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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by inssane, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. inssane

    inssane Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    So I am off to get the vehicle mount.
    I called VZW store and asked them to hold one so I could get my VIP discount. I asked, to make sure, it had the car charger as well and they said NO - but a car charger separate is $30 :eek:
    Best Buy has them WITH the charger for $40 and Amazon has them with free shipping for $30, so I am going to see if BB will price match.

    PN for VZW store is MOTA855MNT
    PN for BB store is 89396N - which is the same PN at Amazon.com

    SHADY is all I have to say. That's why I am getting the vehicle kit - it would be nice to have the mount, but it also comes with charger so I kill two birds with one stone.
    Nice way to bump your profits in store VZW.

  2. inssane

    inssane Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Props to BB - they matched the Amazon.com price of $29.99 without seeing the ad!
    The mount is VERY nice, better than I expected and I am quite the road warrior so I will get tons of use out of it.
  3. rcourt529

    rcourt529 Well-Known Member

    Do you know if the vehicle mount works when you have a cover on your phone? I have the Black "Snap on Silicone Cover" and want to make sure it'd fit with the case on before buying it.
  4. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    None of the official Droid mounts work with a case. You'll need one of those grab the sides of the device type of mount if you want to use a case.
  5. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    So you're saying that not all retails locations charge the same price for the same product??!!??

    :eek: SHOCKING!!! :eek:

    Thanks for the heads-up. :rolleyes:
  6. DanSan

    DanSan Android Enthusiast

    yea i first bought the verizon car mount, then realized we carry it at my job (bestbuy).. the car mount for me was less than 20 bucks with tax lol
  7. xmr405o

    xmr405o Android Expert

    Yeah, going to the actual VZW store is no longer an option for me. In fact, why would anyone want to go to a VZW store anymore. From my experience, service is slow, they don't price match, they don't provide instant rebates, their prices on phones unless it's a promo is much higher than online retailers or non VZW stores. I got my droid at BB for a lot less since they price matched the dell mobility site.
  8. xmr405o

    xmr405o Android Expert

    Oh that's cool. Maybe I'll get it. I'm on the road a lot too.
  9. DanSan

    DanSan Android Enthusiast

    you very lucky they did that.. i have worked in my store since it opened and we NEVER match amazon. looks like you got somebody having a good day
  10. rcourt529

    rcourt529 Well-Known Member

    I purchased one of those long-neck universal car mounts today from verizon for $15, works ok, but it shakes around alot when driving, thinking about returning it. Anyone have recommendations on mounts to use for Droids with a cover on it?

    Here is one i'm thinking about buying, that I found in another thread on here:

    Samsung OEM Universal Car Mount - ACTH100UBAGSTD - Fommy.com

    anyone have one of these? if so, do you like it?
  11. inssane

    inssane Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    This one is nice because it comes with a tacky disc that 3M's to the dash so you can suction the mount to the dash if you prefer.
    There is a magnet in it too that sets the droid to car mode automatically, which is pretty nice.

    My whole issue was the car charger coming with it. It's like I walked into VZW and bought a Motorola charger for $30 and stole a mount - by going to Best Buy.

    I have had BB match Amazon before on an ipod a few years ago too. Just dress poor :)

    PS - "bigdroid" - I have a vent mount right now and because the phone is on the hefty side and because the charger plugs into the side, I don't see it lasting there very long without pulling out at one point. I'd rather not risk this phone dropping.
  12. messlah

    messlah Lurker

    damn! i bought both separately for $30 a pop. ah well, story of my life.
  13. crosschecking

    crosschecking Member

    I do think it's deceiving that some mounts come with the charger and others do not (mine did not), especially when both are "official" versions. OK if the price changes but not the product.
  14. maxxedout1694

    maxxedout1694 Lurker

    well i wa at a vzn store and saw they had a bundle sale on accessories. got a car charger , multimedia stand , and car mount for 49.99 . you should check on if the sale is still running.
  15. skunkpbguy

    skunkpbguy Android Enthusiast

    My local Vzw store loves me, my car mount was free. ;) Let BB price match that!
  16. katahdin

    katahdin Member

    LOL - I dont know if i should mention this, but I was surprised that the Universal PDA Holder - Windshield Mount works fine for me and even more surprised that it really does stick to my windshield when I found a flat enuf space.

    Plus i got it as part of a bundle - but they also sell them for about $5 !! On ebay - For Motorola Droid A855 Windshield Car Mount Holder - eBay (item 390132550212 end time Jan-16-10 03:39:14 PST)

    Has clips for vents if desired - noisy when the droid is NOT in holder - but we put a rubber band around it to stop rattle.

    Recall there are several company on ebay with inexpensive prices. Just took long time for free shipping
  17. inssane

    inssane Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    It sounds like there are some good deals out there.
    I like how the Moto mount has the magnet to throw it into car mode right away.

    I still think it's deceiving because the only one Motorola lists is the one with charger.
    Car Mount for DROID by Motorola - Motorola USA

    Then you go the the VZW store and it's not the same one.
  18. rcourt529

    rcourt529 Well-Known Member

    I really like that car mount and hate that it doesn't work with a cover on your phone. I don't understand why they wouldn't think to come out with one that is compatible with covers on. One of the first things people do when they get their phone is put a cover on it...
  19. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    Perhaps because if they made it cover compatible they'd have to use a more powerful magnet, but then that could have disastrous effects on those who don't use a cover, as the more powerful magnet would be closer to the phone without a cover (and thus post a major threat to the data on the SD card)....

    Or, at the very least, that is my conjecture. One that makes complete sense as well.
  20. rcourt529

    rcourt529 Well-Known Member

    Good conjecture. Motorola could create a mount that fits with the cover on and adjust the size of the magnet to work through a cover or just rid the magnet from the cover compatible mount altogether....
  21. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    Ahh, so make a separate mount for covers - but which cover, the Body Glove? Seido? The VZW one? A different 3rd party cover?

    I'm not trying to be an arse, it's just that, unless*all* covers are almost the exact same witdh / use the same material that has the same density / have nearly the exact same magnetic field ... disruptive properties (I don't know the term here, so I am trying to describe it) / etc. one mount simply cannot do it all. Way too many variables to factor in. however, without a cover, most of the variables are nullified.

    hence why both the car mount and the MMDock don't allow the rear part of the phone to have a cover on.

    Again, conjecture, but it still makes perfect sense to me.
  22. rcourt529

    rcourt529 Well-Known Member

    Ya, I understand what you're saying, there are a lot of brands that make covers...I guess all I can do is hope that eventually one of the companies will try to come out with a mount that is compatible with their own case.
  23. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    That would be ideal, or, better yet, all the cover manufacturers contract with the mount maker to manufacture mounts for their specific covers....

    The official Body Glove mount
    The Official VZW mount

  24. Kirch21

    Kirch21 Android Enthusiast

    you i got the car dock for christmas and refused to pay 30 bucks for a car charger when i can get one at a gas station for 9 dollars!
  25. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    A DROID car dock that has the magnet in the right place and automatically activates the navigation mode when the phone is inserted into it???

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