. (link to the discussion thread). I’ve finally gotten around to trying it out for myself. I’m happy to report that it actually works!

In all, even taking a few minutes to browse through the game selection on umnet.com, it took less than 20 minutes of my time, and used up just 5 units of airtime on my t401g. So I was very pleased with the outcome. I can’t tell you how to do it any better than “mcweb” describes it on howardforums, so here I’ll just cut and paste what was originally writtenby mcweb:

1. On your PC, login to gmail, and attach your favorite 172×220 .jar file to an email and send it back to your own gmail account.
2. Now on the T401G go to browser, email and networking, gmail. while there you might add this to your favorites, to save a couple of page loads.
3. Login to your gmail account.
4. I wasn’t able to download the attachment while on the mobile site, so go to the bottom of the gmail site and change to “basic HTML”.
5. The page will be all mangled up but navigate the best you can to your message, click the message with the attachment.
6. From there you should be able to download the attachment, and run it. It will from then on show up in your games.

If you’re using the email technique, you’ll first need to have jar files on your computer before you can email them to yourself. To find compatible games, go to umnet.com and look for the phone model “Samsung t401g.” From there, you’ll see tons of games in the correct format (176×220), that you can download to your pc. Click on the games info page, then look for the little green icon next to the words “download to phone.”

Another helpful hint is to download all the games you want, then attach them all in the same email, so your jar files are all easy to find from your phone.

One other note – I was NOT able to load the Opera Mini browser using these techniques.

All in all, this might be fun for someone that has the t401g (or, if you have a different phone, give it a try and let us know whether it works). It takes a little time and patience, but it’s a lot better than paying almost $6 to download a game from the Net10 site.

12 thoughts on “Getting Games on the Samsung t401g (may work for others)

  1. HEY THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!! THANKS!!!! I used 15 minutes to download a flashlight and a english to spanish dictionary, and I also downloaded a moblile tv application and a google maps program, but these two don’t work. If anyone knows how to make these work that would be awesome! Anyway the things that don’t require the internet to work are amazing and cheap. Thanks!!!

  2. Ok update: not everything works on this website. I downloaded 35 more minutes worth of stuff and I found that rarely any games actually work. I downloaded 3 internet browsers (obviously they won’t work with net10), a fast and furious game, guitar hero III, sim city, need for speed drift, call of duty 3, R.U.S.H, and Guitar hero 5. The only game that works is Guitar Hero 5. I think this might be because it is the only game that is 176×208, not 176×220. I hope this is right, and I’m so glad that Guitar Hero 5 works because it is 59.9 units on net10′s website but really I got it for 50 (great deal right?…) Anyway I learned a lot about what games work so if anyone finds out more on the 208vs220 thing let me know!

  3. has anyone tried this on the LG290c. The LG290c is the same phone as the LX290c which is listed on the umnet.com site. The only reason i won’t buy the 290c is no games. The lg220c is also on the site.

  4. I was able to access Umnet for a bit…. then the codes I tried started getting me the error 403 message. I have not been back to try since. I did go to Gmail and do that way. It works well. With some games, it’s a hit and miss type of situation. Some games work, others give a white screen and yet others start to load and get stuck at the enable sound portion…. do not advance past that no matter how much you click the buttons. Hint, if you want to install multiple, add multiple to the attachment. When it’s done downloading and installing one, click no when it asks if you want to play now. It will take you back to the Gmail page where you were. Simply scroll down one more to the next scan and download in the mail and click go. I was able to install around 9 or more in a short period of time. Problem was, they were apps that supposedly worked on the phone (searched Umnet for ones for this phone) but none of them worked.

    • Yeah, I’ve also had the “hit-and-miss” experience. I haven’t tried it lately, but there are a few apps worth having. My favorite is a little Scrabble game.

  5. Oh, another thing…. When close to my PC speakers (they already pick up emergency vehicles keying in on their CB’s as well as taxi drivers doing the same. The fire rigs really make a racket, scares the heck out of me sometimes) with the phone during the download, it makes a morse code sounding beep buzz noise. It gets stronger the closer I move the phone to the speakers. The craziest part is I sometimes hear that when I am not using the phone…. What does that men? Is Net10 listening in on me? Are they gathering information from my phone such as what I have on my Micro SD card (BTW, it’s some movies, home made ringtones and porn!)???

    • I think that might be known as “GSM Scratch.” It will do the same thing when close to some radios or other speakers (it does it on my baby monitor). It happens when downloading files, and when calls and text messages come in. These create longer morse code type sound. Sometimes you’ll hear really short sounds even when nothing seems to be happening with the phone – this is just the phone “checking in” with the network. As far as I know, it allows the network to know where the phone is to be prepared for when a phone or text does come in.

  6. In this review you show two different resolutions for the jar apps one is 172×220 and the other is 176×220. I’m assuming one of them is a typo, so which is correct?

  7. I THINK I MAY HAVE FOUND ANOTHER WAY TO DO THIS. I’LL TRY IT HOPEFULLY IT WORKS. BUT LIKE WITH NET10/TRACFONE IF IT DOES I GON HAVE TO REALLY KEEP IT TO MYSELF (NOT BEING ARROGANT) BECAUSE WHEN LOTS OF PEOPLE FIND AWAY AROUND THINGS ON THESE PHONES THEY FIND A WAY TO LOCK EM DOWN. JUST LIKE THEY DID WITH THE MINI OPERA APP. SO HOPEFULLY IT DOES BUT IF IT DOES I WOULD BE WILL TO SHARE JUST PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW HOW TO KISS AND TELL.

    LIKE LAST YEAR AROUND THIS TIME I FOUND OUT HOW TO DL MP3 TO MY W76G VIA YAHOO. EVENTUALLY EVERYBODY FOUND OUT ABOUT IT THEN THEY LOCKED DOWN ATTACHMENTS. SO IT IS WHAT IT IS.

  8. I tried http://wap.jolon.org/22 to download a jar bible for mobile phone (about 1,4 MB) and it does not work (it said: maximum jar exceed)

    I though that because the size is too big, it does not allow me to download. So, I tried http://www.biblephone.net/wap/bibles/index.php/en/2/jar/MIDP1.0old and download the split version (128kb).

    So I just wonder if this phone could download & install 1,4 MB from GMail? Or is there maximum jar size for this phone?

    Thank you very much!

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