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Old 09-29-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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Is there a reason other than they want people to buy new cables. I like a lot of things about the tour but honestly my 8830 was a better phone? If it didn't have that tiny audio jack I would say it was perfect.

Anyway is the usb port faster or are the old chargers bad for the phone. I just can't think rim would do this just to upset people.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
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They went from Mini USB to micro USB. Micro USB is the standard for devices now.
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Just part of changing technology, the way of our world. If we didn't have companies that used the newest tech we would still be using those phones in a bag that weighed 10lbs.
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Just part of changing technology, the way of our world. If we didn't have companies that used the newest tech we would still be using those phones in a bag that weighed 10lbs.
I had one of them! Motorola with the 12v battery that was the size of brick.
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I had one of them! Motorola with the 12v battery that was the size of brick.
Haha see. Now nobody wants to go back to one of those.
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The mini USB port was a definite failure point for the 8830 as well as other BlackBerry® devices. The micro USB is much more reliable long term.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:54 PM   #7
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They made the USB port smaller and the headset port bigger.
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But I always had service with the bag phones!
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You can get an adapter to continue to use your existing USB cables....about $5. I've found it at, let me see, either TMobile or one of the other carrier's stores.
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They went from Mini USB to micro USB. Micro USB is the standard for devices now.
My sense is the next std will be universal wireless
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I did not mind the micro USB, but why did they relocate it from the top left corner to mid right side. It makes things harder to use the keyboard while its plugged in than when it was plugged in on my previous 8830. Anyone see any logic in the design change?
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:29 AM   #12
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I did not mind the micro USB, but why did they relocate it from the top left corner to mid right side. It makes things harder to use the keyboard while its plugged in than when it was plugged in on my previous 8830. Anyone see any logic in the design change?
I read it's because the new chief of design at BB is a lefty...

And yes, by 2012 ALL mobile devices will be using microUSB (unless of course Steve Jobs has his way)
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:03 AM   #13
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Because of the placement of the USB port I cannot charge my phone while it is in the windshield mount (the universal type I got from VZW that just squeezes the phone on both sides). Does anyone know of a windshield mount that grips the phone high enough as to not block the USB port?
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I agree on the location comment. Hard to talk on phone in car when charging.



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Old 10-01-2009, 06:17 PM   #15
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The EU is either in the process of, or will soon be, requiring common charging ports across all mobile devices sold in EU countries. Micro-USB is the standard that is currently selected. So, it makes sense for hardware manufacturers to fall in line as soon as possible - and wag the dog - economies of scale means this change will affect devices no matter the market they're bound for.

Personally, I like it already. My Motorola headsets all use it, my iPhone external battery pack uses it, etc. One car charger, one travel charger, etc.

Makes sense for me, makes sense for the environment, most of all, makes sense for my wallet.

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Is there a reason other than they want people to buy new cables. I like a lot of things about the tour but honestly my 8830 was a better phone? If it didn't have that tiny audio jack I would say it was perfect.

Anyway is the usb port faster or are the old chargers bad for the phone. I just can't think rim would do this just to upset people.

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:38 AM   #16
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It makes sense for RIM and other manufacturers as well. By 2012, I won't expect to get a charger or sync cable with my phone anymore. That should save them $2-5 per device, which hits directly on the bottom line.
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Motorola part number SKN6252A
Mini to Micro USB adapter

Cost me $5 at the local T-Mobile store.
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Old 10-02-2009, 04:37 PM   #18
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I agree on the location comment. Hard to talk on phone in car when charging.



should be using hands free blue tooth. In NY it is illegal to hold phone in your car.
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:25 PM   #19
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Motorola part number SKN6252A
Mini to Micro USB adapter

Cost me $5 at the local T-Mobile store.
I'll have to go by there. Do they ask for your phone number when you buy things like verizon?
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I'll have to go by there. Do they ask for your phone number when you buy things like verizon?
I've bought three of these there, and just tell them I'm not w/TMobile. They haven't cared.
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