[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.