I know, I know, Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet, but we all know what day, and week, follows Thanksgiving. That’s right, Black Friday and Cyber Monday (which may as well be a Cyber week, as most online stores keep up the deals all week long). Electronics, and especially cellphones, are hot items almost every year, so we’re here to help narrow down, or help, in your holiday shopping needs!
Technology is part of our everyday lives now, and with that we have to accept that accidents do, and will, happen. Cellphones are probably the number one casualty in electronics accidents. Water, Dirt, Drops, shock, all those things we, as people, may run into every single day and since cellphones are right there with us, they can fall prey to such enemies of electronics. Besides being here to help with getting you a replacement phone, we’re here to help possibly save the phone, or other electronic device, you already have. Here’s a list of accidents, and reactions, that may help you save your precious device.
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
In previous articles we’ve talked about why refurbished cell phones are basically brand new, about how buying refurbished is good for the environment, and about how buying refurbished cell phones is a great way to save money, but we’ve never really gone through the actual figures. Below is a break down of what some of the most popular phones on the market cost if you were to buy them in a store compared to what you can get them for by purchasing refurbished. When you actually run the numbers, the average savings are over 50%.
Curve 8310 $349.95 $188.95
Curve 8330 $679.99 $229.89
7100i $379.99 $39.95
8830 World $549.99 $119.99
8703e $349.99 $48.99
7130e $379.99 $28.99
Pearl 8130 $399.99 $109.99
Flip 8230 $679.99 $174.99
Q9c $499.99 $129.99
Q $419.99 $44.95
Glimmer $549.95 $139.95
VX8300 $199.99 $69.99
Blackjack $499.99 $89.99
SPH-i830 $479.99 $99.95
Mogul $649.99 $139.95
Dash $399.99 $114.99
Sidekick LX $399.99 $129.99
Treo 650 $399.99 $65.99
Treo 700w $699.99 $75.99