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USB and Data Cables

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

Knowing the difference between the two: a cell phone data cable and an USB cable is important, and can be so easily misunderstood.

The two are easily confuse because most modern cell phones now have a USB port (with an USB symbol on them), as well as similar features. A lot of people are under the impression that if it fits into the outlet, it’s okay to use, but this is not necessarily true and can potentially cause major damage to your device or computer.

The wrong cable can damage your cell phone or device and unfortunately, most warranties are not going to cover something like this. Some companies even state that if you hook these devices to your computer, it is at your own risk. In the end, it ‘s going to cost you to fix both cell phone and computer and nobody wants that.

Ok, lets get down to it! As you may know, a cell phone data cable can be used to connect your cell phone, PDA, black berries, smart phones and other similar devices to your computer. Some people have never even heard of a data cable while others confuse them with an USB cable.

There are different data cables for different purposes. The cell phone data cable, for example, allows you to upload various types of data to your device or computer. It transfers data back and forth between your system and the device; data such as contacts, notes, messages, pictures or videos etc.

Some data cables allow you to charge your cell phone through your computer USB port. You also may have to install software and update you drivers in order for these devices and cable to work properly. The most popular cell phones that use data cables are Motorola, Lg, Samsung, Nokia and Kyocera.


A USB cable which stands for Universal Serial Bus is used to operate, connect and charge up mp3 players, pc cams, digital cameras and other external devices etc. They are usually plug and play and there is no need to install any additional software for these devices to work properly.


Make sure to check with your user guide before making a purchase for any cable.

~Tweety Dimes

One Response to “USB and Data Cables”

  1. Tim Pate says:

    How do tell the difference? Also, can you comment on why some cables will charge your device and some just won’t. As an example, my Smartphone is fussy about the cable I use and I can’t tell the difference between the one that works and the one that does not work.



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