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ZTE? Not Zitti, ZTE. Many of you may not have heard of this company, but they do make phones and are trying to wedge their product line into the highly competitive consumer cell phone industry.

The ZTE C78 is an attractive CDMA candy bar phone that provides basic users with a solid feature set that includes Bluetooth, built-in USB connector, speakerphone, customizable graphics, ring tones and supports MP3 real-music ringtones, along with a basic, no frills camera, alarm, calculator, calendar, etc.

With the C78 you can call, text, MMS, enter events into a calendar, even use the WAP browser to access the internet (though only in a marginal way). The C78 offers a 2” LCD 176 x 220 pixel display, a talk time of 3.5 hours and standby time of up to 180 hours.

There isn’t any breakthrough technology at work here, and this manner of candy bar phone has been done many times. But it is still a good phone, with a clear button layout and decent display, and there are many people who are looking for simple and good.

Operating system
Screen Size
VGA (640 x 480)

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Common Questions

ZTE released the C78 on April 1, 2008.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the ZTE C78 user manual here.

ZTE backs up the C78 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your C78 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact ZTE support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find ZTE's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The ZTE C78's screen size is Unknown with 220 x 176 pixels resolution.


The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

60 MB

Internal memory is 60 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 900 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 7.5 days standby time, 1 minutes.

ZTE C78 Specs

Release date April 1, 2008
Regions available Canada
850/1700/1900 MHz
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 60 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.99 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 900 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 7.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 4.8 x 1.4 cm (4.3 x 1.9 x 0.6 in)
Weight 99 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 220 x 176 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments -
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ZTE Crap

Zte C78 is shuts down on its own, it freezes after a couple of hours, it doesn't charge well after the first month of getting it. Now I can't have a conversation on the phone because I could hear the other line but they can hear me. Waste of money

nothng but problems

the screen freezes, this is the third phone that I have gotten in one year.


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