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Below we take a look at some of the various cell phone connectors that we currently sell in our store. There has been some confusion as to what connectors are compatible with which phones and we wanted to clear up any confusion for our customers or potential customers looking for the right charging device for their phone. There are many chargers to choose from but luckily all the newer phones coming out on the market are required to go to the new Micro USB charging standard by 2012. If you have an older device using a proprietary charger, don’t worry – we have you covered.
For the last few years the GSM Association has been trying to get a charging standard across all mobile phones. Finally, the new standard has emerged with microUSB being the new way to connect a charger to your mobile phone.
Companies such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Research in Motion (Blackberry), HTC, NEX, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have all starting moving to the Micro USB standard. By 2012 all cell phone devices will be required to use the Micro USB cable. Luckily the new Micro USB connector is said to withstand 10 times the amount of plugins and pullouts of other chargers already on the market.
Compatible Micro USB Cell Phones
|BlackBerry:||Bold 9650, 9700 / OnyxCurve 8520, 8530 Aries, 8900Pearl 3G 9100 / Pearl 2, 9105 / Pearl 2
Pearl Flip 8220, 8230
Tour 9630 Niagara
|HTC:||Desire, Droid Incredible (Verizon), Google Nexus One, Legend, Leo / Firestone / HD2, Aria, EVO 4G, MyTouch 3G Slide (Does not fit previous MyTouch 3G)|
|Kyocera:||E1100 Neo, E2000 Tempo, S1300 Melo, S4000 Mako|
|LG:||AX155, AX265 / UX265 Banter, AX300, AX500 Swift, AX585 Rhythm, AX830 Glimmer, AX840 / UX840 Tritan, AX9100, BL40 New Chocolate, CF360, Chocolate Touch VX8575 / AX8575, CT810 Incite, GM750, GR500 Xenon, GT500 Puccini, GT505, GW520, KF750 / CF750 Secret, LG830 Spyder, LN510 Rumor Touch, LX265 Rumor2, LX370 / AX370 / UX370, LX400, LX600 Lotus, LX610 Lotus Elite, MT375 Lyric, Shine II GD710, UX280 Wine, UX300, UX585 Rhythm, UX830 / Glimmer / Vantage, UX9100, VN250 / Cosmos, VS740 Ally, VS750 Fathom, VX11000 EnV Touch, VX5500, VX5600 / Accolade, VX7100 Glance, VX8360, VX8560 Chocolate 3, VX8610 Decoy, VX9100 enV2, VX9200 enV3, VX9600 Versa, VX9700 Dare, Sentio|
|Motorola:||IDEN Series i9 StatureA455 Rush 2 / Rival, A555 Devour, A855 / Tao / Sholes / Droid, CLIQ / CLIQ MB200 / Morrison / DEXT MB, Cliq XT / Zeppelin, Crush, i465 Clutch, i776, MB300 / Motus / Enzo / Backflip, QA1 Karma, QuenchQ Series Q Global, Q9, Q9h
QA Series Evoke QA4, Hint QA30
RAZR2 V8, V9, V9m
ROKR E8, U9
V Series Adventure V750, Rapture VU30, Renegade V950
Z Series Krave ZN4, Z9, Zine ZN5
|Nokia:||1006, 1606, 2605 Mirage, 6205, 6350 Snapper, 6500 classic, 6750 Grouper / Mural, 7705 Twist, 7900 Prism, 8600 Luna, 8800 Arte, 8800 Carbon Arte, 8800 Sapphire Arte, N8, N85, N900, N96, N97, N97 mini|
|Palm:||Pixi CDMA / Eos CDMA, Pixi GSM / Castle / Eos GSM, Pixi Plus, Pre Plus, Pre Plus GSMTreo 800W, PRO 850|
|Samsung:||GT S8000 Jet / Cubic, GT-i8000 Omnia II, i7500 / GT-i7500 / Galaxy, i8910 HD / Acme / Omnia HD, Instinct 2 / Instinct S50 / Instinct HD, M8910 / GT-M8910 / Pixon 12, S5600 / GT-S5600 / Preston Gallery, SCH-i920 / Omnia II CDMA, SCH-R350 / SCH-R351 / Freeform, SCH-R460 Myshot 2, SCH-R470 TwoStep, SCH-R560 Messager 2, SCH-R850 Caliber, SCH-U820 Reality, SGH-A687 Strive, SGH-A797 Flight, SGH-A897 Mythic, SGH-T939 / Behold 2, SPH-i350 / ACE II / Intrepid, SPH-M220, SPH-M320, SPH-M350 Seek, SPH-M540 Rant, SPH-M550 Exclaim, SPH-M560 Reclaim, SPH-M630 Highnote, SPH-M850, SPH-M900 / Instinct Q / Moment|
|Sanyo:||Incognito SCP-6760, Katana Eclipse, Katana Eclipse X, Katana LX SCP-3800, Pro-200, Pro-700, S1, SCP-2700, SCP-3810|
|Sony Ericsson:||Vivaz / U5 / Kurara, Vivaz ProXperia X10 / Rachael, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro, X2a|
Mini USB Connector
The mini usb connector is often confused between different devices. Devices such as the HTC have a slightly different looking port however all standard Mini USB connectors do fit HTC Mini USB compatible devices. The majority of Blackberry phones and Motorola phones as well as Garmin and TomTom GPS units also use Mini USB connections. HTC, Motorola, and Blackberry have all recently moved over to the the newer Micro USB standard mentioned above.
|While the HTC port looks slightly different than the standard Mini USB port,
Mini USB connectors fit all HTC devices that are compatible with Mini USB.
Just not the other way around.
For example, HTC Original Mini USB Cables will not fit into a Blackberry.
Mini USB Blackberry cables will fit into Mini USB HTC devices however.
Other Connector Types
Quite simple, the answer is no. When consumers see the term ‘unlocked’ in reference to cellular phones, it is most almost certainly being used to describe a GSM phone. To truly understand what an unlocked cell phone is, you need to have a basic knowledge of GSM and CDMA technology.
In the North American markets, and Latin American markets for that matter, GSM and CDMA are the two technologies that the dominant service providers use. What most easily distinguishes one from the other is that GSM carriers require phones that use SIM cards, and CDMA phones do not. Here is a brief breakdown on what technology the dominant carriers in the USA use: T-Mobile, AT&T/Cingular, and Nextel (Not Sprint/Nextel) use GSM technology, and Alltel, Cellular South, US Cellular, Sprint/Nextel, and Verizon use CDMA technology.
Because T-Mobile, AT&T/Cingular, and Nextel use GSM technology, their phones require SIM cards, which are portable memory chips that go into the back of these phones. When you sign up for a service plan with one of these service providers, your account registers to your SIM card and not to the actual phone (which is the case with CDMA phones). This technology allows you to remove, lets say, your T-Mobile SIM card from your T-Mobile phone and place it in any other T-Mobile phone and use that new phone with your account, instantly.
This is where “unlocking” phones comes into play. The phones that are produced for T-Mobile, AT&T/Cingular, and Nextel are programmed to only recognize their own company’s SIM cards. When one of these GSM phones is unlocked, however, it will then recognize any SIM card from pretty much any other GSM carrier. The ability to unlock GSM phones greatly benefits consumers who have service plans with GSM companies. Lets say that T-Mobile makes the same version of your AT&T phone, but the T-Mobile phone has a camera and yours does not. All you need to do is purchase an unlocked T-Mobile version, and you can now use that camera phone with your AT&T service.
GSM technology is arguably the worldwide standard as well, so purchasing an unlocked GSM phone makes world travel very convenient. Lets say that you are a T-Mobile customer with an unlocked cell phone, and you book a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Instead of paying international rate charges for using your phone in Mexico, you can simply purchase a pre-paid SIM card from a Mexican cellular company, like TelCel, and use it with your unlocked phone.
There are some features that work only with a phone designed for a specific carrier, though, so a consumer interested in purchasing an unlocked cell phone should definitely check with their service provider to make sure that the features that the need will work with an unlocked phone.